Getting to Know Jesus: Revelation 5

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I just can’t get over the book of Revelation. Although confusing at times, this book remains as a source of encouragement for me because it initiates a shift in perspective away from myself onto something much greater. No matter how overwhelming or anxious my situations may seem, getting a glimpse of Jesus in His glory and pure essence just makes me seem so small. And I think that’s a good thing. Sometimes we need to feel small to realize just how finite our lives are when compared to our great God. And that it will all be okay in the end. Then what I face doesn’t have to bother me as much. For I know that the One holding the whole timeline of the universe in His hands will always be there and will always love me.

We can know this because of what Jesus sacrificed to win us back from sin and death.

Revelation chapter 5 in particular gives us a picture of Jesus in relation to His sacrifice for us. We get a glimpse of what this actually looked like for Jesus to offer Himself to God in our place and the subsequent honor and power it has unleashed. Jesus is not described in this chapter in His earthly humanity or even in His radiant divinity, but in His vulnerability to embrace the nature of a lamb.

In Revelation 5 specifically, as Jesus embraces this nature of a lamb, He is worshipped for it. He is not worshipped because of His splendor. Not because of His miracles. Not because of His endearing words. Not in this chapter. But because He is the Lamb!…He is so worshipped. The only One who was willing to pay the price. The only One who stepped up to address the problem of our sin and death. And because of this, He is recognized very clearly in Revelation 5 as the only One who is worthy. The only One who has any value. The only One who ultimately has any power. The only One who is able to fix the problem of sin and a world of death.

This is made evident in verses 2-4 when an angel asks loudly among all in heaven, who is worthy to open the scrolls? No one is found. And John weeps as he observes this. How devastating it would be to glimpse the reality of no hope. That is what John briefly experienced in that moment of wondering. No hope. That is what you and I deserve. No hope. That is what John saw when nobody came forth to open the scroll. No hope. That is what you and I dwell among right now in our sinful depravity. No hope.

But praise to be God, it all changed!

At last in verses 5-6 the Lamb is found! The Lamb was the only hope. For the Lamb is the root of David. The Lamb is the mighty conqueror. The Lamb overcame death in our place. The Lamb has brought hope back to life. The Lamb is worthy to open the scroll. And now we have hope. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice as the Lamb of God alone do we have hope. There is no other way. We cannot manufacture it on our own. Jesus alone has been given honor and power to do what nobody else can. He alone.

Jesus embraced the nature of a lamb so that He could offer Himself to God as a sacrifice for all the sin that you and I have ever committed. He is the only One who could fix our dilemma. For He alone lived a perfect life as God sent from heaven in human form.

But this lamb is not just any ordinary lamb.

What really stood out to me in this passage was in verse 6 where John describes this lamb as still standing. John sees a lamb that obviously looks like it has been slain and mangled. He sees pain, scars, wounds and death. He sees a lamb that should not be alive. So it doesn’t make sense that a lamb that has been cut apart would be able to stand. But Jesus did. It doesn’t make sense that He would have any strength left. But Jesus did. It doesn’t seem possible that a lamb murdered and sacrificed would still be alive. But Jesus is. And because of this, we have been made alive! Jesus is the only One who had the power to defeat death despite death. He alone is able to bring life. His sacrifice was intentional not accidental.

Different from other chapters in Revelation, Jesus never speaks in Revelation 5. Not a word by Him is uttered. The silence of Jesus in this chapter reflects what had been accomplished in His quiet submission to go to the cross. And His humble confidence to do what needed to be done, fully taking responsibility for something that He never deserved. A problem He didn’t have to fix, but chose to take on Himself as the one through whom all things were created. Because of His obedience, He is worshipped in this chapter as the most worthy thing in the entire universe as we start to hear other voices rising with praise beginning with verse 9 in this passage. And all just stand in awe of the only One who is able to open the scroll.

The Jesus I read about in Revelation chapter 5 has the attention of every single living thing around Him. Nobody is able to look away. Nobody is able to remain silent either. Worship erupts. And this time, Jesus remains silent. For all of existence has been riding on Him from the beginning of time until now. And the time for His purpose to be fully accomplished is coming.

In light of this we have to ask ourselves, when’s the last time I gazed upon Jesus with awe? When’s the last time I erupted in praise for what He has done? For if we get to know Jesus correctly and see Him the way that John did as is recounted in this book, we will never be the same when we consider the person of Jesus.

Let us get to know Jesus as the tender yet resilient lamb. Humble yet powerful ruler. Meek yet mighty warrior. The One who loves us with such a deep love that nothing could stand in the way of Him doing for us what we could not do for ourselves: fix the problem of sin and death.

Let us all gaze upon Him with awe. Let us stop what we’re doing, get quiet and posture ourselves before Jesus, the Lamb of God who has taken our pain and suffering upon Himself in our place.

May we be forever grateful to Jesus for what He has done for us. May we not take this lightly. May we revere Him as so valuable and glorious and worthy of our hearts. May we gaze in awe of Him and be so compelled to sing praises to Him, finally understanding why He deserves our worship in the first place.

Summary of Revelation 5

John sees One seated on the throne holding a scroll in His right hand; an angel inquires about who is worthy to open and read the scroll; no one is able to open it; John starts to weep because there is no one found worthy enough to open the scroll; one of the elders consoles John by telling him that there surely is one who is worthy to open the scroll, the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the root of David; John sees the Lamb between the throne of God and four creatures; the Lamb is described as one who has been slain, with seven horns and seven eyes; the Lamb goes and takes the scroll from the right hand of the One seated on the throne; the living creatures and all the elders fall down before the Lamb as He takes the scroll; they sing to the Lamb; John sees angels who start to sing to the Lamb; John then hears every creature in heaven, earth and in the sea singing to the Lamb; the four creatures say amen; the elders fall before the Lamb and worship Him.

Jesus in Revelation 5

Jesus’ response was anticipated (v. 2)

Jesus is needed (v. 2)

Jesus is necessary (v. 2)

Jesus’ absence is mourned (v. 4)

Jesus absence forever would have brought about ceaseless sorrow (v. 4)

Jesus’ existence is enough to stop our tears (v. 5)

Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah (v. 5)

Jesus is the Root of David (v. 5)

Jesus is royal (v. 5)

Jesus is the promised one humanity had been waiting for (v. 5)

Jesus’ arrival to open the scroll is awaited (v. 5)

Jesus is the source of hope (v. 5)

Jesus has conquered all that needed to be conquered (v. 5)

Jesus’ conquering enables Him to open the scroll and its seven seals (v. 5)

Jesus is the only one with real power (v. 5)

Jesus is mighty (v. 5)

Jesus does what nobody else can do (v. 5-7)

Jesus is described as a Lamb (v. 6)

Jesus looks like He has been slain (v. 6)

Jesus is mangled (v. 6)

Jesus in the form of this lamb has 7 horns and 7 eyes (v. 6)

Jesus in not an ordinary lamb (v. 6)

Jesus possesses the 7 spirits of God sent out through all the earth (v. 6)

Jesus is standing not sitting (v. 6)

Jesus is alive despite His death (v. 6)

Jesus is victorious in spite of his slaughtering (v. 6)

Jesus defeated death with death (v. 6)

Jesus takes the scroll from the One seated on the throne (v. 7)

Jesus is an initiator (v. 7)

Jesus has a task to still accomplish (v. 7)

Jesus is given all control (v. 7)

Jesus causes the living creatures and elders to fall at His feet in worship (v. 8)

Jesus is worshipped with music and prayer (v. 8)

Jesus is worthy to touch the scroll (v. 9)

Jesus is worthy to open the scroll (v. 9)

Jesus is acknowledged by the elders in heaven as being slain (v. 9)

Jesus shed blood (v. 9)

Jesus ransomed people for God (v. 9)

Jesus redeems people from every tribe, tongue and nation (v. 9)

Jesus fixed the problem of sin and death (v. 9)

Jesus has made His people a kingdom (v. 10)

Jesus has made His people priests to God (v. 10)

Jesus’ sacrifice will enable His people to reign on the earth (v. 10)

Jesus invites His people to partner with Him (v. 10)

Jesus gives His people responsibilities (v. 10)

Jesus attracts a multitude of angels, living creatures and the elders to worship Him (v. 11-12)

Jesus is again acknowledged as the Lamb who was slain (v. 12)

Jesus’ sacrifice is the most glorified thing about Him in this chapter (v. 12)

Jesus’ sacrifice alone makes Him worthy of complete worship (v. 12)

Jesus is worshipped by all those in heaven surrounding Him (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive power (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive wealth (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive wisdom (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive strength (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive honor (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive glory (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive blessing (v. 12)

Jesus and the One who sits on the throne are both worshipped by everything in the universe (v. 13)

Jesus and the One who sits on the throne are given blessing (v. 13)

Jesus and the One who sits on the throne are given honor (v. 13)

Jesus and the One who sits on the throne are given glory (v. 13)

Jesus and the One who sits on the throne are given dominion (v. 13)

Jesus and the One sitting on the throne are worshipped forever and ever (v. 13-14)

Jesus and the One who sits on the throne see the elders fall down before them in worship (v. 14)

 

“And I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.  And one of the elders said to me, ‘Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’” –Revelation 5:4-5 –

 

Questions for Today:

  • What is the picture of Jesus described like in Revelation chapter 5?
  • Why is this portrayal of Jesus significant?
  • Do I fully understand what Jesus did for me as the Lamb of God to fix the problem of sin and death in the world?
  • Why should I be in awe of Jesus?
  • What next step is Jesus asking me to take in my relationship with Him today?

“Let it Be Jesus” by Passion Band ft Christy Nockels

God’s Way or My Way

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As God refines us and prunes us to be more fruitful as John 15 describes, He often allows us to tread waters we were never meant to tread on our own. He lets us face seemingly overwhelming circumstances as He filters through the motivations of our hearts and tests our genuineness. It is in this place where we are met with the challenge of pursuing God even when it makes more sense to us to go our own way, as we can be blinded to the beauty of what God has in store.

Though God might make it extremely clear to me which way I should go, I will never be forced to follow God’s way. It’s a choice flowing from His plan of free will for our lives. But the way we choose to go will determine what kind of life we live and what kind of relationship we have with our God.

But if I’m honest, I wrestle with this choice in the moments where I’m tempted to consider my plans over the sovereignty of God.

I don’t like it when I take time to plan something in detail and then it all ends up completely different. I don’t like it when I can’t be in total control of my surroundings. I don’t like it when my path is not clear. My plans become seemingly wasted. And what I thought would and should happen just falls apart. If I’m not careful to align my thoughts with scripture, I can get incredibly anxious and worrisome. I get doubtful with God and go back and forth with Him about how I don’t understand why everything I thought would happen just isn’t happening.

But I’m having to learn how to be flexible in the Potter’s hands as it says in Isaiah 64:8, letting Him shape my plans to fit His design and purpose not mine. I’m having to learn how to ask God for help in considering the way I should go, instead of just going on my own. I’m learning to let go of what I want, so I can be open to what He wants instead.

In this process of refining, God is showing me that any moment of temptation to go my own way is rooted in much more than my need to be able to plan and anticipate. My moments of doubt and mistrust are rooted in my misperceptions of God.

When I considered this, I thought, surely God I know you, don’t I? Surely I don’t have any misperceptions of You? I study You’re word, how can I have a wrong view of You?

But God started excavating my heart, revealing to me every moment where I have misinterpreted God in my mind:

If I view God as One who wants to control rather than protect, I will never draw near to Him. I will resist Him.

If I view God as One who wants to misdirect me rather than lead me, I will never submit to Him. I will be suspicious of Him.

If I view God as One who wants to punish me rather than love me, I will never open my heart to Him. I will remain distant from Him.

If I view God as One who wants to rob me rather than bless me, I will never trust Him. I will doubt Him.

If I view God as One who wants me to suffer more than He wants me to enjoy life, I will never experience Him. I will only experience the God I think I’ve figured out.

If I view God as One who is not as desirable as other things, I will never experience His satisfying love. I will miss out on the best thing in the universe.

All these misperceptions of God will stain our intimacy with Him! And all of these misperceptions could not be further from the truth of who our God really is:

For God is the protector of the weak, who watches over His beloved.

“I keep the Lord in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” – Psalm 16:8

“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” – 2 Thess 3:3

For God is the trustworthy leader, who guides His own as a loving Father.

“God will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go. He will guide me with His eye.” – Psalm 32:8

“The Spirit of truth has come and He is guiding me into all truth. He will tell me things to come.” – John 16:13

For God can’t help Himself but to love His beloved and has never desired to punish us.

“Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His love.
He will delight in you with shouts of joy.”– Zephaniah 3:17

“For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” – John 3:17

For God is the blessing Himself.

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:32

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” – Matthew 13:44

For God takes pleasure in our enjoyment of life and isn’t allowing suffering out of spite, but out of care and nurturing.

“With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” – Psalm 91:16

 “I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.” –John 10:10

“Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.” – 1 Peter 5:10

For God is the best thing that exists.

“But I will see Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence.” – Psalm 17:15

“Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” – Psalm 63:3

“Our Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created.” – Revelation 4:11

As I get to know God better, I’m finding that His way is always the best way.

And because His way is best, I don’t have to be upset when my plans fall apart. For my plans are lesser when compared to His greatness.

I should rather be totally overjoyed that anything I try to accomplish is outdone by my God who loves me and wants greater things for me than I want for myself.

I don’t know about you, but I need this truth of who God is on repeat in my mind reminding me of what’s true. I don’t have to worry about all the negativity. I don’t have to fixate on everything that I think is wrong either. That’s not the point. I just need to meditate on His truth reminding me of who He is…and He is rewiring me to think a different way.

To consider problems as ingredients for God’s miracles. To see darkness as an opportunity for the Lord to shine His glory. To recognize confusing moments as moments of God working on my behalf in ways unknown. To find delight in my skewed plans. To think of God as truly the Lord of all and over all.

He’s teaching me about who He is. That’s what He’s doing. Before when I started to consider this issue of God’s way versus my way, I thought He just wanted to teach me something concerning my spirituality or wanted to rid my heart of impurities, and sure He is doing both of these things…but these things were never God’s main goal in my heart…they were byproducts.

The main goal of God is for me to know Him.

To truly know Him. Who He is and how he operates. And this comforts my soul, to know that God just ultimately wants to be known by me and wants to let me know that I am known by Him. This is a kind of intimacy that fuels a faith of love with the Lord. And I so desperately want that. I beg God to bring me to that place… Where I start to notice God’s attributes and character as reflected in the way He moves in my life, rather than looking at my life and then pleading with God to do something about it, missing the beauty of who He actually is.

My Lord is so much more than anything I ever thought. He will always be more and I will never have Him figured out. And this brings rest and peace, because there have been times when I have expected God to act in a certain way and then we He didn’t I was so confused. But I see now that God’s essence is so unfathomable that I am so unfitting to try and understand His ways.

Isaiah 55:8-9 says this,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

He will always be so much more than I expect.

I am confident that He is worth more, deserving of more, and due every part of me that I try to hold back from Him. He is worth my complete devotion. And ultimately, my trust.

Now He’s asking me to relinquish the things that I’m holding on to so tightly with closed fists. I fear that if I let certain things go, I will never get it back and that I will miss out on something great. And in that conclusion I’ve really missed the point. For as I revisit the attributes above that I know are true about God, I know that God Himself is worth far more than anything I would every try to hold on to. I have no reason to fear. I have no reason to doubt God’s heart for me or His love for me. And I so desperately want to please God. I want Him to love me. I need Him to love me.

So as I come to Him with my closed fists, I ask Him to help me let go of what I’m holding on to…because I have a hard time letting go on my own. And He gently opens my hands and asks me, will you trust me? Will you let me remove these counterfeit things so that I can fill you heart with real joy and real love? I say, yes God, I want to, please show me how and help me to lay it down before You.

As agonizing as it is, I find that I have to do this over and over every single day.

Actually, it’s more like over and over throughout the day. I thought surrendering to God and letting go of these desires of my heart would be a one-time deal. That after I got over the monumental decision to let go that I wouldn’t struggle with it anymore. But that hasn’t been a reality for me.

I have to bring my heart back to God every single moment that I am tempted to doubt His request to give Him all of me. I have to ask Him to reaffirm to me that I have done the right thing. I have to ask Him to renew my joy. I have to ask Him to let me know that He really does have a plan and that He’s not just putting me through this for nothing. I have to plead with Him to give me peace.

Then He does. And I know that He is with me.

Though this persists as a tumultuous, continual cycle of struggling… surrendering… and seeking after Him, I’ve never felt more loved and cared for by God than I do right now.

I sense His nearness to me in a way I’ve never felt as strongly and I know that I just need Him so much. I can’t get through the day without Him. This feeling is not something I want to give up.

He’s teaching me to default into trusting Him rather than trusting in my own plans. Through this journey I’m starting to see Him as One who is far more desirable than everything else that I desire. And though it’s still a struggle for me at times, it’s becoming easier to choose God’s way over my way. His plan over mine. His request over mine. I’m getting to know Him and He is so worth it.

I’m so thankful for how the Lord works in the hearts of his beloved, drawing us to Himself in a way that satisfies us, even despite our doubt and wavering trust. He is still faithful. Even when we’re not. For He never changes. What a comfort.

I pray that you would be filled with the peace of God, knowing that He cares about you far more than you could ever imagine. I pray that you would be led by the Holy Spirit in whatever situation you are facing, experiencing life with our God in a way that surpasses every other thing pining for your attention. I pray that you would be ever aware of Christ’s nearness to you. And I pray that we all would choose God’s way over our own and that in the moments where we struggle to let go of what we hold on to, that the Lord would reveal Himself as so glorious and beautiful in our hearts that we would trust Him no matter what. May we truly get to know Him and learn how to walk with Him in faith.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

– Proverbs 3:5-6

Questions for Today:

  • What is keeping me from choosing God’s way?
  • Do I struggle to believe that God wants better things for me than I want for myself?
  • Why is it significant to have an accurate view of God?
  • What next step is Jesus asking me to take in my relationship with Him today?

“Anchor” by Bethel Worship ft Leah Valenzuela

Getting to Know Jesus: Mark 3

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Although Mark’s gospel is shorter than the other three gospels, what it lacks in content it makes up for in action. The book of Mark constantly portrays Jesus as on-the-move. Jesus is going from place to place, teaching, healing, traveling and seeking. Mark uses the word “immediately” about 40 times in this gospel, writing with an intentional sense of urgency. I’ve often wondered why Mark, or the author (as some still affirm its anonymity), chose to write this way. None of the other gospels seem hurried or rushed. Perhaps the author reflects his own fast-paced lifestyle in his writing, perhaps he just likes getting to the point, or perhaps he just wanted to portray an active and passionate Jesus, who made the most of every second he had.

For whatever reason the author writes his gospel with this action-oriented and fast-paced style, it gives us a perspective of Jesus as one who is constantly on pursuit and relentless in bringing good news to a broken world. Nothing can stand in his way.

As we read this passage in Mark chapter 3, getting to know Jesus and His character, He teaches us by example about a natural emotion that all of us are provoked with at certain times: anger. I used to be confused anytime I read this passage and would skip over it thinking, surely Jesus couldn’t have been angry could He? But in studying this passage I’m learning that there are two different types of anger, and the one that Jesus expresses is actually pure in nature not impure.

In Mark 3, we observe two kinds of people: those who are angry over the right things and those who are angry over the wrong things. The Pharisees were angry because Jesus intruded on their religious parade. Jesus was angry at the hardened condition of their hearts. The Pharisees were angry that Jesus would try and heal a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath. Jesus was angry that such death and pain existed. Both were angry. But for very different reasons.

There’s a huge difference between Jesus’ anger and the Pharisees’ anger. The Pharisees were provoked to anger because of their selfishness. Jesus was provoked to anger because of his love and desire for justice. The Pharisees’ anger was impure. Jesus’ anger was pure.

So anger in itself is not a bad thing. If pure, it can motivate us to bring healing and hope to the world. Andy Stanley says that “our greatest ministry will come from our greatest misery.” Anger can provoke great change and compassion. It can compel us to act. This is a holy kind of anger. It is not characterized by animosity, but rather by a discontent for the way things are and a desire to do something about it. Jesus expressed this kind of anger. And it is useful in the Lord’s hands.

But if impure, anger has the power to destroy both others and ourselves. It will eat away at our capacity for love and compassion, making us cold and indifferent to others’ needs as we become fixated on our own. The Pharisees had hard hearts as it says in Mark 3:5 which fueled their anger towards Jesus. And their hard hearts wanted nothing more than for the sick man to remain in his deprivation and unhealthy condition. How sad.That such behavior could manifest such indifference and apathy. This is an unholy kind of anger. And it is not useful at all.

There’s a holy kind of anger and there’s an unholy kind of anger. Which kind do you and I express?

We must evaluate our hearts to discover what makes us angry. If we’re angry about self-seeking issues then our hearts are not in the right place. But if we’re angry about things that also anger the heart of God, then God can use that anger in our hearts to inspire action and redemption for His Name and His renown.

Let us not waste time being angry over things that are not worth being angry over. For it would be far more detrimental than a simple time loss. It would destroy our faith, while eating away at the very fabric of our spiritual lives. But let us develop a holy discontent or a holy anger for anything that breaks the Lord’s heart, that we may be inspired and empowered to do something about it, just like Jesus did.

Let us bring healing where healing awaits. Let us bring hope where hope awaits. Let us bring love and kindness and food and shelter and rescue where it awaits. There will always be those standing in the way telling us not to. But we must not be afraid to be bold and courageous. We must do what is right, even when it’s most difficult to do so.

So as we get to know Jesus in Mark chapter 3, let’s observe the way that Jesus handles anger, both in Himself and with others. For even in the moments where he senses unholy anger from others, He never becomes indignant and outraged. He remains calm. I just love the sensibility of Jesus. If I were in His position, I would probably be so annoyed and shocked and reckless in my defense to prove that I’m right and they’re wrong. But Jesus doesn’t do that. He simply states what is logical and what is right. He doesn’t try to pick a fight. He is confident enough in Himself to not be affected by others’ hatred. Then He moves on to continue in His ministry.

May we learn from Jesus who remains calm and collected despite the chaos. For He embraces the qualities of both a mighty, roaring lion and a humble, lowly lamb. May we let Jesus teach us how to be bold in the face of opposition and tender-hearted all at the same time. May we discover the difference between a holy anger and an unholy anger, and always seek to let the former be our spring board for influencing Godly change in whatever way we can. Then God can use us to bring hope and healing to those in need.

Summary of Mark 3

Jesus enters the synagogue; a man with a paralyzed hand is in the synagogue; the Pharisees watch Jesus because they anticipate Him healing the man, which would break a Sabbath law; Jesus tells the man to stand; Jesus confronts the Pharisees’ contempt; Jesus tells the man to stretch out his hand and it is healed; the Pharisees are extremely angry and leave while plotting with the Herodians how to kill Jesus; Jesus and his disciples go to the sea and many people follow Him; Jesus tells His disciples to prepare a boat for Him since the crowd is getting larger; people possessed with demons fall down before Him confessing Him as the Son of God; Jesus tells them not to make His name known; Jesus goes up on a mountain and appoints the 12 disciples (Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Matthew, Thomas, James, Thaddaeus, Simon, and Judas Iscariot); Jesus goes home to Capernaum; crowds follow Jesus; Jesus’ family tries to restrain Him, saying He’s out of His mind; the scribes say that Jesus is possessed by Beelzebul, a demon; Jesus speaks to them in parables saying that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand and Satan cannot drive out Satan; Jesus says that people will be forgiven their sins if they are willing but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven; Jesus’ mother and brother come outside asking for Jesus; the others tell Jesus that they are asking for Him; Jesus declares that whoever does the will of the Father is His brother and sister.

Jesus in Mark 3

Jesus enters the synagogue again (v. 1)

Jesus doesn’t avoid the synagogue though He’s already been criticized by scribes and Pharisees (v. 1)

Jesus notices a sick man (v. 1)

Jesus notices those who are weak and need His healing (v. 1)

Jesus was being watched be the Pharisees (v. 2)

Jesus was a threat to the Pharisees (v. 2)

Jesus was plotted against by the Pharisees (v. 2)

Jesus intimidated the Pharisees (v. 2)

Jesus talks to the sick man (v. 3)

Jesus acknowledges the one whom the Pharisees had ignored (v. 3)

Jesus tells the man with a paralyzed hand to come to Him (v. 3)

Jesus addresses the Pharisees (v. 4)

Jesus knows the Pharisees’ hearts though they remain silent (v. 4-5)

Jesus asks them if it’s good to heal or kill, and to do good or bad on the Sabbath (v. 4)

Jesus will not be restrained by the man-made Sabbath rules of the Pharisees (v. 4)

Jesus cares about people more than man-made rules (v. 4)

Jesus quiets the Pharisees, as they have no response for Him (v. 4)

Jesus looks around at the Pharisees (v. 5)

Jesus was angry (v. 5)

Jesus was sorrowful (v. 5)

Jesus is angered and sorrowful by the hardness of hearts (v. 5)

Jesus tells the man to stretch out his withered hand (v. 5)

Jesus heals the man’s hand as he stretches it out (v. 5)

Jesus’ compassion inspires the man to stretch out his hand (v. 5)

Jesus’ plan will not be stopped by anybody (v. 5)

Jesus works miracles (v. 5)

Jesus is a healer (v. 5)

Jesus irritates the Pharisees by this healing and they leave immediately (v. 6)

Jesus is plotted against by the Pharisees and the Herodians (v. 6)

Jesus is hated by some (v. 6)

Jesus is polarizing (v. 6)

Jesus does not confront the Pharisees in their plotting (v. 6-7)

Jesus withdraws to the sea with His disciples (v. 7)

Jesus is followed by a large crowd (v. 7-8)

Jesus is sought out (v. 8)

Jesus attracts a multitude of people who want to see Him (v. 8)

Jesus told his disciples to prepare a small boat for him so the crowd would not crush Him (v. 9)

Jesus gives instructions (v. 9)

Jesus is in charge (v. 9)

Jesus heals many (v. 10)

Jesus’ followers close in on Him (v. 10)

Jesus attracts all the diseased who desire healing (v. 10)

Jesus is recognized as the Son of God by those possessed by demons (v. 11)

Jesus commands them to not make Him known (v. 12)

Jesus goes up the mountain (v. 13)

Jesus summons those He wants to come with Him (v. 13)

Jesus draws those who wants to come to Him (v. 13)

Jesus appoints and names His 12 apostles (v. 14 &16)

Jesus chooses to do ministry with a close group of men (v. 14)

Jesus advocates community (v. 14)

Jesus desires the apostles to be with Him (v. 14)

Jesus desires to send out the apostles to preach (v. 14)

Jesus desires the apostles to have authority to drive out demons (v. 15)

Jesus is a leader (v. 15)

Jesus is a disciple-maker (v. 15)

Jesus takes time to train up a group of men (v. 15)

Jesus names the apostles, and renames some (v. 16-19)

Jesus goes home to Capernaum (v. 20)

Jesus still attracts the crowd (v. 20)

Jesus’ crowd of followers is so many that they are not able to eat (v. 20)

Jesus’ family tries to restrain Him (v. 21)

Jesus’ family thinks that He’s crazy (v. 21)

Jesus is misunderstood by His family (v. 21)

Jesus knew family drama (v. 21)

Jesus is accused by the scribes to have a demon (v. 22)

Jesus is accused by the scribes to drive out demons by demons (v. 22)

Jesus confronts the scribes by means of parables (v. 23-27)

Jesus challenges the scribes’ illogical argument (v. 23-27)

Jesus declares that Satan cannot drive out Satan (v. 23)

Jesus declares that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand (v. 24)

Jesus declares that a house divided against itself cannot stand (v. 25)

Jesus declares that Satan would be finished if he rebelled against himself (v. 26)

Jesus says it is not rational to rob a strong man’s house (v. 27)

Jesus is logical (v. 23-26)

Jesus makes sense (v. 23-26)

Jesus forgives sins (v. 28)

Jesus forgives blasphemies (v. 28)

Jesus cannot forgive blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (v. 29)

Jesus does not tolerate blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (v. 29)

Jesus’ words are appropriate for His audience (v. 30)

Jesus’ mother and brothers come to the house, trying to call out to Jesus (v. 31)

Jesus’ mother and brothers send word to Jesus from outside (v. 31)

Jesus had brothers (v. 31)

Jesus had sisters (v. 32)

Jesus declares that all who do the will of God are His brother, sister and mother (v. 33)

Jesus teaches about spiritual kinship rather than physical kinship (v. 33)

Jesus considers those close to Him spiritually His real family (v. 33)

“After looking around at them with anger and sorrow at the hardness of their hearts, He told the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.”

–Mark 3:5–

Questions for Today:

  • What angers me?
  • Does what I’m angry about end up helping others or hurting others?
  • Would I say that I express holy anger or unholy anger? When and why?
  • Why is it significant to express holy anger?
  • What next step is Jesus asking me to take in my walk with Him today?

“Like Incense” by Hillsong Worship