Life is short, death is sure

The disciples of Jesus often allowed themselves to have discussions of little importance. For example, they talked a great deal about food. 

After Jesus fed the 4,000 and spoke with the Pharisees in Mark 8, Jesus and his disciples got back into their boat to cross the Sea of Galilee. The disciples had forgotten to procure bread for themselves. In the middle of their discussion about where to get bread, Jesus said, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod!”

Can you imagine the confused looks on the faces of the disciples? This statement probably seemed like it came from nowhere. They must have thought that Jesus’ words had little to do with solving their problem with bread.

The warning Jesus gave may have seemed out of place to the disciples. They often failed to grasp the importance of Jesus’ words. They would soon have to face the actions of the very people Jesus was talking about. 

Jesus asked them, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Have your hearts been hardened?” (Mark 8:17). Jesus had just fed 4,000 people from seven loaves! Bread was of no importance. Jesus could give them all of the bread they would ever need. There was something more important the disciples should consider.

Jesus was preparing his disciples to preach the gospel of the kingdom. They had their eyes on a loaf of bread when they should have been thinking more important things. This is a common problem with many people. We ought to consider matters of eternal importance. Yet, we often allow our thinking to get sidetracked on minor matters  just like the disciples. 

It has been said, “Life is short, death is sure. Sin is the cause and Christ is the cure.” We need to think about the cure because life is short, and death is sure. We need to consider the truly important matters of eternity instead of spending so much time on the mundane affairs of bread. Have you obeyed the gospel?

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