‘Cause everything’s stuck and everything’s frozen
And everyone’s broken and nobody moves
And everyone’s scared that the motion will never come…
This is the incompletion, stuck in a line
Love is the Movement / Love is a Revolution
This is Redemption / We don’t have to slow back down
Switchfoot, Love is the Movement
There is no lack of motion in our world. A surface glimpse into the people of LA, or New York, or even Springfield, will show lots of activity, lots of empty vibration, but is there motion? Is there a movement?
Sir Isaac Newton taught us that a body in motion tends to stay in motion, unless a force acts against it. In which case, its motion and energy is transferred into the object which has stopped it. Billiards is a perfect example. The cue stick transfers energy to the cue ball, the cue ball transfers energy to the other balls, and the other balls may continue the chain of motion.
For the global and eternal impact he made, Jesus’ ministry was amazingly short: 3 years full of energy and full of motion, narrowly focused to transfer from the corporeal body of Christ (himself), to the universal Body of Christ (us).
The Gospel of Mark is a terse and lively account of this body in motion. And everything that we read from the life of Jesus will shed light on the motion that he has intended for us to carry on. “You will do greater things than me,” he said. Because he healed the blind, we are Enlightened. Because he multiplied the bread and fish, we are Fulfilled. Because he died unjustly, we are Justified.
Because he moved, we have a Movement.
This is the idea behind my upcoming message series at The Core’s Sunday morning Worship Gatherings. To follow the movements of Jesus, we’ll be walking through the gospel of Mark, two chapters at a time. Here’s the calendar:
August 23 – A Body In Motion (Introduction)
August 30 – Mark 1 & 2
September 6 – Mark 3 & 4
September 13 – Bye
September 27 – Mark 7 & 8
October 4 – Mark 9 & 10
October 11 – Bye
October 18 – Mark 11 & 12
October 25 – Mark 13 & 14
November 1 – Mark 15 & 16