Last week, we started on the book of Mark. We were introduced to John the Baptist. According to Peter (who tradition tells us is the writer behind the book of Mark), John the Baptist’s arrest was the catalyst for Jesus’ public ministry to begin.
In this first chapter, we are shown a picture – Jesus is a magnet, and people are metal. Wherever Jesus goes, people are drawn to him with incredible magnetism. What’s so amazing about Jesus?
He speaks with authority.
The leaders of the day always quoted someone else – and argued incessantly. Jesus just told people what was.
He heals people.
Signs and wonders followed him… they were so plentiful around him that pretty soon he couldn’t enter a town without causing an uproar.
Here’s an interesting point: In John 14:12 Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
If you have received Jesus into your heart, then you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you. You can speak with authority. God is still in the healing business – we can pray with authority if we know how to hear what God is saying.
The last point that needs to be made in this passage is:
Jesus took time to recharge
This first chapter is setting the tone for the whole book. Jesus enters the world by a ministry of wonders, but right off the bat we see him taking time to recharge. You need time to recharge your batteries.
Jesus, as he began his ministry on earth, was truly remarkable. People’s lives were changed because they had been with him. I pray, that as we walk through our days this week, that those who don’t know Jesus will be changed because they have been with us. May we make a difference – because of Christ’s goodness shining through us.