THAT IS WHY I HAVE COME
Key Verse: 1:38
Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
1. What is the significance of Jesus calling disciples from the beginning (16-17, 19-20a)?
We know where they lived, what their job was and how they were related.
What does “Come, follow me…” mean?
But we learn Jesus’ purpose by calling men to fishers of men. (Calling disciples, driving out evil spirits, healing sick people, setting a priority of prayer)
Clear priority direction to Jesus. He will lead and we will follow. He is determines the purpose. Very serious calling from Jesus it is life changing radical step.
What promise did Jesus make and how does this give hope and direction (17b) ?
Jesus showed from the beginning of a plan he had a plan during his life and for beyond his earthly life. Jesus is focused on this purpose (verse 38). Some days were intense some were lighter but always had this mission on his mind. His ministry was short (3+ years) but changed the world/upside down.
What can we learn from their response (18,20b)?
Jesus gives a condition and a promise – promise he will fulfill (Acts and entire testify to that promise) Gives a clear purpose of what followers of Jesus should be doing. Invitation to a glorious new life knowing Jesus (follow me). Privilege to be with the Messiah is great.
They took this great grace and opportunity and held with great value. By faith taking the calling relying upon God. Given their life work from Jesus – have a relationship with Jesus. It was a very honest response to Jesus’ call.
2. What did Jesus do in Capernaum, and how did people respond (21-22)?
Jesus honored the Sabbath. Went to the Synagogue – began to teach. People were amazed at his teaching.
Why was Jesus’ teaching different from the teachers of the law?
He taught as one who had authority. Jesus had the authority to speak in the way he did authority to bring the kingdom. Perhaps missing or devoid so when they heard it they were amazed.
What can we learn here about who Jesus is and where his authority comes from?
Jesus could speak in accordance with God. Perhaps teachers lost mission or focus and could not speak with authority.
Jesus’ authority comes from God. He can speak authoritatively about God. Jesus’ teaching connected people with God, led to repentance, and to know that god cares about them. What people really need most (be restored in relationship with God). Without God’s word we don’t know the meaning of existence. Word of God gives all of these things.
3. How did a demon-possessed man respond to Jesus’ teaching (23-24)?
Responded by crying out at Jesus in the middle of Synagogue. Demons fear judgment so they cried out. Perhaps there were many demon possessed people.
Demon tried to distract by revealing Jesus’ true nature. Perhaps demon was latent in person only roused when Jesus spoke. Here we can see the enemy is the evil spirit working to harm you but not take credit but blame God.
How did Jesus deal with him (25-26)?
Rebuked him and with authority drove him out. There was no choice.
How did people respond (27-28)?
No one like Jesus who gave orders to evil spirits. Amazing.
What does this further demonstrate about Jesus’ authority?
God has authority over visible and invisible angles and demons. Jesus as God the Son is revealed here.
4. In what ways was Jesus’ visit to Peter’s house a blessing (29-31)?
Jesus healed her from a serious fever. Peter’s mother-in-law was grateful and helped and take care of them. Jesus also came with them to Peter’s house. Jesus has a relationship-living with them in their home. Compassion to a woman who has a fever.
Why did the people come to him after sunset (32)?
After dark, after end of Sabbath they brought tall the sick and demon possessed to Jesus. Drove out many demons and didn’t let them speak. Compassion goes beyond human limits. We see the heart of God through Jesus. Jesus’ great compassion is a repeated theme in Mark’s gospel.
How did Jesus minister to them (33-34a)?
Not only proclaims the message – fulfills the message in practical ways that people can feel. Diseases of the mind, spirit, and body – Jesus wants to heal.
Why didn’t he let the demons speak about him (34b)?
5. What did Jesus do early the next morning (35)?
Jesus engaged in prayer. Got up early and went to find a clear area.
What can we learn from Jesus about the importance of prayer?
But others saw the work at hand, good deed of healing being importance of prayer. To focus on the aspects he came for. Stay in constant prayer and focus with God. In ministry direction is so important.
What might Simon and his companions have expected from Jesus (36-37)?
6. Read verse 38. What did Jesus teach his disciples about his purpose in coming?
His purpose was to come and preach the kingdom of God.
What practical impact did this have on their immediate ministry (39)?
Jesus’ purpose from his own words – why he came from God. Left somewhere he had great success and went to another place to preach. Here is a vision of the kingdom. The entire world could be considered a “nearby village” focused on preaching the gospel.
How did this express Jesus’ vision to spread the kingdom?
In the end do what God wants us to do.