Struggling With Your Heart

Struggling With Your Heart
Pastor Bill Lentz

 

     The Baptism and Temptation stories in Mark are told with an astonishingly brevity of language. This does not mean the stories are unimportant. They are necessary to understand the heart of Jesus. In the baptism story, Jesus stands in solidarity with his people and in communion with God’s purpose for his life. Jesus is Messiah, but the kind of Messiah he will be is yet to be revealed. The temptation story hints that Jesus’ heart will struggle with earthly and cosmic forces as symbolized in the presence of wild animals and angels in the desert. Toward the end of his ministry, Jesus will meet a young man whose heart also struggles with temptation. It will be revealed that Jesus’ heart is full of love for God and all people, while the young man’s heart is full of things he cannot release. Lent is a type of wilderness wherein our heart’s faith in tested and we struggle with an unsettling God. Hear more...