Sunday Service Devotional

Choose Life

“And He said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Step forward.’ Then He said to them, ‘Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?’ But they kept silent. And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.” Mark 3:3-5

The profound thing Jesus reveals through His miracle on the Sabbath is that there are two ways to obey God’s word. One leads to death and the other to life. One simply listens to the surface-level meaning of God’s word, the other listens to the heart behind it.

Jesus, Healer of the Soul

“When Jesus heard it, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.’” Mark 2:17

It appears in Mark 2 that the scribes and Pharisees were walking by Levi’s (a tax collector) house as he was hosting a party filled with the rejects of society. I can almost see the scribes and Pharisees walking by with their eyebrows raised and faces snarled when they saw Jesus and the disciples in the midst of the party. Then they pointed their self-righteous fingers down at them and said with a loud voice for all to hear, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus then replied, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” 

Jesus, the Life Changer

“Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’” Mark 1:14-15

“Jesus came preaching the gospel.” Why? Because the gospel of Jesus changes lives. When Jesus began His ministry He preached to anyone and everyone willing to hear, and to many who didn’t want to hear. The word “gospel” simply means “good news”. The gospel is the good news that the kingdom of God has come, that God is with us and that He cares for us. The good news is that He can heal us from both physical and spiritual sickness. The good news is that there is no sin problem too great or too small for Him to handle.

INAUGURATED

“It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove (Mark 1:9-10).”

In the beginning, before the creation of the heavens and the earth, the Spirit is described as hovering over the face of the waters. Similarly, at Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit is described as descending like a dove. This reveals to us that just as the Spirit hovered over the waters before the original creation, the Spirit also hovered over Jesus because He was going to do a new creation.