From Pastor Perry

Mark 1:29–34 (ESV)
Jesus Heals Many
29 And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

In Chapter 1, Mark has written about the John the Baptist, Jesus Baptism, the temptations in the desert, the picking of four of twelve disciples, Jesus teaching in the synagogue, Jesus being recognized by a demon that was cast out of a man, and an evangelism push from all who heard and witnessed what he has done.  This has been done in 28 verses.  Today’s reading, Jesus heals many.  It begins with the healing of Peter’s mother.  This is funny to me, because the Roman Catholic Church does not allow priests to be married, yet their first Pope (Simon-Peter) is married.  Go figure!  After healing Peter’s mother-in-law, Jesus healed all who were sick or oppressed by demons.  What is interesting about the last verse... and can almost be misses, where it says “he [Jesus] would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.”   I mentioned it about yesterday’s reading, but Mark brings out this point in today’s reading.  If you won’t listen to Jesus, at least listen to what the Demons have to say about Jesus.

I pray: O Lord, I don’t want people to follow the demons, but help them to learn from the demons that Jesus is the Son of God.  We live in a dark world where people choose demons over the creator.  Help me to let the light of Christ shine in this fallen world, and that the people be attracted to your Word.  Amen.

Mark 1:21–28 (ESV)
Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit
21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

Today’s text seems to be about Jesus healing a demon possessed man.  Which this is true, but something even bigger is going on that is easy to be missed.  First, Jesus is teaching enters the synagogue and begins teaching.  It is interesting that Jesus is teaching with such authority, that they were all amazed... even the demon possessed man.  His authority surpasses even that of the scribes.   Second, the demon possessed man knows who Jesus is and knows that he is in trouble.  He asks Jesus “Have you come to destroy us?  I know who you are–the Holy One of God.”  How does the demon possessed man know who Jesus is?  Well the demon would have known Jesus in heaven before Lucifer and his demons were kicked out.  If you are wondering if Jesus is God, well the disciples are saying he is and even the demon knows that Jesus is the Son of God.  Thirdly, outside of the healing of the demon possessed man is purely evangelical outreach.  They were amazed at his teaching and they told others.  Scripture says “And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.  It is easy to be wowed over the healing, but there is much more going on.

I pray: O Lord, help me to share the Good News that Jesus Christ is the Son of God to all people.  It is easy to hold back this message for fear of how others will take it and what they will think about me.  Help me to understand that it is not about me, but about Jesus Christ.  Ignite a fire in me to be bold on sharing the Good News with all people.  Amen.

Mark 1:16–20 (ESV)
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

Nothing really exciting in today’s reading, unless you think calling Simon, Andrew, James and John as disciples.  Now what is interesting is that all four of these disciples are fishermen.  If you were hiring people for the ministry, where would you begin?  Would you start with fishermen?  Jesus see things differently than the world.  Jesus is the Son of God and can see the hearts of these guys.   They may not seem as qualified would be screened out by most of today’s personnel departments, but Jesus chose them anyway.  What is interesting is that all four “immediately” followed him.

I pray: O Lord, you chose me to go into the ministry, and I must admit that I did not respond immediately.  It took about two years to enter the seminary.  You also called me into your kingdom when I was baptized, yet it took me many years before I understood what was happening.  Help me to respond faster when you call and to trust in your ways.  I often let doubt in “immediately” when I should simple respond “immediately”.  Forgive me, I want to do better.  Amen.

Mark 1:14–15 (ESV)
Jesus Begins His Ministry
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

John the Baptist’s ministry comes to an end when he is arrested while Jesus is beginning his ministry.  He comes into Galilee proclaiming “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”  Basically, Jesus is walking into Galilee saying “I am here!  The question for the people is 1) who is the “I” and 2) why are you here?  This is the message that will be proclaimed.  Mark aims to prove that Jesus is the great “I Am” and that he is the Messiah and is here to save the world.  He is the fulfillment of prophecy as the Savior.

I pray: O Lord, You are the promised Messiah, the man with the plan.  Help me to share this message with the people in my community.  I pray for the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of the seeds planted through your Word.  Amen.

Mark 1:12–13 (ESV)
The Temptation of Jesus
12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

Mark goes through the temptations of Christ like a rocket car through a school zone.  The rocket car never slowed down, and neither does Mark.  After showing Christ as the Son of God at his Baptism, he is immediately taken out to the desert to be tempted by Satan.  When building racing engines, they hook them up to a Dynamometer tester to test horsepower as well as many other facets of the engine.  To test Jesus “the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness” to be tested by Satan.  Jesus passed the test, but Mark does not give this detail, or what were the tests.  For more of the details, you must go to Matthew 4 and Luke 4.  Notice that the temptation falls in chapter 4 while it is a mere verse 12 & 13 in chapter 1 in Marks Gospel.

I pray: O Lord, you are the Son of God and you stood the test in the desert with Satan.  The last and greatest test comes at the cross.  Help me to never forget or to doubt who you are.  Amen.

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05.03 | 22:15

Pastor. since I did not get to attend church today, I read your blog and found it
to be so informative for Ash Wednesday. Thanks for your comments.

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