Knowing Jesus Better
We know Jesus as the Son of God, God in the flesh, Savior, Deliverer, Redeemer, Rescuer; He was a man of sorrows and a man without sin. He was a friend of sinners. He taught with authority. He knew the word frontwards and backwards; He was the Word. He was tempted in the same ways we are. He is the judge, the Holy Lamb of God.
How well do we really know Him? He possessed the characteristics that we see in people today. He was caring and compassionate, He showed emotion. He was a preacher of the truth. Seldom do we really look into the scriptures to realize that Jesus was a lot like we are.
Mark 1:31- “And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her”. Here we witness one of Jesus’ many acts of kindness and compassion. This was Simon’s mother-in-law who was sick with a fever. When Jesus saw this lady suffering with a fever, he simply took her by the hand and lifted her up. What’s amazing about this is he didn’t say a word. He just took her hand and lifted her up. How could this be so? Because when Jesus comes in, sickness goes out!
Mark 1:38- “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.” This verse tells us exactly the reason Jesus came. He came to preach. His main goal wasn’t to heal the sick, or to cast out devils, or to perform great miracles; but He came to preach His gospel so that people might believe that He is the Son of God and they may live a life in relationship with God as their Father. Up until this point in history, the people knew who God was, what He had done and could do, but they had bound themselves by so many man-made laws, it made it impossible for them to have any kind of relationship with the Almighty. This is what God wants from us and for us, to be in relationship with Him as His children.
Mark 2:5- “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee”. Here we see Jesus as an authority to forgive sin. This is one of the many verses that point to Jesus being God manifest in the flesh. Just as they did then, we all know now that God is the only One that can forgive sin. The character of Jesus in this scene is a great display of God’s love, mercy, and grace. The sick man in this verse did not ask for his sins to be forgiven. He just wanted to be healed. Jesus, in His compassion for the man, seeing the man’s faith, knew that the forgiveness of sin was far more important than being physically healed. Jesus had mercy on the man and healed him as well forgiving his sin.
Mark 2:16- “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?” Here we see Jesus as the friend of sinners. Jesus chose people to be His followers based on what He saw in their hearts. He did not choose them because they had stature, clout, were rich or famous, or even because they were the most knowledgeable. He chose them by what He saw in their hearts and knew they would be caring and compassionate.
Mark 3:4-5- “And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.” Here we see two emotions from Jesus that we are very familiar with ourselves. He was angry and grieved at the same time. Has that ever happened to you? I know I was angry and grieved at the same time when my dad passed away. We can definitely relate. I believe in this situation, Jesus was getting a little fed up with the Pharisees and scribes. They had been following Jesus around, watching every move he made, hoping they could catch him slipping up and breaking a religious law. They concerned themselves more with catching people messing up than they did with helping people not to stumble. Have you ever experienced people like that? It seems like they are more concerned about what you do wrong than how they can help you do better. I think this verse is a great example of how Jesus wants us to handle these situations. He wants us to call the people out on it, but not in a way that causes us to sin, and then he wants us to react with an example of what should be done. It’s almost as if to say, “Here’s where you’re wrong, and here’s how it should be done”, with the “should be done” part as an acted out example.
Mark 3:14- “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.” Here we find who the authority is on ordaining one to preach the gospel of Jesus. None other than Jesus himself has that authority. He ordained the twelve and sent them out to preach and to lay hands on the sick that they might recover. If Jesus has called you in this day and age to preach his gospel, don’t let anyone stop you or tell you that you can’t. You aren’t called by men, but you are called by God. He will open the doors and direct your ways and make a way for His plan to be made manifest in your life in a way that will bring Him glory.
We are going to stop for now. We aren’t finished getting to know Jesus better. There is much more scripture that shows how much we are like Jesus in our emotions and feelings. He never expressed his feelings or emotions in a way that was sinful. My prayer is that the more we see how much we are like Jesus in character, the more lessons we can learn from him on how to control our character and use it to bring glory to God. God bless you and we will talk again next time.