More about Greatness
Jesus invited the meek and humble to, “Come, learn of me….” He possessed a different greatness because he was concerned about weary laborers. He was humble. The Gospel of Mark adds another insight into his greatness. The early chapters give insight into the condition of ordinary people. They suffered various diseases (1:34), fevers (1:23) demon possession, (2:3) leprosy, (1:40), paralysis (2:3), fear of nature (4:40) and fear of death (5:23). Moreover, the religious and political leaders of the day enslaved them, used them, oppressed them, and neglected their well-being. The New Testament reveals ordinary people who have no dominion over their lives.
No wonder the disciples were “amazed” when Jesus calmed the storm, drove out demons, healed the leper, the cripple, the blind, deaf, mute and even raised the dead. He had dominion of all things and paved the way toward life as it was created to be for everyone who followed him.
But, strong healthy people who realize that they were created for “abundant life” (John 6:10), can be a threat to the status quo. That is one reason he was crucified.