Many of us are so familiar with the Gospels that we fail to see the obvious: Jesus was a very busy man. One of Mark’s favourite words is ‘immediately’. For three years, Jesus and his band of disciples are a whirlwind of activity. One event immediately follows another. In Mark 1, Jesus begins his public ministry by teaching in the synagogue, rebuking an unclean spirit, caring for Simon’s mother-in-law and then staying up late into the night, healing many who were sick with various diseases and casting out many demons (1: 34). At one point Jesus was too busy even to eat, and his family thought he was going mad (3: 20– 21). Jesus had crowds coming to him all the time.
He had people looking for him, demanding his time and attention. The impression we get from the Gospels is that almost every day for three years he’s preaching, healing and casting out demons. Don’t think Jesus is some kind of Zen master who does yoga and ponders the sound of one hand clapping. If Jesus were alive today, he’d get more e-mails than any of us. He’d have people calling his mobile all the time. He’d have a zillion requests for interviews, television appearances and conference gigs. Jesus did not float above the fray, untouched by the pressures of normal human existence. Our Lord did not sit around listening to harp music all day while the angels brought him heavenly bananas. Jesus was tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4: 15). And that includes the temptation to be sinfully busy. But he wasn’t . Sinful, that is. He was busy, but never in a way that made him frantic, anxious, irritable, proud , envious or distracted by lesser things. When all Capernaum waited for his healing touch, he left for a desolate place to pray. And when the disciples told him to get back to work, he left for another town to preach. Jesus knew the difference between urgent and important. He understood that all the good things he could do were not necessarily the things he ought to do.
DeYoung, Kevin (2013-09-23). Crazy Busy (Kindle Locations 521-525). Inter-Varsity Press. Kindle Edition.