People, Pressure, Purpose (Mark 3:7-19)
Jesus lived a real struggle balancing the manifold legitimate needs of suffering people with the immediate and long term purpose of His mission- to usher in the Kingdom of God by the gospel.
We learn much from Jesus’ actions:
I. The needs of hurting people are real and widespread
A. Physical needs
B. Spiritual needs
II. Balancing the meeting of peoples’ physical needs and keeping focused on the wider spiritual gospel mission is a constant struggle in this life.
III. Multiplying disciples, by God’s grace, is the most effective way to address the manifold needs of hurting people.
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7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.
13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. (ESV)