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Good Morning MVC · April 6th

by Joe Phenisee on April 5, 2020
Good Morning MVC

Hope you are all having a great start to your Monday morning. Most days, Jill and I are all about those Quaker Oatmeal Squares, but today we have chai tea and sous vide oatmeal bites on the menu, because sometimes we just need to be a little extra.

For those of you who are a tad confused, extra was a slang word that was a part of the social media vernacular rotation around 2015.

It means, to be over the top or dramatic in behavior. 

For example: when everyone on staff is ordering coffee, and you’re the only one asking for a iced matcha latte with oat milk and a pack of stevia. You’re extra. 

It’s likely that people back then thought Jesus was being a little extra as well. The day after Palm Sunday, we find Jesus doing something completely insane in the Gospel of Mark. He is getting upset over a fig tree. 

I could imagine the disciples whispering to one another, wondering if Jesus was in his right mind. After all, it wasn’t the season for figs. It was normal for the tree to be fruitless, and yet Jesus could not accept this. 

Based on the actions that follow, it’s clear that Jesus wasn’t being extra about his breakfast options, but using the fig tree as an analogy for the temple. 

Like the fig tree, the temple was operating as usual, especially during the Passover season . There was nothing amiss about the exchange of currency or the sale of animals. Both were crucial and necessary for worship. 

The problem for Jesus was not what was happening in the temple, but that there was no fruit coming out of the usual and the normal. Because, while the temple was busy in doing all the right things, it neglected what it meant to truly worship and love the God of Israel. The temple got so caught up in its practices, that it lost sight of its passion for the widow, orphan, and stranger, and thereby has robbed God of the praise he is due. 

Perhaps it is only fitting that the day after we welcome Jesus into our lives as king, he is already moving to challenge us and to flip over the tables and practices we have become so accustomed to.

So as we walk into Holy Week, I wonder what are the things that have become normal for us? Rote for us? I know we are aren’t selling animals to be sacrificed... I hope, but what is Typical in how we go about our faith, that we have not stopped once to question if there is fruit in it?

My prayer is that in this season of chaos and interruption, God would use this time to reveal the areas in our lives where practice has taken the place of passion, so that when everything is said and done, we do not return to life as normal, but come out of this changed, renewed, and our hearts ever more inclined to the cares of God. 

We love you MVC, we are praying for you and we are excited to be celebrating this Easter season in ways we never could have imagined,  but praise God that he works outside the usual and the normal. 

Join us this Friday for our Good Friday service at 7pm, and tomorrow we will be back live for Good Morning MVC at 9am. 

Till then, take care.