March 9, 2014 by Chris French
Beautiful wouldn’t be how I would describe the Gospel of Mark. Concise is a better description of Mark’s gospel. He doesn’t mince words. It’s almost like he’s so excited to tell you about how Jesus lived and all the things He did that he doesn’t have time to give you anything other than the facts. Jesus was here, He said this then He did this. Mark’s style of writing makes it easier to pick up on some of the themes he presents. One of those themes is Jesus’ desire that, at least for the private miracles, no one talk about them.
In Mark 1.44 Jesus has healed a man with leprosy, but told him not to tell anyone about how he was healed. In Mark 5.43 He has raised a twelve year old girl from the dead and commands the parents not to tell anyone what He did. In Mark 7.36 Jesus commands a deaf mute He has healed not to tell anyone what He did for him. Put yourself in these three people’s shoes. After He has changed your life like this are you able to keep silent about it? No way! The man that had leprosy told so many people about Jesus’ power that Jesus couldn’t even walk into a town without being mobbed with people looking for help. He started going to deserted places and letting the people come to Him just for the space! The people who saw Him heal the deaf mute were also commanded not to tell anyone several times, but the more Jesus asked them not to talk about it the more they said about His power. It’s almost like they couldn’t stop themselves! They were so excited about Jesus they couldn’t stop talking about Him even though He asked them not to.
When was the last time you were that excited about Jesus? Why has it been so long? Is He not still changing lives? Has He not amazed you with His power and might? Are you not humbled by the grace and mercy you have seen from His hand? You’ve got a story to tell just like the deaf man or the man with leprosy if you’re a Christian. He has changed your life! The only difference is now He wants you to tell your story. In fact He has demanded it!
This week on the blog 5 people from our group will be telling the story of God’s grace and mercy in their lives. As you read their stories think about what He has done in your own life.