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Jesus -- the Messiah # 5

Jesus immediately sets out on His battle against evil on the earth.


Read Mark 1:21-45.



21They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, 24"What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!"

25"Be quiet!" said Jesus sternly. "Come out of him!" 26The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

27The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, "What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him." 28News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.


Jesus Heals Many

29As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her. 31So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
32That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33The whole town gathered at the door, 34and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.

Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place

35Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!"

38Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." 39So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

A Man With Leprosy

40A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, "If you are willing, you can make me clean."

41Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" 42Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.

43Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44"See that you don't tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them." 45Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.



Notes:


vv. 21-27 -Jesus immediately sets out on His battle against evil on the earth. The demons recognize what is happening, and they know that they are now facing the very Presence of God out to destroy their hold on humankind: “Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God!” The demons recognize Who Jesus is, for they have known God from eternity.



vv. 29-45 -Jesus also destroyed the hold of illness and suffering.  He miraculously cured people so that they would realize what the Kingdom of God is all about:  peace and joy and prosperity.  This is what God wants for us, and this is what Jesus came to restore on earth:  a society of true love and righteousness on earth.



Jesus “traveled throughout Galilee” preaching, calling people into His Kingdom work, and attacking Satan’s hold.

Jesus was tender to the sick and ailing and rejected. When other people sent lepers to live and die by themselves in the wilderness, Jesus was “filled with compassion and reached out His hand and touched” them.

This was the character of God: love and mercy and acts to save. This was God’s Kingdom come to earth anew.

Would you like to come close in your heart to this God of compassion for the needy and action against evil? That is what the story of Jesus is all about.


Looking forward to your email today,


Abraham


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