Tag: Mark 1-3

Faith can help your friends!

Scripture reading for October 15th:  Mark 1-3

Mark’s Gospel is concise and alive with the Good News of God with us and in love with us! Mark proclaimed Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Son of Man!  Mark wasted little time with preliminaries of the Jewish history of the Christ and prophesies of His birth.  He  told the story of Jesus living among His people and loving and serving them by teaching, healing, and casting out devils.  Jesus’ stories that revealed the kingdom of heaven and their own need for a relationship with the Father.

Crowds gathered wherever Jesus went.  He returned to Capernaum where he had done miracles and a crowd quickly gathered around a house where He was teaching.   A group of men brought a friend who was paralyzed to Jesus for healing.  Because of the crowd, there was no way to get him inside, so they carried him up on the roof.  They opened a hole big enough to let the man down and lowered him into the room.

When Jesus saw the faith of the friends, He immediately responded to the man by saying: “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:5)  This caused some religious leaders who were present to begin to question this statement.  After all, only God could forgive sins!  (Mark 2:7)

Jesus knew their thoughts and sought to help them believe.  He asked them which was easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven” or  “Get up, take up your bed and walk”?  In order to remove their objection, he told the man to get up, take up his bed, and walk.  The man got up, amazing the crowd and inspiring faith!

This story should motivate us to seek Jesus for answers to whatever problems we face.  Jesus honors faith and those who press through to Him for their needs!  Believing friends can also be a great blessing by taking the hurting to Jesus.  What friend do you know that may need your help today to get to Jesus?  Take a few minutes of your day to pray for him.  As the Lord leads, get another friend or two and go and lift him to Jesus together!  Miracles are waiting for those who break through!

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Who can forgive sins?

Scripture reading for October 13th: Mark 1-3

Mark’s Gospel is concise and active.  It is alive with the Good News of God here with us and in love with us.  This revelation is found in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Man!  Mark wastes little time with preliminaries of the Jewish history of the Christ and prophesies of His birth.  He gets right down to the action of Jesus living among His people and loving them by teaching, healing, and casting out devils.  He ate with the people and told them stories that opened up for them the kingdom of heaven and their own need for a relationship with the Father.

In Capernaum, a crowd gathered around a house where Jesus was preaching.   A group of men brought a friend who was paralyzed to Jesus for healing.  Because of the crowd there was no way to get him inside so they carried him up on the roof.  They opened a hole big enough to let the man down and lowered him into the room.

When Jesus saw the faith of the friends, He immediately responded to the man by saying: “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:5)  This caused some religious leaders who were present to begin to think about how wrong this statement was to come from a mere man.  After all, only God could forgive sins!  (Mark 2:7)

Jesus immediately understood their thoughts and sought to help them believe.  He asked them why they were thinking these things and asked them which was easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven” or  “Get up, take up your bed and walk”?  In order to remove their objection, he told the man to get up, take up his bed, and walk.  This the man did to the amazement of the crowd!

This story should motivate us to seek Jesus for answers to whatever problems we face.  Jesus honors faith and no problem is too hard for Him.  We may not have faith ourselves, but believing friends can bring us to Jesus.  What friend do you know that needs help today to get to Jesus?  Take a few minutes of your day to pray for him.  As the Lord leads, get another friend or two and go and lift him to Jesus together!  Miracles are waiting for those who break through!  He truly is God!

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Come and Follow Me!

Scripture reading for October 15th: Mark 1-3

“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once they left their nets and followed Him.” (Mark 1:16-18)    Jesus had a plan in His heart from the Father to reach all nations with the message of repentance and life.  He knew that His time on earth was short and that He must choose some faithful men who would carry His heart for the lost and obey His instructions.  The men He chose were ordinary men who were working at a trade.  He promised to use their training to reach men.  The authority by which He spoke caused these men to immediately leave their work and follow Him!

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus was pictured as a man of authority and action.  He seems to stir up demonic forces and then confronted demonic powers with authority, casting them out.  He dealt with sickness with that same authority, healing many and drawing large crowds of hurting and needy people.  He was angry at the ruling religious authorities for their stubbornness and refusal to believe in Him.

“Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to Him those He wanted, and they came to Him.  He appointed twelve–designating them apostles–that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach and have authority to drive out demons.” (Mark 3:13-15)  Jesus called those He wanted by name.  He appointed them as apostles, ones sent out with a message.   He wanted them to be with Him and learn from Him, sharing His heart.  This was common for a “Rabbi” to choose his disciples.  When a disciple was fully trained, they were to be like their Master!

I heard Jesus call and chose to leave my farm, my cattle and hogs, and my family’s home area to follow.  I told Him I would follow Him wherever He would lead me.  The journey has been wonderful, although not necessarily easy at times.  I am still being taught and need to follow daily.  I want to be with Jesus and preach His Gospel with authority!  Where are you in your spiritual journey?  Are you following Jesus?  The Master is still calling out, “Come, follow Me!”

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Who Can Forgive Sins?

Scripture reading for October 15th:  Mark 1-3

Mark’s Gospel is concise and active.  It is alive with the Good News of God here with us and in love with us.  This revelation is found in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Man!  Mark wastes little time with preliminaries of the Jewish history of the Christ and prophesies of His birth.  He gets right down to the action of Jesus living among His people and loving and serving them by teaching, healing, and casting out devils.  He ate with the people and told them stories that opened up for them the kingdom of heaven and their own need for a relationship with the Father.  One story of a healing is the subject of our study today.

As a result of a spectacular healing of a man with leprosy, people were coming from everywhere to find the man who could bring these miraculous results.  Crowds gathered wherever Jesus went.  He returned to Capernaum where he had done miracles and a crowd quickly gathered.  There were so many that people were crowded around the house to hear Him preach the word.  A group of men brought a friend who was paralyzed to Jesus for healing.  Because of the crowd, there was no way to get him inside, so they carried him up on the roof.  They opened a hole big enough to let the man down and lowered him into the room.

When Jesus saw the faith of the friends, He immediately responded to the man by saying: “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:5)  This caused some religious leaders who were present to begin to think about how wrong this statement was to come from a mere man.  After all, only God could forgive sins!  (Mark 2:7)

Jesus had immediate understanding of their thoughts and sought to help them believe.  He asked them why they were thinking these things and asked them which was easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven” or  “Get up, take up your bed and walk”?  In order to remove their objection, he told the man to get up, take up his bed, and walk.  This the man did to the amazement of the crowd!

This story should help us to see how faith should motivate us to seek Jesus for answers to whatever problems we face.  Jesus honors faith and no problem is too hard for Him.  We may not have faith ourselves, but believing friends can also be a great blessing by taking us to Jesus.  The obstacles must be pushed or broken through so we are not discouraged or denied!  What friend do you know that needs help today to get to Jesus?  Take a few minutes of your day to pray for him.  As the Lord leads, get another friend or two and go and lift him to Jesus together!  What a joy to delight Jesus with your faith!  What a blessing faith-filled friends are!  Miracles are waiting for those who break through!  He truly is God!

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