For Lent I have given up checking Facebook except for following posts to the church's group page. It has been an instructive experience as I have realized just how contentious social media has become. I have found that without a daily dose of angry posts, memes attacking different groups, and articles shared in order to stake out positions on divisive issues, my soul is calmer and my mind less agitated. That is the mood of our day though, isn't it? Our society is raising increasingly hard questions offered at high volume and seemingly with the greatest possible urgency. And they demand answers. Jesus in Mark 11:27-12:44 faces 7 confrontations centered around just those sorts of questions (so take heart, social media did not create this phenomenon) from the leaders and influencers of his day. I love how these questions do not trouble his soul or agitate his mind. Our sovereign savior shows us how to live out of his free and sovereign authority with security in an angry and divided world. I pray we will be encouraged and instructed as we come for worship this week.
1) What questions does our culture ask of Jesus? What about you?
2) In what ways do you feel trapped by the pressures of our society?
3) How do you need to be freed to embrace Jesus' better way?