Summary: What we see from Mark 3 is a very simple message based on the actions and teachings of Jesus: "If we are to be LIKE Jesus in our life … shouldn't we live and act as He did?"
The Disciples are Called
- Jesus is demonstrated in this book as a “servant”
-- He is the ultimate servant; giving Himself clearly for all who will receive
-- Key verse: Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
- Jesus is the ultimate example of servitude and something we must learn
-- If we are to truly experience Christ’s life, we must be willing to live like Him
-- James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
- Today we continue to follow Jesus’ early ministry
-- From healings, to the crowds swelling, to the disciples called one thing remains:
-- Jesus, is still demonstrated as a servant showing us how we should live
- Read Mark 3:1-6
∆ Point 1 – Change brings Rebellion (1-6)
- This man’s appearance under Jewish law means there is an affliction due to sin
-- His not being able to use his hand is obviously a punishment from God
-- There is a calling out to this man to come forth; because Jesus sees the need
- The scribes and Pharisees have one role, again, to accuse
-- However, their place here means that they knew Jesus could heal someone
-- They aren’t admitting He is God (not by far); but admitting He can heal
- What they are doing is using religion as a weapon: it’s the ultimate set up
-- They aren’t wondering if he could, but if He would, therefore sin to them
- They are not looking for reasons to glorify God, but to shame someone else
-- IMP: Legalism does this very thing to all who stand against rules
-- Christ’s freedom is bigger than this … sadly most people miss it
- V3 asks this man to stand; to be recognized; to admit He needs something
-- APP: Jesus asks us to do the same thing: to identify that we are NOT perfect
-- When we shame people who admit they need help WE become the Pharisees
-- This is probably why MOST will never respond to an altar call publicly
Then, in v4, Jesus asks them to clarify the Law, again turning it back on them
-- “Which is lawful …” – Is it right to do something good on the Sabbath?
-- Their silence must’ve been deafening, because it would expose their heart
-- “We cannot answer without saying that God’s day is NOT for God!”
- The Pharisees are so concerned with appearance they forgot what God is
-- God is a God of mercy, love, grace, and forgiveness
-- To them, God is a god of rules, strict adherence, and no room for grace
-- This heart attitude is what exposes them, and angers (v5) Jesus
- v6 shows their true heart: “After Jesus heals the man … He needs to die”
-- If EVER there was an opportunity to check ourselves, it is right here (Ready?)
- IMP: When something new happens in the church, what’s your response to it?
-- Anger? Frustration? Rage? Deception? Bitterness? Strife? Gossip?
-- The Messiah is healing and showing grace … we don’t like it - let’s kill him!