The Gospel of Mark

Mark 3:7-12 A Great Multitude Follows Jesus

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon. Jesus followed His first miracle with another when He miraculously healed Simon’s mother in law who was gravely ill, then as word spread about these healings, the entire population of the city gathered outside the house door where Jesus answered the call to heal the sick.

Then, Jesus embarked on a missionary journey through the region which eventually lead him back to Capernaum where He furthered His ministry through preaching and healing the sick. But, when He healed a man on the Sabbath, the Pharisees and Herodians began plotting to kill Him.

“7 But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was doing, came to Him.” (Mark 3:7-8)

Because He knew of the plot that was in motion, Jesus left the city and returned to the place where He first started His ministry so He could continue to spread the gospel and heal the sick.

By this time, Jesus’ following had grown beyond measure as people came from every direction, from Jerusalem, Idumea and Perea in the south, and Tyre and Sidon in the north along the Mediterranean coast.

“9 So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him.” (Mark 3:9)

As the crowd around Jesus was getting out of control, He asked His disciples to get a small boat ready so He could withdraw to the water if need be.

“10 For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him. 11 And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.” (Mark 3:10-12)

Even though Jesus called on those He healed to refrain from spreading the news about the miracles He performed, the witnesses did not obey His command since few were able to contain their excitement as each one listened and watched in awe.

Even those who were possessed were amazed at Jesus, calling Him the Son of God. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

The Gospel of Mark

Mark 3:1-6 Healing on the Sabbath

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon. Jesus followed His first miracle with another when He miraculously healed Simon’s mother in law who was gravely ill, then as word spread about these healings, the entire population of the city gathered outside the house door where Jesus answered the call to heal the sick.

Then, Jesus embarked on a missionary journey through the region which eventually lead him back to Capernaum where He furthered His ministry through preaching and healing the sick.

“1 And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.” (Mark 3:1-2)

The Sabbath was a day of rest which God created for both Himself as well as for man, and in the days of Jesus, various Mosaic laws surrounded the seventh day of the week. One of those laws forbade anyone to work less they should sin against God. However, another law superceded the “no toiling on the Sabbath” law which permitted travelers who did not have food to eat to take from the fields enough grain, in this case corn to satisfy their hunger.

The Pharisees paid great attention to Jesus whom they considered their enemy. And on this day of rest, their laws did not allow anyone to work which included healing the sick.

“3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” 4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.” (Mark 3:3-4)

Next, Jesus confronted the Pharisees about their laws regarding the Sabbath, questioning them about God’s intent for the Sabbath which focused on rest independently of one’s intentions, making this special day of the week a day like all others when the will to do good should overcome the desire to sin and do evil.

“5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.” (Mark 3:5-6)

Because it was His mission to heal the sick and guide the lost, Jesus healed the man’s hand even though the Mosaic Law forbade Him to do so, which prompted an opposition by the Pharisees and the Herodians, a secular group named after Herod Antipas that strongly supported the Roman Empire.

Together, the Pharisees and Herodians began plotting against Jesus and those who followed Him, with the ultimate goal to kill Him and extinguish the powerful spiritual flame that was quickly overtaking Judea. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

The Gospel of Mark

Mark 2:23-28 Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon. Jesus followed His first miracle with another when He miraculously healed Simon’s mother in law who was gravely ill, then as word spread about these healings, the entire population of the city gathered outside the house door where Jesus answered the call to heal the sick.

The next morning, Jesus rose before sunrise and departed to a solitary place to pray and prepare for the day which He used to preach the gospel and heal more people in need as He embarked on a missionary journey through the region which eventually lead him back to Capernaum where He furthered His ministry through preaching and healing the sick.

“23 Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” (Mark 2:23-24)

The Sabbath was a day of rest which God created for both Himself as well as for man, and in the days of Jesus, various Mosaic laws surrounded the seventh day of the week. One of those laws forbade anyone to work less they should sin against God. However, another law superceded the “no toiling on the Sabbath” law which permitted travelers who did not have food to eat to take from the fields enough grain, in this case corn to satisfy their hunger.

Here, the Pharisees regarded the disciples’ actions as work, when in fact, they were merely picking the corn to eat it, which was indeed permitted by the same law Mosaic law they were claiming to enforce.

“25 But He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: 26 how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?” (Mark 2:25-26)

Next, Jesus challenged the Pharisees on their knowledge of scripture citing the instance when David and his companions were allowed by the priest Ahimelech, to eat the sacrificial showbread found in the Tabernacle. David’s situation was extraordinary as he and his men were being hunted by King Saul, a man possessed by an evil spirit who drove him to kill David and those with him.

“27 And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27-28)

Lastly, Jesus reminded the Pharisees of God’s intention for the Sabbath, that it should be a day of rest for those who labor for 6 days, then rest their bodies and shift their focus on God for one day. It had become displeasing to God that the law imposed a countless number of rules upon man for the Sabbath, and Jesus declared Himself as Lord of the day of rest, Lord of all. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

The Gospel of Mark

Mark 2:18-22 Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon. Jesus followed His first miracle with another when He miraculously healed Simon’s mother in law who was gravely ill, then as word spread about these healings, the entire population of the city gathered outside the house door where Jesus answered the call to heal the sick.

The next morning, Jesus rose before sunrise and departed to a solitary place to pray and prepare for the day which He used to preach the gospel and heal more people in need as He embarked on a missionary journey through the region which eventually lead him to Levi, the tax collector who became one of His apostles.

“18 The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.” (Mark 2:18-19)

Pharisees fasted twice each week, on the second and fifth day of every week, hoping to turn away God’s wrath and thus protect the Jews from major divine afflictions. As a sacrifice involving personal will, others fasted privately to humble their souls before God in repentance of their sin.

When they noticed His disciples did not fast, the Pharisees questioned Jesus as to the reason why they did not partake in the Jewish ritual. Jesus shared an analogy that presented a situation that dictated rejoicing instead of fasting as the bridegroom, Himself was with his friends thereby eliminating the need for mourning and sorrow associated with fasts.

“20 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” (Mark 2:20)

Here, Jesus shared a prophecy about the forthcoming day when He would be taken from His disciples, those days when He was captured and crucified. During that time period, Jesus’ disciples were expected to mourn, fast and pray.

“21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” (Mark 2:21-22)

To reinforce His point to the Pharisees, Jesus continued His exhortation with two more parables, the first one described mending an old garment with an appropriate patch, making certain not to mix old and new cloth so to avoid tearing or ruining the garment.

The second analogy involved wineskins, containers made of animal skin typically used to age and carry wine. Since old wineskins lost their flexibility over time, they were not suited for new wine which would expand as it fermented. In these parables, Jesus explained the division between Judaism and Christianity, the old and the new, and revealed the time had come for the new covenant which was based on faith rather than works, on grace instead of rituals such as fasting. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

The Gospel of Mark

Mark 2:13-17 Matthew the Tax Collector

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon. Jesus followed His first miracle with another when He miraculously healed Simon’s mother in law who was gravely ill, then as word spread about these healings, the entire population of the city gathered outside the house door where Jesus answered the call to heal the sick.

The next morning, Jesus rose before sunrise and departed to a solitary place to pray and prepare for the day which He used to preach the gospel and heal more people in need as He embarked on a missionary journey through the region.

“13 Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them.” (Mark 2:13)

Because His teaching was perceived as more powerful than the scribes, whenever Jesus taught He drew an audience described as a multitude as the number of those present could not be accurately counted.

“14 As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.” (Mark 2:14)

Tax collectors were Jews who were disliked by the people as their endeavor was one driven by greed and the love of money. In those days, tax collectors would buy a tax franchise from the Roman government and they would get to keep any tax money raised over the amount required by Rome. Here we see that Matthew’s birth name was Levi, and according to Mark, he did not hesitate to follow Jesus when He was commanded to do so.

“15 Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” (Mark 2:15-16)

Like most Jews, scribes and Pharisees did not associate with gentiles, those whom they called “sinners” who were people known to reject Mosaic law. Tax collectors were considered among these sinners, and as such, Jesus who was a Jew was expected to do the same. But, once again, He crossed over the line drew by Moses as He reached out to those in need, rather than dwell with those whose eternal fate was already secure.

“17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Mark 2:17)

To make His point to the scribes and Pharisees, once again Jesus used an analogy that illustrated perfectly the mission He was entrusted with, to heal the sick, bring sinners to repentance and through faith in Him, lead seekers to the Kingdom of Heaven. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

The Gospel of Mark

Mark 2:1-12 Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon. Jesus followed His first miracle with another when He miraculously healed Simon’s mother in law who was gravely ill, then as word spread about these healings, the entire population of the city gathered outside the house door where Jesus answered the call to heal the sick.

The next morning, Jesus rose before sunrise and departed to a solitary place to pray and prepare for the day which He used to preach the gospel and heal more people in need as He embarked on a missionary journey through the region.

“1 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.” (Mark 2:1)

After a few days on the road, Jesus returned to Simon’s house located on the outskirts of Capernaum, a small fishing village on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus left the dwelling a few days earlier when His popularity drew a mob to the house.

“2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.” (Mark 2:2)

when they heard He had returned to town, countless people once again gathered at Simon’s house where Jesus preached the gospel in a way that was different than the teaching found in synagogues. His type of preaching was more authoritative than the Scribes’ teaching, as Jesus used illustrations and parables his audience could relate to, unlike traditional teaching from Jewish leaders.

“3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. 4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” (Mark 2:3-5)

Because of the large number of people in Simon’s house, no one else could enter the dwelling. This is the reason why four men endeavored to lower a man from the root of the house so the paralytic could be healed by Jesus. And, when He recognized their faith in His power, Jesus started out by forgiving the man’s sins, which caused a stir among the scribes who heard Him.

“6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:6-7)

When they heard Jesus speak with divine authority, the scribes present felt He had transgressed God and allowed their hearts to judge Jesus, and label Him a sinner.

“8 But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk?” (Mark 2:8-9)

However, since He knew their hearts and felt their judgment, Jesus spoke out to them, and questioned each one about their reasoning. Jesus continued His rebuke of the scribes by comparing two phrases that ultimately reach the same end, as the paralytic man was in greater need of forgiveness, a form of spiritual healing than physical healing. Jesus knew the man’s soul was in greater need of His attention, and as such, He poured out His grace and mercy upon the man who was healed both spiritually and physically.

“10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, 11 “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” (Mark 2:10-12)

Jesus completed His healing of the paralytic man by commanding him to stand up, take his bed and return to his home. When the man did this, all those who witnessed the miracle were amazed, and each one brought glory to God. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

The Gospel of Mark

Mark 1:40-45 Jesus Cleanses a Leper

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon. Jesus followed His first miracle with another when He miraculously healed Simon’s mother in law who was gravely ill, then as word spread about these healings, the entire population of the city gathered outside the house door where Jesus answered the call to heal the sick.

The next morning, Jesus rose before sunrise and departed to a solitary place to pray and prepare for the day which He used to preach the gospel and heal more people in need as He embarked on a missionary journey through the region.

“40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” 41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” (Mark 1:40-41)

Because leprosy was an incurable disease, lepers, who were considered “unclean” were outcast from communities and segregated based on the fact they were contagious. Even rabbis would not come near them for fear of becoming “defiled,” but Jesus answered His calling by not only healing the leper, but by showing the man compassion that could only flow from the One who created him.

“42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. 43 And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” (Mark 1:42-44)

Here, Mark describes how the leper was healed by Jesus, then the man, who was seemingly a Jew was warned to be silent about the healing as he went on his way and abided by the Law which called on he who was healed to provide an offering of two living birds, cedar wood, scarlet wool, hyssop, two male lambs, one female lamb, three tenth deals of flour mingled with oil and one log of oil. The cleaned leper would also be expected to partake in a week long ceremony in order to be declared clean, and healed by the priest so the individual could return to society.

“45 However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.” (Mark 1:445)

As the miraculous healing was of such impact to him, the man disobeyed Jesus and instead of keeping his healing private, he shared his story with everyone which resulted in a mob like response that forced Jesus to further His ministry outside city limits where He could both heal and preach with minimal interruptions. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

The Gospel of Mark

Mark 1:35-39 Preaching in Galilee

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon. Jesus followed His first miracle with another when He miraculously healed Simon’s mother in law who was gravely ill, then as word spread about these healings, the entire population of the city gathered outside the house door where Jesus answered the call to heal the sick.

“35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

Now, Mark points out that Jesus’ fulfillment of His mission started before the sun was up as the Savior engaged in prayer and meditation for enlightenment as He furthered His ministry according to the will of God.

“36 And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. 37 When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” (Mark 1:36-37)

Next, Mark tells us how it was Simon who lead the envoy to find Jesus, pointing out that apostle as taking on an early position of leadership within the church. And, when they found Him, they reminded Jesus of those who sought to be healed by His divine hands.

“38 But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” (Mark 1:38)

After He heard this, Jesus informed the group of followers of His intention to further His ministry by advancing the gospel to neighboring towns, thereby fulfilling prophecy which announced a Savior of souls, not merely a healer.

“39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.” (Mark 1:39)

And so it was, that Jesus walked throughout Galilee, preaching the gospel, healing the sick and casting out demons a divinely appointed movement continued to gain momentum across the region. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

The Gospel of Mark

Mark 1:32-34 Many Healed After Sabbath Sunset

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon. Jesus followed His first miracle with another when He miraculously healed Simon’s mother in law who was gravely ill.

Next, Mark tells us about miraculous healings at Capernaum…

“32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.” (Mark 1:32-34)

Next, when the Sabbath had concluded and Jesus’ fame spread throughout Capernaum, the entire population of the city gathered outside the house door where Jesus answered the call to heal the sick, those who were beyond physicians’ abilities.

At that time, Jesus also exorcised and silenced demons who knew full well it was God Himself who acted through the hands of the Messiah. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

The Gospel of Mark

Mark 1:29-31 Peter’s Mother-in-Law Healed

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon.

Next, Mark tells us about another miraculous healing at Capernaum…

“29 Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.” (Mark 1:29)

Once their visit to the synagogue had concluded, Jesus and His apostles made their way to the edge of the village where Simon and Andrew dwelled. Both brother shared a house, along with Simon’s wife and her mother.

“30 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. 31 So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.” (Mark 1:30-31)

After they entered the house, Jesus was informed that Simon’s mother in law laid ill in bed with a fever. Immediately, He went to her and healed her in a way that was so miraculous, she stood up and was able to prepare and serve a meal to her son in law and his guests. This healing is at the root of Simon’s deep love for, and his dedication to Jesus.

After they witnessed another miraculous healing performed by Jesus, Andrew, James and John also surrendered their lives to One they were convinced was the promised Messiah. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com