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People from all over come to Jesus
MARK 3:7-19
Key Verse: 3:8
“When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon.”
In chapter 2 and the firs 6 verses of chapter 3, we see Jesus forgiving sins, healing people, casting out evil spirits and eating with public sinners. For the common people, the things that Jesus was doing inspired admiration and awe, but to the scribes and pharisees, Jesus actions were seen as a threat and even blasphemous. This all came to a climax when Jesus had a man with a shriveled hand stand up in front of the whole synagogue one Sabbath day. He looked straight at the scribes and pharisees that were questioning everything He was doing, and He asked them a very simple question, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” When they couldn’t even answer Jesus because they thought this would give Jesus credibility in the eyes of the people, Jesus told the man to stretch out His hand. This so enraged the Pharisees that they began to work together with their enemies the Herodians to find a way to kill Jesus.
PART I: GREAT CROWDS FOLLOW JESUS
Look at verses 7 and 8. “7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8 When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon.” Jesus knew that the time was not right for a confrontation with the Pharisees, so he withdrew from the synagogue the with His disciples and went down to the lake. Verse eight says that a large crowd from Galilee followed him. Jesus was in Capernaum, so we might expect a large crowd from that city to follow Him, but Mark clearly points out that this crowd was from all over Galilee? If you recall from chapter 1, Jesus had already left Capernaum and had gone throughout the region teaching and healing many people. His teaching and healing ministry attracted many followers. In fact, so many people were following Jesus at one point that he could no longer go into the cities but had to remain out in the wilderness areas and the people still came out to Him. When He returned to Capernaum, apparently many of these people followed Him there. Not only were many people following Jesus, but word about what He was doing was spreading rapidly through all of Israel. Verse eight tells us that people from as far away as Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, the region across the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon came to Him. That is people from every part of the traditional Jewish lands conquered by the Judges and kings David and Solomon were coming to Jesus. The hatred that the Pharisees, Scribes and Herodians had for Jesus was not affecting the common Jewish people. They heard about what Jesus was saying and doing and they ran to see Him. It was clear to these ordinary people that Jesus was at the very least a great prophet and I’m sure many of them were wondering if He might be God’s promised Messiah. They were not concerned what the intellectual, political, or even the religious leaders thought about Jesus, they wanted to find out about Him for themselves.
The attitude of the common people of Jesus’ time really moved my heart and got me thinking about the attitude of Christians in every age including our own. A true Christian cannot be concerned with what other people think about Jesus even if they are the intellectual, political or even the religious leaders. A true Christian must be willing to put aside the wisdom of the age and give up everything in order to find Jesus and discover whether He is who He claims to be. Verse 8 tells us that many of these people came to Jesus because they heard about what He was doing. What He was doing was teaching the people about the Kingdom of God, healing the sick and casting out demons. It is very important that we not put too much emphasis on the last two things, but focus on the first thing that Jesus was doing. Jesus primary mission at this time was to teach the people about the Kingdom of God and how to be citizens of that Kingdom. The miraculous healings and the casting out of demons were simply signs to testify to Jesus’ authority to teach about the kingdom of God. We must be careful not just to be miracle seekers or we will end up like many of the followers of Jesus from John chapter 6, who quit following Jesus when His teaching became more difficult than the miracles were amazing. Miracles are a wonderful testament to the goodness and power of God, but only knowledge of God through Jesus has the power to save us.
9 Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. 11 Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”12 But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.
PART II: JESUS APPOINTS THE TWELVE
Jesus had a great ministry among the people of Israel, but He knew that He would not be on earth forever. Jesus needed a group of core followers who could carry on His teaching ministry after He returned to Heaven. For this He needed to intensively train a small group of people. Look at verse 13. “13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.” In Luke’s gospel we see that Jesus went up on that mountain and prayed all night long before choosing these 12. Luke’s account shows us how important prayer is before making any decision let alone a decision as important as this. These were the men that Jesus was going to rely on to continue His work – that is world salvation work. Even though Jesus was completely filled with the Holy Spirit, He spent an entire night in communication with His Father before announcing His decision. How much more do we need prayer before making important life decisions.
Mark tells us that Jesus “appointed twelve that they might be with him and that He might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.” The first thing that Jesus wanted to do with these twelve is spend personal time with them, so that He could give them personal teaching and training and that they could really get to know Jesus. By spending this personal time with Jesus they could give eyewitness testimony as to how Jesus lived and in turn, they could learn from this how they (and we) should live as well. The most important thing each of us need as Christians is personal time with Jesus. We need to learn from Him, not only about the Kingdom of God, but how to live in this world as we make our journey there.
As Mark introduces the twelve, he makes a special note about four of these twelve men. He notes that Jesus renamed Simon, giving him the name Peter, which means rock. He also gave a special name to James and John, calling them the “sons of thunder.” The final person Mark makes note of is Judas Iscariot, who he says betrayed Jesus. I think these special notes indicate something about Jesus night long prayer. All of the twelve were just ordinary men. From a human point of view, they were nobody special, but Jesus saw their hearts and He chose them. It is very important to note that Jesus chose them to be his disciples, they did not choose to be Jesus’ disciples.  A question might arise in our minds as to why Jesus would choose Judas Iscariot. After all God could have arranged for Jesus arrest and crucifixion without it being caused by one of Jesus closest companions. I’m making this choice was not easy at all for Jesus. In fact, I could imagine Him praying just as He did before His crucifixion, “Not my will, but yours be done.” As I studied this passage, I read several opinions of why Jesus chose Judas even though He knew Judas would betray Him. I think the simplest explanation is that Jesus chose Judas so that scripture might be fulfilled that said “Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.” In God everything has a purpose and it always bring glory to Him and Jesus.
Today we learn that God calls ordinary people to follow Him and learn from Jesus. I firmly believe that God has called each one of us, in our ordinariness. He has called us to learn from Jesus and carry on His world salvation work in this generation.

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171 FOLLOW JESUS 1
170 People from all over come to Jesus 15
169 JESUS IS LORD OF THE SABBATH 11
168 THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NEAR 107
167 THE BEGINNING OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD 104
166 ZECHARIAH’S SONG 54
165 JESUS IS THE WAY 96
164 The gift of God 85
163 The Word Became Flesh 97
162 The Power of Prayer 970
161 Repentance That Leads to Life 192
160 Jesus Is Lord of All 167
159 Living as a child of God 173
158 The Church Multiplies 282
157 God’s Chosen Instrument 202
156 He Has Redeemed His People 269
155 Preach the Word Wherever You Go 502
154 The Spread of the Word of God 326
153 The God of Jeshurun 426
152 God’s Words Are Our Life 295
151 The Things Revealed Belong to Us and Our Children Forever 411
150 Walk in Obedience to God 290
149 The Righteous Will Live by Faith 331
148 The People of the Lord 306
147 You Are God’s Chosen People 314
146 Deal Honestly with Others 314
145 Remember What the Lord Has Done for You 371
144 The Lord Wants to Bless His People 336
143 Love Your Neighbor as Yourself 309
142 Therefore, Go and Make Disciples 333
141 The Lord Fights for You 325
140 Love the Lord Your God and Walk in His Ways 351
139 The Lord is Your Inheritance 313
138 The Word Became Flesh 353
137 Follow Justice 393
136 Your Joy Will Be Complete 391
135 God Will Richly Bless You 418
134 A People Holy to the Lord 526
133 Hold Fast to the Lord 413
132 Be Careful to Obey the Lord Your God 445
131 Love the Lord Your God 557
130 A Savior Has Been Born 481
129 What God Requires of You 636
128 God Goes Before You to Keep His Promise 465
127 The Righteous Will Live By His Faith 506
126 The Lord’s Prayer 574
125 Do Not Forget the Lord 661
124 A People Holy to the Lord Your God 1091
123 Walk in Obedience 612
122 Keep His Decrees and Commands 543
121 The Lord Your God Will Fight for You! 575
120 Follow the Lord Wholeheartedly 401
119 The Grace of Jesus Be with You 478
118 Mutual Edification 534
117 Living a Victorious Christian Life 427
116 Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind 496
115 God’s Remnant 462
114 God’s Message to the World 465
113 JESUS FEEDS THE FIVE THOUSAND 372
112 God’s Sovereignty 470
111 More Than Conquerors 427
110 Free to Live by the Spirit 556
109 Now We Belong to Jesus 432
108 Dead to Sin, Alive to God 397
107 God Demonstrates His Love 554
106 Finish the Race 466
105 Feed My Sheep 397
104 Saving Faith: The Faith of Abraham 384
103 Seek First His Kingdom 387
102 God Justifies Sinners by His Grace 430
101 God’s Righteous Judgment [1] 387
100 God’s Creation Reveals God’s Invisible Qualities 516
99 A Righteousness From God 427
98 The Lord Restores Job 522
97 God Is Mighty But Despises No One 413
96 Let Us Learn Together What Is Good 519
95 Fix Your Eyes on Jesus 354
94 Jesus: God's Gift 425
93 The Word Became Flesh 413
92 God Grants Life and Steadfast Love 672
91 What is Mankind That God Notices Us? 618
90 Blessed is the One Whom God Corrects 528
89 The Great Deception 546
88 The Risen Jesus’ Command and Promise 507
87 Jesus’ Death Opened the Way to God 512
86 Jesus' Prayer and Victory, Peter’s Pride and Failure 568
85 The Blood of the Covenant 482
84 When the Son of Man Comes 549
83 The Son of Man is Coming 621
82 Jesus’ Shepherd Heart for the Religious Leaders 530
81 BE TRANSFORMED 612
80 What Do You Think About the Messiah? 573
79 The Banquet 535
78 Produce Fruit for God 522
77 The Son of Man Came to Serve and Give His Life 632
76 Workers in the Vineyard 536
75 Forgive Your Brother from Your Heart 795
74 "Who is the Greatest?" 566
73 Nothing will be Impossible for You 846
72 As the Father Sent Me, I am Sending You 563
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