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February 4, 2019, 7:00 PM

Let us go on

Mark 1:35-39

It had been a fantastic evening of ministry in Capernaum. People from the surrounding region of Galilee had heard about Jesus casting out a demon at the synagogue. As the word of this spread, folks brought the sick, those oppressed by demons to the home of Simon and Andrew. Many were healed of their diseases and demons were cast out of those they had oppressed. What an evening that must have been!

Early in the morning while. It was still dark, Jesus quietly slips away to spend time with his Heavenly Father. But it doesn’t take long for that to be interrupted. The disciples woke up and quickly discovered Jesus was missing. So they formed a search party and went looking for Jesus. We can only imagine their joy and enthusiasm when they find him.

“Hey, Jesus! Whew, we found you! Why didn’t you tell us where you were going?”

”We were worried about you! Is everything okay? What are you doing way out here?”

”Jesus, last night was awesome! No one has ever experienced anything like that before. People are already talking about doing it again tonight.”

”Yeah, Jesus! We need to hurry back. Everyone is looking for you. We’re on to something really big in Capernaum. Come on, let’s go back.”

AND Jesus responds: “No. Let us go on to the next towns so that I might preach in those as well. That is why I came: to preach the good news throughout Israel, not just Capernaum.”

Jesus did not come to establish a ministry base in one town. As you read the gospels, you see Jesus on the go. Jesus traveled all around Galilee preaching, teaching and ministering to needs. His mission was to seek and save the lost. Everywhere Jesus  went He taught about the Father’s kingdom, calling people to repent and believe the good news. That was why Jesus came.

We have been given the same mission. Jesus commands the church to go and make disciples of all nations. Our task is to tell everyone that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin, to obtain our pardon and to reconcile us to God. We receive this wonderful gift of salvation Jesus offers by believing that Jesus is the Son of God, who died and rose again so that we could inherit eternal life. It is ours by faith, believing and confessing that what Jesus did was perfectly sufficient to bring us into a personal relationship with God. 

  • Do you know Jesus as your Savior and. Lord?  Have you called out and trusted in Jesus to save you from your sins?
  • Who needs to hear this good news that Jesus saves completely to make us right with God?  

We can’t camp out where it is popular, convenient and familiar. We must go out of our comfort zone and speak with those who have not heard, who do not know Jesus as Savior and Lord. Like Jesus, we need to go on to other people and venues so they too might hear and believe. Let’s go!

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