Making God Your King

Making God Your King

Mark 1:21-39

Dr. Jim Denison

As you know, tomorrow is Labor Day. Where did the holiday come from? I did some checking and was surprised by what I discovered.

The first Labor Day in America was celebrated on this day in 1882 in New York City, but this did not become a national holiday until 12 years later, in response to a national crisis.

A railroad workers strike in 1894 shut down the railroads. President Grover Cleveland sent 12,000 Army troops to break the strike; 13 railroad workers were killed, 57 were wounded, and 6,000 rail workers did nearly $9 million in damages (in today’s dollars). Fearing further conflict, legislation was rushed through Congress six days later to make Labor Day a national holiday.

In short, the government has given us tomorrow off so we won’t riot.

This week I’ve been wondering what Jesus did when he had a day off. This summer we’ve been watching Jesus perform miracles, learning how to experience his power in our lives today. We’ve watched him feed 5,000 families with a boy’s lunch, walk on water, turn water into wine, heal the sick and raise the dead. Today we’ll wrap all of that up by seeing what he did on the day after such a time of miraculous work. How did Jesus spend his “Labor Day” holiday? What does his example say to our souls today?