What did I learn about Jesus?
- Jesus took the time to be alone with his Father despite pressure from the crowds.
- We need to carve out time in our busy lives to be alone with our heavenly Father.
What did I learn about disciple-making?
- Jesus called his disciples to follow him, telling them that he would make them fishers of men.
- We are called to follow Jesus, and he will do the work of transformation in us which will enable us to go and make disciples of others.
Extended thoughts and observations from Pastor Mark:
I love this gospel because it is so fast paced. Mark doesn’t fiddle around with Christmas stories. He plunges right in. The very first chapter is a whirlwind of activities that prove he is the anticipated Messiah. One of Mark’s favorite words is “immediately.” You might underline it every time you see it. He jumps from story to story to story.
But right here in chapter 1, we discover the same call to disciple making. In fact, one church we recently visited, uses 1:17 to define what a disciple is. A disciple is someone who follows Jesus (Follow me), who is transformed by Jesus (and I will make you)…and who joins in the mission of Jesus (fishers of men.) Pretty good definition.
-Notice how often he tells spirits or people to be quiet…and they can’t keep their mouths shut. How eager are we to talk about what Jesus is doing in us?
-Notice his priority of being alone with the father, first thing in the morning while still dark (35)…and how his disciples interrupted that to attend to the “business.” Yet he leaves behind the adoring masses to move on to others. He did not chase popularity. I need to continue to remember this when it comes to numbers and crowds.
Mark is a GREAT gospel. Enjoy.