Wednesday, September 19, 2012

That Filthy Residue!

Mark 16:12-13

(12) After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.

(13) And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.

I hate cleaning the master bathroom shower.  I have to scrub, and scrub, and scrub, and scrub, and it's just soooooo gross!  I can never get rid of the soap residue! 

My husband, Pastor Brian Magaw, was preaching one Sunday night in the book Mark.  He had been preaching a series of messages, going straight through the book.  Well, one word in verse 13 really jumped out at me: residue!

Now, I realize that in the Biblical context here, it means the followers of Christ who had not turned their backs on Him.  But, the more that I thought about that group of people, and the "residue" of Christians that exists today, and that awful soap scum in the bottom of my shower, the more I could see that we have in common! 

'Ugh, Mrs. Amy!  I know you aren't comparing us to soap scum, are you?' I know this is what you're thinking, but, just hang on!  I think you'll be surprised!

First of all, soap scum does not just appear overnight, in most cases.  It is built up over a process of many showers washing away dirt, grease, dead skin follicles, etc.  What doesn't get washed down the drain, clings to the sides of the shower walls and just refuses to leave.  What determines which bits of dirt, grease, and dead skin escapes the demise of the drain, is unknown-but the fact remains that not all of it gets washed away. 

The Holy Spirit is no respecter of persons.  The Bible tells us in Acts 2:21, "...that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

It is only by His grace and mercy that any of us, dead in sin, have been given eternal life and have escaped the drain of hell.  Praise the Lord.

I often find myself comparing our church to other larger churches and being envious that we are so small.  But, then I can look at the people that we have-and they are so faithful.  It has taken a while to build up, just like the soap scum in the shower, but they're are still there-faithfully hanging on.

Ok. Back to the residue-here's Webster's definition of the word:

"residue" : something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or after the completion of a process

The text in Mark talks about after Jesus has died, has been buried, has bodily risen, and is now being seen among several people.  These people have come to the "residue" of disciples and other believers whose world has just been turned upside down.

I love how the definition about says after the "completion" of the process.  Praise the Lord Jesus will never have to die again for our sins.  When He said, "It is finished," it was just that-FINISHED!
(that was free :) )

The disciples had really been through a "tough scrubbing".  They had just seen Jesus be tortured, killed, and buried-very quickly, really, in the course of just a few days.  But, they were still there.  They were pretty hard to get rid off-just like soap scum!

There will be many trials that will come our way, and you will want to quit.  You'll want to just go with the flow.  But keep clinging to the white walls of the shower.  We don't deserve to be there, but we've gotta just keep clinging to the Saviour.  Keep staying by the stuff! 

"For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."   (II Timothy 1:12)

Jesus is able to keep us safe, no matter how hard the devil tries to scrub us off.  Don't be ashamed...



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