As I was reading today’s three chapters, I kept comparing my holiday weekend with what I was reading. I thought of the pictures of 4 generations we took as I read Luke’s genealogy. When I got to “Nathan, son of David” I had to do some research because I remember blogging about Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, a few days ago, see here.

“…Matthew’s account follows the lineage of Joseph, while Luke’s account follows the lineage of Mary…”

When I read about John eating wild locusts and honey, (Matthew 3:4), I thought about all of the cookies and caffeine I had consumed. (Sigh.)

I thought of my grown son’s antics as I read of Jesus choosing two sets of brothers as his first disciples; and of our extended family when I read of Simon’s mother-in-law being sick.

I ate at tables covered with tablecloths, decorations, and fancy table settings, while John and Jesus spent time in the wilderness and desolate places.

John lived his entire life in the wilderness and that was where he preached. Jesus was driven to the wilderness by the Holy Spirit, where he was tempted by Satan and ministered to by angels, Mark 1:12, 13.

When Jesus began his ministry, he chose the first 4 disciples, Mark 1:16, 19; and then established his authority over:

  1. Spirits, Mark 1:23-28
  2. Sickness, Mark 1:29-31
  3. Diseases, Mark 1:40-45

Jesus chose to go to the desolate places.

Mark 1:35, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” ESV

I’m not thinking of skipping the New Year’s Eve open house at Mike & Paula’s, but I am going to seek time in a “desolate place.” It looks like I will be getting up early, while it is still dark.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this season and the time with our families. Thank you for the reminder that the most important thing is the time spent with you.