In Mark 1, we read how Jesus was starting to get famous:
“News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.” (:28)
The jews liked the way He taught:
“The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.” (:22)
And they’d just seen Jesus command a demon to leave a man. It was violent and scary and probably totally awesome:
“Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out,
‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!’
‘Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!’
The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching-and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.’ ” (:23-:27)
And, not only that, but he could heal sick people:
“Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.” (:30-:31)
So everybody in town started bringing their sick moms and dads, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters to Jesus. He was really cookin’, Jesus was, and by nightfall he was completely surrounded by needy people who wanted His attention, the whole town, in fact:
“That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons … ” (:32-:34)
How was Jesus able to keep pouring himself out for these needy people?
“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.” (:35)
He stayed plugged in to the Power Source, His Father. It’s kinda complicated because Jesus was God in the flesh and all, but all I know is —
if Jesus needed to do it, How much more do I…
I heard this on my local christian radio station this morning:
“Jesus knew that to minister to others He had to stay connected with His Father. Are you connecting with the Lord?” ~~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Seeking Him.
Oh, Father, You are and You reward those who earnestly seek You. (Hebrew 11:6) I’m seeking you now, earnestly, and asking that you give me the desire to stay connected to You.
You said in John 15, “Apart from Me, You can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
And You said in Isaiah 45: “…there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.” (:5b)
You are the only God. Whom have I in heaven but Thee? (Psalm 73:25) Oh, may there be none upon the earth that I desire beside Thee, like the rest of that verse says. You know I desire many, many, many other things beside You, Father, on a general basis. (If you’ve been neglecting Your Bible and prayer, now’s the time to confess it.)
I want to be plugged into Your heart. I want to stay connected to You. Help me! Help me! Help me! In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
Do you know the Lord? Click on the pic above to get connected. 🙂