Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is a time when it seems that everything is on sale – but only for a few hours. You might ask yourself, “What could Black Friday have to do with the life of Jesus?” It is the crowds. When I try to imagine the size and behavior of the crowds that surrounded Jesus during His ministry, the frantic bargain shoppers on Black Friday are the closest examples I can bring to mind. People scrambling for a healing touch from Jesus had even more motivation to push, shove, and be aggressive than our modern day Christmas shoppers do.
So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him. - Mark 3:9 (NKJV)
In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples… - Luke 12:1 (NKJV)
We see the news footage every year of people behaving very badly in order to purchase something at a discount. It is times like these when people are often at their worst. With this in mind, it is amazing to think that Jesus was in the center of these unruly crowds and yet He still showed them love and compassion.
This is further proof of what we already know – Jesus wants us to come to Him just as we are. We don’t have to clean up our act first. He just wants a relationship with us. After that, His Holy Spirit will help us work through the changes we need to make. This is astounding, beautiful, and comforting news.
Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." – Luke 5:31-32 (NKJV)
Let’s take this Good News into the holiday season ahead. And this includes the time when we are shopping. Fellow Christians, let’s walk through Black Friday in love. His Spirit will help us!
Posted on Wed, October 31, 2012
by Shawnna Casazza filed under