Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jesus is Impressive Because He Can Heal Anything, and He Keeps His Priorities Straight

Scripture: Mark 1.29-45
Translation: 29And immediately after going out from the synagogue, the went into Simon’s and Andrew’s house with James and John. 30And Simon’s mother-in-law was lying down burning up with fever. And immediately they were speaking to Him about her. 31And after going in, He lifted her up when he grabbed her hand. And the fever left her, and she was served them. 32And after it became evening, when the sun had set, they were bringing to Him all those who were badly sick and those who were being demonized. 33And so the whole city was gathered to the door. 34And He healed lots of people who were badly sick with different kinds of diseases. And He threw out lots of demons, but He didn’t let the demons speak, because they knew Him.

35And after getting up really early in the morning while it was still night, He went out and went away into a deserted place and there He was praying. 36And Simon and those with him were looking all over for Him. 37And they found Him and were saying to Him that “All the people are searching for You.” 38And He was saying to them, “We should go somewhere else, into the next market-towns, so that I can also preach there, because for this purpose I went out.

39And He went—preaching—into their synagogues into the whole region of Galilee, and throwing out the demons. 40And a leper came to Him urging Him and kneeling down and saying to Him that “If you want to be able to make me clean?” 41And because He felt compassion, after stretching out His hand, He touched him all on His own and was saying to him, “I want to. Be made clean!” 42And then immediately the leprosy left him and he was made clean. 43And He was saying to him, “Make sure you say nothing to nobody! Rather go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded as a testimony to them. 45But when he went out he began to preach many things and spread the word, so that He wasn’t able to go into a city openly any longer, rather He was outside at the deserted places. And they were coming to Him from everywhere.
Passage Summary: After preaching with authority and driving out a demon, Jesus  goes to Simon and Andrew’s house and heals a fever, then everyone brings sick people to be healed and demonized people to have the demons expelled, then Jesus gets up early to pray, and people are already looking for Him to, Jesus decides it’s time to move on to the other towns to preach, so He preaches all over the place, but He still casts out demons too, but He also heals a leper who comes to Him because of His compassion. Jesus tells the former leper to keep quiet, but instead he starts preaching and spreading the word/message, so Jesus has to minister in the deserted placed, but people still come from all over.
The Point I’m Stressing from the Text: Jesus is Impressive, because He can heal all kinds of diseases and drive out all demons and because He puts prayer first (His relationship with the Father first) and because He kept His focus on His Primary Calling of Preaching, but also because that did not stop Him from also healing sicknesses, even the incurable ones, and throwing out demons, humanizing the dehumanized, because He was filled with compassion, but as well because He still upheld the Law of Moses, and because fame was not His objective, but faithfulness was. But of course, because Jesus is this impressive, He became mega famous. He is clearly Powerful, more powerful than all demons and all diseases! The people knew what this meant. This meant coming to Jesus for healing, this meant telling the world about Who He Is and what He can do, trusting in Him for healing. 

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