Mark part 6, A study of Mark 1:32 - 34, Mark 1:35 - 37, and Mark 1:38 & 39 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Mark 1:32 - 34

"That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and 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." NIV translation

Without advertisement or hype, the word spread throughout the town and those who were in need of ministry were brought to Him. We see that Jesus freely gave healing and freedom from demons to those who were in need. We also see His authority demonstrated in the fact that the demons were not even allowed to speak. We may wonder why Jesus did this and the simple answer is that God had a plan for revealing the identity of Jesus and that plan was according to God's timing. It is also a reminder to us that just knowing who Jesus is does not bring salvation (the demons knew but were definitely not saved). There are many today who believe they are saved because they know who Jesus is but the sad fact is that they have not put their trust in Him as Lord and Savior and so are in the same state as the demons that He was driving out.

Mark 1:35 - 37

"Very 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. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: 'Everyone is looking for you!'" NIV translation

How important is personal prayer time? As we see here, if you are in ministry (we all are), this alone time with your Father is vital. The very Son of God needed this alone time after He had ministered to all of the sick people. This prayer time is a time to recharge as we remember that the power for ministry comes from our heavenly Father. We must stay charged because there are so many people that are looking for answers to their problems and we have the answer which is Jesus Christ.

Mark 1:38 & 39

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

What a beautiful example to believers today! When faced with the opportunity to kick back, build a fancy temple, and have the lost come to Him, Jesus said no and instead went to meet them where they were. It seems that many Christian leaders are more concerned about their next "church" building project than their work in building up the kingdom of God. We can choose to build a fancy "temple" or we can choose to go preach and heal those who are lost but we cannot truly say that we are doing both.