FEBRUARY 6: THIS MAN

THIS MAN

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, 'One thing thou lackest; go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross and follow Me.'
And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved; for he had great possessions."
Mark 10:21-22
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This passage from Mark has been thoroughly digested by preachers and theologians.
-Warnings on the ills of money and materialism have resounded.
-Sermons on giving, tithing, and surrender have been launched.
-Warnings on Kingdom resistance and even removal have been suggested.
All of these legitimate themes are real and active participants in the story but this is not the heart of it ... and this is the part of it I wish to speak to.
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"And when He was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to Him, and asked Him, 'Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?'"
Mark 10:17
Jesus beheld "this" beautifully enthusiastic individual and He loved him.
Jesus beheld the full lope of engagement running towards Him, the submissive repose of a kneeling posture forming quickly before Him, and the intense desire of "wanting to please" emanating from him.
And Jesus ... favored him.
Desired him.
Loved him.
Jesus craved a relationship with him and not religion from him.
Jesus wanted "this" particular man to be the recipient and benefactor of a love that transcended wealth. He wanted "this" particular man to receive a grace and love experientially more powerful, tangible, and real than anything he had yet put his hands on or mind around.
Jesus wanted "this" particular man to experience a real and loving relationship with Him.
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But it's hard to experience the Father's love without the experience of emptiness.
It's hard to experience free love without the doing, measuring, and monitoring of it.
It's hard to receive love when the head is supplied with themes divided into systems, categories, and rules that outline it visibly.
Jesus knew this ...
He knew that "this" particular man was morally good, sound, and religiously righteous, as evidenced in the context (vs.18-19).
But He also knew there was more ...
and He wanted "this" particular man to experience it.
Jesus craved a relationship with him and not religion from him.
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 Jesus is always wanting us to experience more.
Jesus longs for us to experience immeasurable and unconditional love,
 unfathomable grace,
His intoxicating presence.
In real form,
in realized ways,
He wants to provide, give, and nurture something "in" us beyond what we have experienced.
He wants to favor us and "outdo" what has been given us.
Jesus craves a relationship with us and not religion from us.
The loving favor of God releases us, compels us, and tells us ...
to simply let go.
Release and receive the more.
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