"Meanderings in Mark"
Series on Mark, Lesson 6
A Day in the Life of the Servant
Text: Mark 1:38 (KJV) And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
Theme: Jesus' purpose was to proclaim His message, and everything else He did was to advance that purpose.
"Hold thy peace!" (Mark 1:25, 34)
"Don't tell anyone!" (Mark 1:44)
"Let's go somewhere else!" (Mark 1:38)
QUESTION - All these statements seem strange to us. Why did Jesus say these things?
ANSWER - All point out the real mission of Christ - not miracles, but message! The miracles authenticated the message, but the message was the real mission.
Today we will notice a day in the life of the servant.
However, above the whole day is a sense of purpose like none other.
Notice how Christ's great purpose was intertwined throughout this day in the life of the servant:
I. Afternoon (Mark 1:29-31)
ANSWER - Synagogue service was over and main Sabbath meal was served at the 6th hour. (Jewish day began at 6:00 a.m., and the hours were counted from that.)
QUESTION - How did Jesus spend His afternoon? (I.e. His time after the Sabbath service)
QUESTION - There are three people or groups of people mentioned in this account: Jesus Christ, the disciples, and Peter's mother-in-law. What does this account teach us about each of these people?
ANSWER - QUOTE Barclay (and discuss what class thinks of each point) - "It tells us something about Jesus. He did not require an audience in order to exert his power; He was just as prepared to heal in the little circle of a cottage as in the great crowd of the synagogue. He was never too tired to help; the need of others took precedence over his own desire for rest." "It tells us something about the disciples. They had not known Jesus long, but already they had begun to take all their troubles to him. Peter's mother-in-law was ill; the simple home was upset; and it was for the disciples the most natural thing in the world to tell Jesus all about it." "It tells us something about Peter's wife's mother. No sooner was she healed that she began to attend to their needs. She used her recovered health for renewed service."
A. Fellowship (vs. 29)
2. He had preached (Mark 1:21-22)
4. Now He rested with friends.
5. Fellowship is vital to the purpose of Christ.
B. Discipleship (vs. 29)
1 Tim 5:17 (KJV) Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
2 Tim 4:2 (KJV) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2. Jesus also spent time individually with His disciples.
2 Tim 2:2 (KJV) And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
C. Visitation (Mark 1:30-31)
2. They were everywhere, just like today.
3. His miracle demonstrated the validity of His message to her and to the disciples who were there.
4. Her response should be our response.
II. Evening (Mark 1:32-34)
ANSWER - Answer is given twice ("at even" and "when the sun did set") because the author wanted to make sure we knew the Sabbath had ended. Sabbath ended at 6:00 p.m.
QUESTION - How did the Jews determine that it was evening since they had no clocks or watches?
ANSWER - They determined that the time had come when the sun was down, and 3 stars could be seen in the sky.
A. Miracles rather than rest.
2. Healing did not start until sundown, due to Sabbath restrictions.
3. Healing went on into the night.
ANSWER - "Healed many" is a Hebrew idiom meaning that He healed "all that were brought."
QUESTION - How does this compare to those who claim the gift of healing today?
QUESTION - What do we learn about Jesus from this evening?
ANSWER - His purpose was more important than His comfort.
B. Silence rather than testimony.
1. He was just beginning to reveal Himself.
2. "Miracle seekers" was not what He wanted, but that is what was coming to Him in droves.
3. "Miracle seekers" hindered His purpose. (Cf. Mark 1:45)
QUESTION - What do you think of this statement, "Jesus wanted believers people interested in the message not just people looking for a handout?"
III. Morning (Mark 1:35-38)
1. Early is better than later.
QUESTION - Why was it important for Jesus to rise early?
2. Prayer was more important than sleep.
Psa 55:17 (KJV) Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
B. Meant Prayer (Mark 1:35)
QUOTE - "Mark selectively portrayed Jesus at prayer on three crucial occasions, each in a setting of darkness and aloneness: near the beginning of his account (vs. 35), near the middle (6:46), and near the end (14:32-42). All three were occasions when He was faced with the possibility of achieving His messianic mission in a more attractive, less costly way. But in each case He gained strength through prayer." (From The Bible Knowledge Commentary, pg. 110)
2. Prayer is worth getting out of bed for.
Mat 7:7 (KJV) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
John 14:14 (KJV) If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
C. Brought Decision (Mark 1:38)
1. No sense staying where His purpose could no longer be fulfilled.
2. People were not coming for the message, but for the miracles.
3. It was time to go where He could preach and teach. (Vs. 38)
Jesus plainly stated His purpose for us in verse 38. (Cf. Mark 1:14-15)
Notice how each aspect in this Day in the Life of the Servant clearly pointed to His purpose:
How precious for us to get a glimpse of a Day in the life of the Savior. How wonderful to see how He spent an entire 24-hour period.
One great truth leaps out at us when we study this day, though:
Jesus' life was guided day and night by His mission His purpose His cause, which was to preach and teach His message to all who would hear. Everything else He did was simply to advance that cause.
May we be as dedicated to the message of Christ as He was.
And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
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