Summary: Jesus demonstrates the compassion, catalyst and counterbalance of His mission.
TEXT: Mar 1:41-42 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, "I will; be clean." 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
• Purpose, mission. Why are you here? Why did Jesus come?
Mar 1:28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.
• Jesus had cast a demon out of a man on the Sabbath day.
• Please notice that when people realized that Jesus ruled in the spirit world, he became very popular.
• People love to sense the power over the mysterious, spiritual.
• But notice Jesus’ actions.
Mar 1:29 And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
• Instead of feeding off the momentum, Jesus moves from the public to the obscure.
• He leaves the admiring crowds to the house of one of his disciples.
• We need to learn something: Jesus’ kingdom work does not march at the expectations of the crowd.
• That is because God does things, not in the way most people expect, but in His own ways.
• Isa 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Mar 1:30 Now Simon's mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her.
• In these small houses, often slept in the same room as ate.
• However, when possible, houses had a sick room.
• Peter’s mother-in-law was sick in the sick room.
• They told Jesus about her.
Mar 1:31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
• Mark quickly moves through the story without some details.
• What was said, emotional reactions, appreciation and thanksgiving.
• What was Peter’s mother-in-laws reaction? She began to serve others.
• Pastor Tim, my Christian life is not complete. Have you began to serve?
• As long as we are satisfied with our ticket to heaven and short on appreciation for what Christ has done for us, attendance and personal lives will be enough.
• When we fully grasp what Christ has purchased for us with His horrible death, burial and resurrection, we will want to serve Him and others
Mar 1:32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons.
Mar 1:33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.
Mar 1:34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
• This is a sad passage if we slow down and look at it.
• It is awesome that Jesus was moved with compassion to heal these diseased, tormented people.
• What is sad is that they waited until sundown.
• Remember, they had their Sabbath service interrupted by a demon that morning.
• They had the healer, Jesus Christ in town.
• Yet, they were so religious, the waited until sundown to bring their sick to Him.
• This will not be a sermon on the Sabbath.
• If you are confused at all about the Sabbath and Sunday, please let me know.
• Know this, however, from our passage.
• Religion will always have us elevate the things of God to a place of worship.
• Jesus taught us that the Sabbath was created for man, and here they elevated it to a point of worshipping the day.
• Their Sabbath ended at sundown. They were a religious, but dead, people.
• So are we when we distort the things created to that exalted place of the creator.
• Religion kills and prolongs suffering. Jesus gives life abundantly.
Mar 1:35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. (there are a few sermons here).
Mar 1:36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him,
Mar 1:37 and they found him and said to him, "Everyone is looking for you."
Mar 1:38 And he said to them, "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came."
• Here again we see that the plan of God doesn’t make sense to our logical minds.
• If one was seeking only to rise in power, he would have stayed at this place.
• He had momentum going.
• But Jesus just met with God and focuses on His deeper purpose.