Pastor John continues the series ‘The Gospel According to Jesus’, diving into a story of healing from demonic oppression and the role of faith. Text: Mark 9:14-29.
April 14, 2020 by Bob Whitaker
The many miracles of Jesus happened for a reason, namely to illustrate that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. However, beyond that primary message of these miracle stories there are always spiritual lessons for life. This is certainly true for the story of Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52.
In this message we look at Jesus’ call to give. Two separate and very different stories are recorded in Mark 12:13-17 and 41-44, and both deserve some serious reflection. What does it mean to give “to God the things that are God’s”? If everything truly belongs to him as the creator of all things, how do we give it to him and meet our worldly obligations? What does “giving to God” look like? We’ll explore these questions and more.
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all
In Mark 6:30-44, Jesus feeds the crowd of 5,000. The root of this story is that Jesus is the Bread of Life, but perhaps it also concerns our calling to partner in ministry with Jesus. Noting the difficulty of the situation, the disciples turn to Jesus for the answer. His response? “You feed them.” They, of course, cannot. Only after they acknowledge their inadequacies does Jesus step in. Let us look at this story, noting aspects of service, solitude, and sacrament.