07/02/2021 : RAISED UP TO SERVE

Reading:   Mark 1: 29-39

Jesus Heals Many People

29 After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew’s home. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away. 31 So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.

32 That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. 33 The whole town gathered at the door to watch. 34 So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.

Jesus Preaches in Galilee

35 Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. 36 Later Simon and the others went out to find him. 37 When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

38 But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” 39 So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.

New Living Translation (NLT)

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Questions:

  1. What is this Bible reading about?
  2. What is your reaction to the words that immediately after the healing “she prepared a meal for them”? Why do you think Mark mentions this fact?  Why is this important?
  3. Has God ever touched your life, or the life of someone you know, and by doing so restored you (them) to a completeness of who you (they) are?
  4. The words in vs 31 “helped her sit up” other translations say “raised her up” when read in a poetic way are words of resurrection. What if this resurrection imagery here means that being healed, means you are restored, and raised up to be who you always were and were always meant to be?
  5. Jesus said he came that we might have “fullness [completeness] of life”. Do you believe that is a true statement for your experience of your life? Is your life full or incomplete, are you restored or do you need restoration…?

Prayer thought this week:

Please focus your prayers on our doctors and health care workers. Pray that they may continue to have the ongoing strength and inner resolve they need to continue to use their skills and their hands to “raise up” people from their sick beds and send them home restored!

God bless

Tim.