God's Word (4:1-20); our witness (4:21-25); spiritual growth (4:26-29); the Kingdom of God (4:30-34); Miracles over the elements (4:35-41); demonic spirits (5:1-20); our bodies (5:25-29); death itself (5:35-42).
And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. And the people saw them departing, and many knew Him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto Him. And Jesus, when He came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and He began to teach them many things (Mark 6:32-34).
It is a true testimony to the power of the words that were spoken by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that He never had to advertise to draw a crowd. The disciples didn't have to go door to door handing out flyers about that week's evangelistic campaign. Obviously, there were no radio, television or newspaper ads. Each time that Jesus preached to multitudes, the crowd formed in pretty much the same way. Jesus came to a certain area, then a few people saw Him and word of His presence started to spread. Before you knew it, somebody would come to Him for prayer, and a crowd would begin to gather. The Lord used these opportunities to proclaim the truth of the Gospel message. And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding His twelve disciples, He departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities (Matt. 11:1).
On this particular occasion, it most likely transpired the same way. They had set out privately, but they were seen, and soon a crowd began to gather around them. Jesus knew that His ministry here on earth was not to be a lengthy one. He knew that soon His time here would draw to a close, and He would then fulfill His ultimate purpose for coming. He saw the people as they were, lost and without hope. However, He would provide hope. The overwhelming love of God for His creation was overflowing out of the heart of Jesus. He used every opportunity that He had to share the truth with the people. The day was coming when He would allow that love to be manifested in a most perfect way. He would give His life for all those that He was preaching to, but not for them only. He would give His life as a substitutionary sacrifice for every soul that had lived, was living or was to live. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (I John 3:16).
They came to the Lord, and He preached the truth to them. His ministering to the people went so far beyond mere words. Later, in Mark chapter 6, the Lord provided physical food for the hungry just as He provided spiritual food for those starving from living in hopelessness and sin.
Many people apply the term “social gospel” to those who feed and clothe people as part of their work for Christ. Many feel this is a new way of doing things. That is truly not the case, as Jesus spent just as much time showing love as He did telling about it.
Many people apply the term “social gospel” to those who feed and clothe people as part of their work for Christ. Many feel this is a new way of doing things. That is truly not the case, as Jesus spent just as much time showing love as He did telling about it. (John 13:34-35).
Thought for Today:
To avoid being possessed by demons the swine committed suicide. Foolish people choose demons.
For Mark 4:12: See Is. 6:9-10; Jer. 5:21; Ezek. 12:2.
4:24 mete = measure out, give to others; 5:19 suffered him not = did not permit him
Pray for Staff: Beth Carlton Government Officials: Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR), Rep. Steve R. Rothman (NJ) Country: Algeria (37 million) in North Africa • Major languages: Arabic, Darja, Berber, French • Opposition to the Gospel is intense • 99% Muslim; 1% Christian and Jewish Prayer Suggestion: Pray for national revival, for righteousness exalts a nation (Prov. 14:34).
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