I had the opportunity to preach twice yesterday from Mark 1:35-45:
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.
Here are the main points:
1. Jesus has auhtority over our priorities. (vv.35-39)
2. Jesus has authority that should not be ignored. (vv. 40-45)
As you think through this text here are some questions to help you think through the implications:
- Why can it be easier for us to accept Jesus’ authority over the universe than to accept his authority over our day-to-day priorities?
- What was Jesus’ priority during his earthly ministry?
- How did he manage his priorities (v. 35)
- How should this affect our priorities?
- Self-evaluation: when you think about your life and schedule are your priorities temporal & fleshly OR eternal & spiritual?
- How can we improve and encourage one another in this area?
- Do you think the leper in Mark 1:45 accepted the authority of Jesus? Explain.
- Do you ever respond to Jesus’ authority the way the leper did?
- What are the consequences of refusing to accept the authority of Jesus? (eternal and temporal)
- How did Jesus deal with the eternal consequences for us?