I heard a sermon tonight that reminded me of who we are as the church (since we ARE the church and not GOING to church, ever hear that before?) In Mark 3, after Jesus is accused of casting out demons in the name of Satan. After giving the Pharisees a good old fashioned rebuke, his mother and brothers come to see him. When Jesus was told that they arrived, he replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers? Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” This is hard for many to swallow because it looks as though Jesus is being disrespectful toward his mother. This is no the case.
The true meaning behind this statement is that when people gather together to do things in the name of God, Christ dwells among them and they are the family of Christ. Wouldn’t that be nice? If we are truly gathered together as a church to do the work of God for the sake of his people (including us within the church), would that not be an amazing family? A family where everyone is loved and supported and encouraged. A family where the hurting are given a shoulder to cry on and an arm to lean on. A family where those who have lost their confidence can be lifted up. A family where those who feel blessed and empowered can be there for their fellow brothers and sisters. I think that sounds rather nice in deed. THAT, is what The Crossing should be. Anyone interested?