“The Rejection of Jesus in Nazareth”
Mark 1:21-34 Key word: “Authority” Rev. Dr. Scott T. Arnold
3/08/2020 at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA
Week 10: “Sojourning with King Jesus“
Introduction: The Great Physician. Surely, He Bore our Sorrows.
A. Jesus taught in Capernaum with authority. (21-22).
21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.
B. Jesus handled a spiritual diversion (23-26)
- The devil possesses people to distort and distract (23-24) 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
- Jesus casts out evil spirits with His word of calm and cleansing: (25) 25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
C. Jesus gained credibility through Word & Deed (27-28)
27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
D. Jesus made “House Calls” (29-31)
129 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
E. News of Jesus’ Healing goes “viral” (32-34)
- People are attracted to Jesus with a desire for healing: (32-33) 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
- Jesus has authority to heal disease and cast out evil spirits (34) 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
Key Point: There is new life, born of the Holy Spirit of God for all who believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus gives healing of the soul and the body for all who believe in Him, who come to Him in faith. Healing that lasts is the healing of the Spirit and Soul, which involves the presence of God’s Holy Spirit and the Authority of Jesus to forgive our sins and give restoration to our bodies and very Souls. Healing is also not only personal; it is mostly relational. We need healing in our relationship to God and one another. That is why Jesus came.
- What experiences of illness have you struggled with? How has Jesus helped you? Why do we wait for healing many times?
- When Jesus spoke sternly to the evil spirit in the man, what do you note about his words and their effect? How do we relate to this?
- Why was the healing ministry of Jesus important? How did God reveal His mercy and character through Jesus?
- In the midst of difficult times in our world, in which we see a global concern (panic) regarding the spread of disease (Corona Virus and Flu), what is the role of our faith and how does trust in Jesus enter into our lives and relationships?
- How does faith intersect with good stewardship of our physical bodies and social interactions with others?