The Master’s Mission (Mk.1:29-45)

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. (Mk.1:35-39)

Jesus healed sicknesses, cast out demons as a part of His mission of setting people free from bondages.

His Focus

Jesus delivered people from physical bondages as a symbol of the spiritual freedom He came to initiate. He preached this as the Good News of the Kingdom of God. Redeeming people from the bondage of sin and satan for ever was His goal.

People were often looking for Him and were crowding around for temporary benefits like physical healing or food. But Jesus wouldn’t let them make a hero out of His compassionate deeds.

His Motivation

He had volunteered for the most difficult and humanly impossible task-the task of paying the price for the sins of mankind. As a human in form He felt hungry and tired, he was grieved and agonized. But the constant communion He maintained with the Father and the Holy Spirit, co-equal personalities in the Godhead, helped Him keep His motivation. He often spent time alone in prayer.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mk.1:35)

His Determination

Jesus did not desire cheap publicity or popularity that could deter Him from His goal. He was purpose-oriented as well as people-oriented in His approach. After healing the leper Jesus told him:

“See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” (Mk.1:44)

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