Executive pastor Dave Williams preaches on Mark 1:36-39. Dave shared on the priority of Jesus to preach and share the gospel. Dave encouraged the congregation to see the gospel as our priority and to use our opportunities to further God’s Kingdom.
36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 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 out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Three core elements of Christ’s ministry
- In this section (1:29–39), The proof of His divine kingship was in His miracles. The power that sustained His ministry came from His prayer life, as He submitted to the Father and depended on the Spirit.
- We certainly see God healing and casting out demons all over Galilee: It is the proof of his divine kingship.
- We also see retire to prayer. Which is the power that sustained him in ministry. It was through submission to the Father and dependence on the Spirit that empowered him.
- Yet that was not the view that many shared when He came down to the earth.
- God used miracles to show he was truly the Christ, the anointed one. Yet many didn’t see it as proof of him being God but simply proof that he was someone that could do miracles.
- Listen to John’s account after he finished feeding the 5000.
- John 6:24 “So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
- They were searching not for the Christ but someone that could fill their empty stomachs.
- It is sad to me when I think of God’s divine entrance into our world. He wasn’t met with many who truly wanted him because he was God. They just wanted what He could do for Him.
- They would say all the right things. Call him by all the right titles but they would only be satisfied if God kept performing for them. The moment He stopped the moment they would move onto the next guy that could perform for them.
- That is what we see here in vs. 37, “Everyone is looking for you. . . “
- It sounds right but the heart isn’t though.
- Think about it, if God were to come down right now. If he was accompanied by Angels and the roof literally split open and spoke to you how would you respond?
- What if he said, “ I want you to put your faith in me and be willing to let others know that I truly do exist and can save them.” Would you do it?
- I think for many of you there would be a little more energy put into your relationship with him.
- However, should he have to do that? I know that I would probably respond a little differently if I saw him right now. However, you know what that is saying: That the miracle at the cross is not as motivating as seeing a miracle today.
- Point #1 The Cross has to be motivating enough
- Listen to Pauls words when he describes what Christ has done in Ephesians, “6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
- When was the last time we have talked like that when thinking of Christ and his gift of salvation on the cross?
- Back in 1707 a song writer wrote this when thinking of the cross:
- 1 When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride. 2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast save in the death of Christ, my God! All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them through his blood.
- The Cross has to be motivating enough.
- It becomes a bigger motivator when we spend time appreciating it. Look at that hymn again, “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.
- The more I spend thinking about what Christ did dying on the cross for my sin the more motivation I have to be more like him, appreciate him, and love him.
Jesus’s priority was to share the Gospel
- 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 out.”
- Look at what Jesus says here. When told that people are looking for him to heal them his response is I have to go preach elsewhere.
- Why, because his mission wasn’t to heal but to save.
- In Luke Jesus gave his job description in to locations: Luke 5:32: , “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” and in Luke 19:10, “ I have come to seek and to save the Lost.”
- This is the last key element of Jesus’s ministry: The priority of His ministry was to preach the gospel to the lost, so that through Him they might have everlasting life.
- He came to prove He was God, Be Powered by the Holy Spirit and the Father, and His priority was to preach the Gospel so that when he performed his greatest act being His death and resurrection we could be saved!
- Point #2 Jesus came to preach the Gospel
- If that was Christ’s priority it should also be ours. Like early, often, all the time,
- This is why Jesus came. He knew that the ultimate solution to all of sins consequences was the saving power of Jesus dying for our sins and rising again.
- This book started with Mark starting out introducing the Gospel and this chapter is stating the same thing. It is all about the Gospel of Jesus.
- It is what we have to offer. The most important thing to offer.
Jesus went everywhere
- 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
- Think about that, “All of Galilee” Going to places like Capernaum sharing the Gospel, performing miracles only to have them misunderstood, people clamoring for more until finally he is forced out because they fail to see him for he truly is—but he keeps going, keeps sharing, keeps on the path to the cross that will set men free.
- That was the mission of Christ.
- That is what he was all about.
- What about you?
- Make this life about Christ.