Mark 3 ~ Restoration

In the previous chapter, Jesus stated that the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath; today He will demonstrate it as he heals on the Sabbath. In Mark 3, the religious leaders were waiting to see what Jesus might do. He asks a man with a shrivelled hand to stand before everyone in the synagogue.

Was he the only crippled person there? Had the man been planted?

Jesus challenges the crowd with a question about what is lawful on the Sabbath… “…to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” (Mark 3:4) The answer is blatantly obvious; yet, no one responds. Jesus is angry at their stubborn hearts.

I wonder, what is the stubbornness of my heart?

The gospel says he doesn’t just heal a shrivelled hand… the hand was completely restored. (vs.5)  Not just healed of disease, but restored of all that its effects as well.

Complete restoration… a women in our group said, “I want that… complete restoration.”

Because of the healing, the crowds of people keep coming. Even though Jesus demonstrated his power, he challenges the demons not to tell who he was. It was not their story to tell.

In the middle of this chapter we read Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted… that they might be with him… and that He might send them out… In the midst of healing and teaching, Jesus pulls away with his disciples

that they might be with him.

…be with Jesus… like family…

When Jesus enters a house, followed by a crowd, his family comes to “take charge of him”; they have concern for him, as teachers of the law are accusing him of being possessed. Jesus uses a parable to give a hard teaching about blaspheming the Holy Spirit – denying the power and the work of the Holy Spirit – a sin that will not be forgiven… a hard teaching…

And his family… they’re still looking for him and Jesus asks, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” Jesus proclaims that all who do God’s will are his brother, and sister and mother.

Was this hard teaching for his family? Did they immediately receive the invitation to be part of his new family?

Restoration…

in the midst of the crowd…

pulling away to be with Jesus…

invited into His family…

Take some time this week to pull away with Jesus, to be with Him, so that He might send you out.  Be restored as you rest in Mark this week!

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2 Responses to Mark 3 ~ Restoration

  1. Charlene says:

    Jesus’ labour of love is an unmeasurable gift to us. He laboured so that His story would be told. He laboured so that we all could have this message of what His love is all about. He came for the sick, the lonely, the untouchable ones whom the public would scorn. Jesus’ example of patience with those who choose to make life difficult for others is definately inspiring and challenges me to try to be Christlike in all my interactions. May my labours in this world bring some fruit to harvest so that His name is always lifted and glorified.

  2. Marian says:

    Thanks Charlene,
    This is a great encouragement to all of us as we strive to become Christlike in all we do. I love your phrase ‘bring some fruit to harvest’. May be all increasingly seek to become like Jesus so that we would bear fruit, and His name would be lifted up!
    Blessings!

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