August 22, 2017

Today you should read: Mark 1:21-45

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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

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “August 22, 2017”

  1. My prayer life leaves a lot to be desired and I really want to change that but my lack of self-discipline and not only that area but several areas of my life have made me fail time and time again in securing time alone with God. Yesterday, my family had a really hard day And I was compelled to just start praying out loud I know it was the Holy Spirit that compelled me to do this. Suddenly I find myself this morning praying for my children out loud and praying for my husband. It’s like I can’t help myself, I just have to pray. My family has had an extremely difficult morning with preparing to go back to school this morning and just oppression on every side. I feel like God is specifically calling me and asking me to intercede for my family which I should’ve been doing all along. This jumpstart this morning is just another marker in the road for me telling me that God is for me and He is talking to me through others. He is calling out my dry bones to come alive. This specific scripture is just confirmation for me that I do not have to live in this current situation without hope. It confirms that God wants to heal my family and oh what a blessing to hear this confirmation. I sit here weeping for my family and the pain we are experiencing but I know that there is hope in the Almighty for healing and restoration.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      When things are going wrong, as a mom I often just patch things together and try to keep things going. Later, I remember that God is there for me. Then I feel guilty that I didn’t go to Him sooner. Fortunately, He knows we are dust. A bruised reed He will not break. He won’t snuff out a smoldering candle wick. Praise God! He is guiding us as His dear children all the time. Our times are in His hands and He perfects all things that concern us! You are never late. I’m praising God that you are feeling His power today. Just remember that there’s no guilt or condemnation in Christ. Even when we don’t feel victorious, God has already taken over our battle for us! You will be caught by life again. But the whole time, you are in the palm of the Father’s hand!

    2. Sarah I’m praying for you and your family. Thanks for sharing. Often God lets us get in a place where all we can look is up. Tim

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