Summary: About Jesus’ Kingdom ministry which confronts all who seek to contain it.
Series: Breakthrough - New Life through Jesus in the Gospel of Mark
February 11, 2007 – Brad Bailey
(NOTE: Portions of the notes below include sections of commentary by others which was never
stated in full when taught but rather was placed in these notes as a source of ideas which was
usually including in a simplified and briefer way.)
Mark 3:7-15, 20-30
Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8When
they heard all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the
regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. 9Because of the crowd he told his disciples
to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 10For he had healed
many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. 11Whenever the evil spirits
saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, "You are the Son of God." 12But he gave them
strict orders not to tell who he was.
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 15and to have authority to drive out demons.
…Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not
even able to eat. 21When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they
said, "He is out of his mind."
And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by
Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons."
So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables: "How can Satan drive out Satan? 24If a
kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25If a house is divided against itself,
that house cannot stand. 26And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end
has come. 27In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he
first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house. 28I tell you the truth, all the sins and
blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. 29But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will
never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin."
He said this because they were saying, "He has an evil spirit."
I. The Kingdom Ministry of Jesus Continues to Unfold…Confronting All Who
Seek to Contain it
What had long been prepared and prophesied in the OT breaks forth… just as Isaiah had
prophesied, a voice comes crying out from the wilderness… preparing the way for the Messiah….
One who would come from the Davidic line… but a king on an entirely new dimension as God
had stated throughout the years.
Jesus is anointed as King
Jesus announces the Kingdom has come…an exchange of sovereignties.
The Definitive Announcement (Mark 1:14-15)
"The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
A kingdom represents the reign and rule of a sovereign. Jesus is announcing
that the reign and rule of God was at hand… re-taking the world from the powers
of spiritual deception and darkness that had come to rule both the human spirit
(nature) and all that had been given to them to manage.
This is the central statement of all that Jesus came to proclaim. With these words he
begins his ministry and everything he said and did is a reflection of what he stated in
this one statement.
Jesus is immediately taken to the wilderness for 40 days to do battle with the devil… the
‘prince of this world’ (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11)… the prince of darkness.’ As Israel had
once needed a Deliverer to free them from Pharaoh and enter the wilderness to establish
their identity… so now for the whole world the Messiah deliverer comes.
Jesus begins to demonstrate ‘fulfilling’ the Word and Work of God in demonstrations of
authority… of Divine compassion and power. He is embodying and enacting the fulfillment
of Israel in himself.
Jesus’ Intensifying Ministry Confronts the Presumptions of this world
It’s been said that “God created humankind in His image… and we’ve been trying to
return the favor ever since” (by trying to create God in our image.)
The problem of reducing Jesus to fit our comfort
• To his earthly family he is creating social controversy… and they want to tame him.
• To the religious leaders he is threatening their religious pretense… and they want to get rid of
• To the crowds in need he is a means of healing and freedom… and they want to use him.