Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"Look Close!"

Today, I would like to share with you a section of scripture that really drew my attention as I read. It can be found in Mark 1:29-39.

   Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
   But Simon's wife's mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once.
   So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.
   Now at evening, when the sun set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed.
   And the whole city was gathered at the door.
   Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.
   Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
   And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.
   When they found Him, they said to Him, "Everyone is looking for You."
   But He said to them, "Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth."
   And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.

So, you may be wondering what is so special in these verses that it would draw my attention it? First, Look close because I want to ask you, "What do you see? What is it that you 'notice'  happening here? 

Do you see that Jesus leaves the synagogue and goes to the home of Simon and Andrew with James and John? Do you see that the first thing that happens when He gets there is that they tell Him about Simon's sick in-law and that He immediately goes to her, takes her by the hand and the fever leaves her. Do you see that the news about Him being in the neighborhood spreads and by nightfall the crowd of needs had found Him. Do you see that He doesn't send them away cause He is visiting with friends off the clock, but instead He healed their diseases and or set them free! Did you notice that even after His impromptu night He was up before daylight to find some time with the Father before His day began? Did you notice that His response to His disciples when they found Him and said, 'Everyone is looking for You,' was very similar to the response He gave His mother on another occasion when searching for Him was the theme. "...Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business." Luke 2:49 

I wonder? Do you see what I saw as I read through these 11 verses? Did you notice that despite the seemingly unending demands placed upon Him, His response whether in word or deed is to fulfill the purpose for which He had come. His response ... in words and or deeds is always to be about His Father's business!

Now that we have talked all about what you see in these verses here is what I see ...

His actions speak volumes!

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