“He has lost his senses.” Mark iii, 21.
The crowds who gathered around Jesus were amazed at the miracles that he performed. They marveled at His authority over sickness, over demons and even death. Yet, there were a few who observed His lifestyle and concluded that He had “lost his senses.” Why would anyone say that about Jesus?
Mark’s portrait of Jesus’ public ministry will help us see why skeptics thought Jesus was senseless. In Mark ii.1, we read that Jesus returned to his house in Capernaum after several days of ministry elsewhere. Yes, Jesus indeed had a house in that Galilean town where he had chosen to “settle” down! (Matt iv, 13). Jesus’ home was no retreat away from the crowds. When people came to know that He was home, they came to Him. Indeed so many had gathered there to listen to His teachings. That’s when four men carried a paralytic to Jesus’ home. We know what they did to get the sick man to Jesus. They removed the roof above Him. Luke says that they removed the ‘tiles’ (v, 19). And then, they “dug an opening” that was big enough for a horizontal “stretcher” to be lowered! Think of it! Jesus could have healed the man without any of this trouble or loss. Instead, he let four men dig a massive opening in the roof of His house so that He could honor their faith! (ii, 5) Mark does not tell us how Jesus got his roof fixed. That was immaterial as far as the Savior and His mission were concerned. Bringing forgiveness and healing to a paralytic was more important to Jesus than maintaining a roof over his head.
In the following chapter, we read of Jesus’ return to his home after a busy time of ministry (iii, 20). Jesus had just chosen twelve apostles; they too were with Him. As usual, the crowds gathered at His home “to such as extent that they could not even eat a meal.” When Jesus’ relatives heard of this, they declared that Jesus had “lost his senses.” The scribes from Jerusalem pitched in and said that Jesus was “possessed by Beelzebul.” Finally, Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived at Jesus’ home. The place was so crowded that they had to stand outside and send word to summon Him. Probably they intended to take the “black sheep” of the family to Nazareth to rehabilitate Him.
If Jesus lived and served in the present day, would our reaction to his selfless lifestyle be any different from that of His mother and brothers? How do we describe people who do not care about the integrity of their house or are too busy to rest or even have food?
Jesus’ lifestyle superseded our categories of sanity, productivity and discipline. Ask the paralytic who was lowered through Jesus’ roof. Ask the demoniacs and other sick people who were delivered by an over-worked Jesus. They will praise Him for His love and sacrifice. For the multitudes that thronged around Him seeking His mercies, He wasn’t senseless. He was the embodiment of divine love. He was their all-powerful Savior. Ask the Twelve who shared His authority and ministry. To them, Jesus was their role model for service and leadership.
If you crave for Jesus’ healing touch or for a divine intervention in your life, know that Jesus will move heaven and earth to reach out and deliver you. You are more important to Him than any other thing. If, while on earth, He did not care to have his lunch on time or did not complain when His roof was dug up, Jesus will go to any length to answer your cry.