Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect, ponder, and pray with us.  

He Withdrew to the Mountain by Himself

When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world." When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. - John 6:14-15a

If someone came to you and said, "You're amazing! We're going to set you up in a posh house, give you tons of money and power just because of how amazing you are!" would you turn that down? The people who saw the miracles of Jesus came to believe in his power and authority. They thought about who the "highest" person was in their society and figured that Jesus should be that person - the king. Jesus had other plans though.

We hear that he didn't want anything to do with being an institutionalized authority. His mission was to bring the kingdom of God and so he goes away by himself and escapes the crowd. This story continues the gospel thread of "the least become the greatest" or "whoever wants to be great must be the servant of all." Jesus is challenging everyone's expectations about power. And he challenges our expectations about power today. Who do you consider great or who do you consider a strain on society? How do all of those people fit into the kingdom of God?  

Lord Jesus, you rule with compassion. Give us a glimpse of the kingdom you have intended where the least are the greatest, where power is for others and not over others and where everyone walks away from your banquet table filled with good things. Amen.

Faithful travels everyone,

Pastor Lisa Buchanan

Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River

VLM Camp Pastor 2010-2011

*Reprinted from The Knapsack July 26, 2012