Mark 3:21,30,11 (New International Version)
21 … ‘He is out of his mind.’
30 … ‘He has an impure spirit.’
11 … ‘You are the Son of God.’
“Mad, bad and dangerous to know” is how Lady Caroline Lamb described Lord Byron. The same words could be used to describe Jesus. They have been.
“He is out of his mind.”
This is what his family said.
They were concerned (Mark 3:21), they acted on their concern (Mark 3:31-32), but Jesus’ concerns were wider (Mark 3:33-35).
Jesus was saying any one could be part of his family.
“He has an impure spirit.”
This is what the teachers of the law said.
They came from Jerusalem. They said Jesus was as bad as can be, possessed by Beelzebub, the prince of demons (Mark 3:22).
Jesus shows the inconsistency of their logic, turning the tables on them, saying, in fact, that the view they had of him was as bad as can be (Mark 3:23-29).
Dangerous to know.
“You are the Son of God.”
This is what the cast-out spirits said.
They took Jesus seriously, they fell at his feet, they knew his power.
Mr Beaver, in the book “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, says much the same thing.
“Safe?” said Mr Beaver, “don’t you hear what Mrs Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you”.
Who are you going to believe? Jesus’ family, the teachers of the law, the cast-out spirits?
Who is the Jesus you never knew? Lunatic, Liar or Lord? You be the judge.