Apple Crisp

Just One & Apple Crisp

Mark 5:21 (cev)

Once again Jesus got into the boat and crossed Lake Galilee. Then as he stood on the shore, a large crowd gathered around him.

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I’ve read this story a handful of times; maybe you have too. If you aren’t familiar with it, let me break it down super quick. Jesus and His crew pull up in a boat, only to come face-to-face with a man that spent his entire life possessed. He was unmanageable, and to many, unsaveable. But not to Jesus. He frees the man by sending the spirits into a bunch of local pigs, who then ran off a cliff and drowned. The spirits were gone and the man was saved. He begged Jesus to take him along on His journeys, but Jesus told him it was essential for him to spread the word about how he’d been saved.

Up until this point, I’ve read this story, quickly thought about how cool it was that Jesus saves people, and moved on. But I was missing a huge chunk of information. Maybe you are too, so I’ll explain. But we’ll have to flip back a page or two, to Mark chapter 4. [Insert VCR rewinding noise here].

In Mark 4, Jesus is preaching to a bunch of people, all day long. He’s teaching and preaching and probably healing too. But at some point, He decides it’s time to leave. He doesn’t say why, but He tells His followers, “Come with me across the lake (Mark 4:35).” They set out on their journey, and within 3 verses, Jesus was sound asleep in the boat (Mark 4:38). Obviously, He’d had a long day. And Jesus, while God, is still very much human. He gets tired, and He requires rest. But He’s jolted awake by the followers, who were dealing with their own crisis; a big storm and a lack of faith. After calming the storm, and His people, they arrive at the scene I mentioned above.

So, Jesus heals the man, and that’s when our scripture from today comes in. He gets in the boat and He leaves. He returns back to the place He came from. Do you know what that means? It means that He took that boat ride, exhausted, and being able to foresee all the circumstances that would come up along the way (the storm, the followers fear, etc.) to save one man. He had no other reason to be there. No other plans. He went to save and redeem one.

I often struggle to believe that Jesus finds me special, or His love for me as an individual is that big or great. I buy into the lie that I’m just part of the “package deal”. I know that He died for everyone, but I often doubt that He would do it for just me. And this story disproves that lie. One man was enough for Him. The love and compassion He felt for that one human was the catalyst for His actions, on that day, and on the day He hung from the Cross.

Write

Do you believe that Jesus cares for you and loves you individually and uniquely? Why or why not? Does this story change your perspective?

Pray

Ask the Lord to use today’s story and scripture to reveal His unique and special love for you.

Apple Crisp

3 minPrep Time

18 minCook Time

21 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 red apple
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon honey or syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the coconut oil into a skillet and heat over medium heat
  3. Chop apple into small pieces
  4. Drop apple pieces into skillet and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently
  5. In a small bowl, melt the remaining coconut oil
  6. Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until you get a crumbly consistency
  7. Remove apples from skillet once soft and lightly browned and place in a small baking dish
  8. Top with crumble and bake for 13 minutes
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