In it, a group of theologians come together to discuss the life of Christ, but are approaching his life and teachings from the basis of history. That said, they are using the historical record to prove/disprove who Jesus was just as a historian would prove or disprove the claims about any person of history. (One would hope, anyway.)
One of the researchers made this comment, and it truly took my breath away.
"Just like the first disciples, I am being discipled by Jesus every day."
Wow! Let that soak in for a minute.
I had to rewind it and listen again a few times.
Then the questions began in my heart....
"Do I realize this?"
"Do I see my relationship with Jesus as being that of a student being taught at His feet every day?"
"If I want to learn from my Master, as the first disciples did (enough so that they gave up everything in their lives to follow Him, literally) am I spending the kind of time with Him that they did?"
"How can I hope that my life will impact my generation, and generations to come if I'm not daily reading the words, studying the words, reasoning through the words and applying the words of my Master?"
So my question for you, my friend, is .... do you see Jesus as being your discipler?
If so, are you cheating yourself of His one on one time?
Last night, I took my cell phone and set an alarm for myself and titled it, "Jesus time."
Mmmmm. Realizing that my time with Jesus is one of His greatest gifts to me, keeps me from viewing it from a basis of guilt if I don't get it. Instead, I will be rooted in a longing
for more and more of it.
So much so, that I got lost in my time in the Word today. I studied and read and prayed and asked questions of the Lord and made notes in my Bible, and just loved every single minute of it.
We had to leave our home today at 9:10 to be on time for horseback riding lessons, and I was SHOCKED when I walked into the kitchen after my Jesus time, to find that it was 9:03 and the kids were not even up yet!
See...it works! :)
This is one of the passages that I studied. I'll log in soon and tell you what I learned from it, but in the meantime why don't you read it and comment on what jumps out to you?
(You can check out the Day of Discover ministry or the dvd by clicking on their related links above.)
Oh, yes. Janan is the winner of the 40 Minute study from last post. And Laura, I was fair on the drawing, I promise.
Thanks for stopping by!
Love to you today,
Mark Chapter 1
|Mar 1:1||The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.|
|Mar 1:2||As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER[fn1] AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY;|
|Mar 1:3||THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.'"|
|Mar 1:4||John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness [fn2] preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.|
|Mar 1:5||And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.|
|Mar 1:6||John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and [fn3] his diet was locusts and wild honey.|
|Mar 1:7||And he was [fn4] preaching, and saying, "After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals.|
|Mar 1:8||"I baptized you [fn5] with water; but He will baptize you [fn6] with the Holy Spirit."|
|Mar 1:9||In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.|
|Mar 1:10||Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens [fn7]opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him;|
|Mar 1:11||and a voice came out of the heavens: "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased."|
|Mar 1:12||Immediately the Spirit |
|Mar 1:13||And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.|
|Mar 1:14||Now after John had been [fn8] taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, [fn9] preaching the gospel of God,|
|Mar 1:15||and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God [fn10] is at hand; repent and [fn11] believe in the gospel."|
|Mar 1:16||As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.|
|Mar 1:17||And Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men."|
|Mar 1:18||Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.|
|Mar 1:19||Going on a little farther, He saw [fn12] James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.|
|Mar 1:20||Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away [fn13] to follow Him.|
|Mar 1:21||They |
|Mar 1:22||They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them asone having authority, and not as the scribes.|
|Mar 1:23||Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,|
|Mar 1:24||saying, "What [fn14] business do we have with each other, Jesus [fn15]of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!"|
|Mar 1:25||And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!"|
|Mar 1:26||Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him.|
|Mar 1:27||They were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him."|
|Mar 1:28||Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee.|
|Mar 1:29||And immediately after they came out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with [fn16] James and John.|
|Mar 1:30||Now Simon's mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they |
|Mar 1:31||And He came to her and raised her up, taking her by the hand, and the fever left her, and she [fn18] waited on them.|
|Mar 1:32||When evening came, after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all who were ill and those who were demon-possessed.|
|Mar 1:33||And the whole city had gathered at the door.|
|Mar 1:34||And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.|
|Mar 1:35||In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.|
|Mar 1:36||Simon and his companions searched for Him;|
|Mar 1:37||they found Him, and |
|Mar 1:38||He |
|Mar 1:39||And He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, [fn20]preaching and casting out the demons.|
|Mar 1:40||And a leper |
|Mar 1:41||Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and |
|Mar 1:42||Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.|
|Mar 1:43||And He sternly warned him and immediately sent him away,|
|Mar 1:44||and He |
|Mar 1:45||But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news around, to such an extent that [fn21] Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but [fn22] stayed out in unpopulated areas; and they were coming to Him from everywhere.|