Show me Jesus, Father, and show others the Jesus in me.
A COUSIN TO FORETELL (v 1-8)
“It is written in Isaiah the prophet: ‘I will send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way'” (1:2 NIV)
You let me know, Lord, in Luke’s gospel that Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, and Mary, mother of Jesus, were relatives (Luke 1:36). And here in Mark’s gospel, You reveal the plan You had for using John to prepare the way for his cousin Jesus’ ministry.
A COMMENT TO FORTHTELL (V 9-13)
“And a voice came from heave: ‘You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.'” (1:11 NIV)
There’s a proud Father proclaiming His love, affirmation, and approval of His child to all who can hear … You have told me elsewhere in Your Word that I’m Your child too now, because I’ve believed in Your Son. (Jn 1:12-13; 1 Jn 3:1) Thank You for Your love and Your affirmation.
A CALL TO FOLLOW (V 14-20)
“Jesus said to them, ‘Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.'” (1:17 MSG)
You called out to a handful of men to leave behind everything they’ve known and go with You. They did it “at once.” Dropping their belongings, leaving their father, their lives, they set out to follow You down any road, at any cost.
A COMMAND TO FLEE (V 21-28)
“‘Be quiet!’ said Jesus sternly. ‘Come out of him!'” (1:25 NIV)
You spoke, Jesus, and demons jumped. They recognized You and Your authority and power.
That’s how it goes with the Lord of the universe, the Creator of all things, the God of all creation — whether fallen or forgiven. It’s YOU who are in charge and by Your power all things live, move, exist, hold together, etc.
(Interesting though, how those You called back then, heard Your call and followed at once. Plus, those demons heard Your command and obeyed right then. What happens today? When we hear Your call to follow or a command to do, do we “at once” follow or do? Hmmmm. Was there a difference in actually hearing You say it from “hearing” You today by reading it?)
A CLASP TO FIX ( v 29-34)
“So He went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.” (1:31)
Here, Jesus, You showed me Your power over sickness and Your compassion for the sick. With just a touch, as You clasped this woman’s hand, You fixed her body, healing her condition.
A CHANCE TO FELLOWSHIP (v 35-39)
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” (1:35 NIV)
Whenever You found the opportunity, You stole away to be alone with Your Father. You found a place in which You could converse with the One who sent You here to die for me and everyone else. Throughout Your ministry, there are moments like these recorded in which You took the time to spend alone with Your Father. Thank You for Your example.
A CHOICE TO FREE (v 40-45)
“Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be clean!’” (1:41)
A man recognized that You held the power to free him from a life of disease and rejection. He sought You out and laid the choice before You. You chose to heal him, to free him, to cleanse him. What joy You brought to his life! What restoration — not just to his body, but because You healed and cleansed him, he could return to live with his family!!
What a picture You’ve drawn through Mark’s pen as he began his story of Your life here on earth, Jesus:
Your arrival was anticipated.
Your Sonship was affirmed.
You call was answered.
Your authority was respected.
Your power was revealed.
Your relationship with Your Father was manifested.
Your compassion was confirmed.
Thank You for opening my eyes to see You! Continually open my heart to allow the You I see to be alive and reflected in and through me, as You make me just like You. Amen.