Do you want to be famous? Many people in the world today want their 15 minutes of fame. They want the world to know who they are and what they have done whether or not it is good or bad. We see and know world leaders by recognition like Queen Elizabeth or Donald Trump, but we aren’t so familiar with who is the King of Spain or the president of Slovenia. We many know Hollywood actors by facial recognition but I would guess that most of us would not want to trade places with any of them.
Jesus had become the most recognized face in Israel. In Mark 6 it says that Jesus and his disciples came to Gennesaret and tied up their boat and as they left the boat, people immediately recognized him and they scurried around the country to bring the sick to wherever he was. They brought the sick to villages and towns and begged him to heal them. Many just touched his garment and they were healed.
Jesus was a celebrity but not in the same way as we define “celebrity” today. They knew who he was and what he could do. It then became a rush not just to see him but to bring their sick family members and friends to Jesus. They weren’t self-centered but other-centered. Jesus cured their diseases. I don’t really want my 15 minutes of fame. I would like to make Jesus famous and see lives changed and people healed today.