Summary: Jesus needs our help! Just as the disciples were needed to begin Jesus’ ministry, we are needed to continue in the kingdom-building process.
“Does Jesus Need Our Help” ~ Mark 1:14-20
January 26, 2003
Purpose: Jesus needs our help!
Introduction – Why did Jesus call these disciples in the first place?
Wasn’t he the Son of God? Why did he need these simple fishermen?
And if he needed them, why didn’t he choose someone else….someone with more
status…someone with more clout…someone with position and power?
Jesus’ simple message of “repent and believe” didn’t need these disciples, or did it?
And if that simple message needed their help, does Jesus need our help in sharing that
same message today?
This is what we’re going to spend these next few moments on this morning.
Will you join me in prayer…
Does Jesus need our help? I was amazed that as I looked through my commentaries and the many books on my shelves, I couldn’t find any author willing to approach these verses asking that question. Which tells me one of three things?
1. It doesn’t matter…it’s not important enough to be discussed.
2. I’ve discovered something new and when I become published, I’m going to be rich!
3. Maybe the Spirit led me here for a particular purpose, for this particular time.
I tend to believe the latter. Just like the star quarterback who needs his front line in order to make the big plays, I’m convinced that not only did Jesus need help in his day, but that he asked for it then, and he’s asking for it now.
So, we’re going to look at this set of verses this morning looking for what the Spirit has to say to us. Are you with me?
Question #1 - Did Jesus need any help?
First, in looking at any good history lesson, we need to look at the characters.
First, we have Simon, whom we’ll eventually know as Peter. What do we know of Peter?
It was Peter who uttered those memorable words when Jesus asked his disciples if they
would also desert him, “Lord, to whom can we go? We have come to believe and
know that you are the Holy One of God.” (john 6:67-69)
It was of Peter who responded to Jesus’ question of “who do they say I am” with “Lord,
you are the Messiah, the Christ.” It was such a good answer that Jesus responded by saying, “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18). No longer a “man of a reed” which is what Simon means, Jesus now calls this man Peter which means “the rock.” The rock on which the foundation of the church would begin.
Wasn’t it Peter who tried to dissuade Jesus from going to Jerusalem because of fear for
Jesus’ safety. In front of the whole group of disciples, Peter was chastised with
those haunting words, “Get behind me Satan! You are a stumbling block to me…”
It was in Peter’s denial and Jesus’ subsequent forgiveness that we find hope when we fail.
Peter was the first disciple to enter the tomb.
He was the one who suggested another disciple to replace Judas.
Peter preached the first Christian sermon following Pentecost.
It was Peter who, along with John, healed the lame man at the gate by saying, “Silver and
gold have I none, but such as I have, I give to thee…” (Acts 3:1-11)