Welcome back again to our teaching series, The way of the Lord – Part 3. From now I’ll try to deliver fortnightly so that you’ve time to absorb or take in and understand the message. Please read the whole chapter of Mark 3, if you may.
“And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.” Mark 3:8
Every child of God who is instructed about the word should be able to read between the lines. Anyway, a great multitude, when they’d heard what great things he did, they came to him. I should maybe ask you to do the same, come to him!
Allow me to ask you, what great things have you so far heard about Jesus, things which persuaded you to come to him?
Those who came, did come because they’d heard what he had done; how that he had healed many; as many as had plagues and unclean spirits. When they saw him, they “fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God” (Mark 3:11). They’d heard all sorts, but upon meeting Jesus their attitudes changed, and they fell down and worshipped him.
Paul says, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13). We worship him likewise!
There are two groups of people that came; miracle hunters, and true worshippers; which one are you?
The true worshippers, upon meeting him, they forgot all about what they’d heard, what great things he did, and instead began to worship him – “…the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23). When you come to meet up with him; let your purpose be to worship him. That’ll distinguish you from miracle hunters who keep asking for more. Proverbs 30:14-15 says, “There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives … The horseleach hath two daughters, crying , Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied…” those in church for gain are one of them.
Now, as this post is about “The way of the Lord,” you’ll notice each time they asked for more miracles, the Lord would disappear into the mountain to pray and later, reappear somewhere. He’ll often say, “I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent” (Luke 4:43). But when you fall down to worship him he says, mission accomplished, and will drop something of the spirit to you. Here, he ordained leaders.
“And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.” Mark 3:14-15
So he ordained twelve to
- be with him
- to send them to preach
- to heal sicknesses
- to cast out devils
When the disciples disciples knew who he was, and declared, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” He said, “upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
Worship him likewise, declaring who he is, and wait and see if he’ll not open heaven for you to pour out a blessing.
“And when his friends heard of it , they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.” Mark 3:21
These were his family, who thought he was beside himself. But, “behold my mother and my brethren!” Whosoever shall do the will of God. And many other adversaries arose also, such were the Sadducees and Pharisees who assumed be had Beelzebub. But, “how can Satan cast out Satan?”
Despite all these challenges, he learned to live along with towards achieving his goal. See you next time on the subject and