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Welcome to the Gospel of Mark! Believed to have been written by John Mark, it is a record of the life and ministry of Jesus from John the Baptist through Jesus’ ascension to heaven. Mark’s Gospel is a very practical and “common-man” approach to the story of Christ. It’s simple but rich!
Today’s passage reminds us that Jesus cares about you. He cares about the things that cause you pain. He cares about your struggles and your burdens. Jesus lived and walked among the people. They saw Him up-close and personal. In Mark 1, Jesus is working from His ministry headquarters in Capernaum. In verse 1, He did what He always practiced. On the Sabbath He went to the synagogue to teach the people. While He was there, a man possessed with a demon came in and taunted Him. Jesus responded by delivering the man from the oppression and possession. Jesus cared about that man and the pain that Satan was causing him.
After that happened, Jesus left the synagogue and went to Peter and Andrew’s home (only a block or so from the synagogue in Capernaum). Peter’s mother in law was sick with a high fever so Jesus healed her. That evening, many people that were sick and possessed by demons came to Jesus and He healed them all. Immediately Jesus began to travel to other towns and to preach and heal people there too.
Jesus cares about people! Jesus cares about you! I pray that brings you comfort today. I love this old hymn:
Does Jesus care when my heart is pained too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress, and the way grows weary and long?
Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed to resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief, though my tears flow all the night long?
Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye” to the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks— Is it aught to Him? Does He see?
Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares.
- How does thinking about this encourage you?
- What burdens can you cast on Him today? (1 Peter 5:7)
- How can I pray for you?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor