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Mark 1:40-45
 
Our objective is to be like Jesus. 
This is why it is so important that we discover Him as He can be  found in the Gospels. 
In this series, we’ve learned that Jesus was on a mission.
Mark writes his Gospel like I pack a suitcase. 
Mark literally tries to fit everything he can about what Jesus did, into one book.
These are miracles. There is no explanation besides that God has come in the flesh.
In the first 11 chapters of the book of Mark, there are over 23 specific miracles that Jesus performed. And every single chapter of the first 11 has at least one miracle in it! 
Jesus is shown as the MIRACLE WORKER. And let’s not forget about his resurrection from the dead in Mark 16.
God’s constant activity in the “mundane” affairs of everyday life, though less dramatic, is just as much a part of His providence as is a special manifestation. 
3 reminders in our rediscovery journey.
  1. GOD LOVED ME EVEN BEFORE I LOVED HIM.
The story of Jesus healing the leper is told in Luke 5, Mark 1, and Matthew 8. Luke 5:12
12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
 
Mark 1:40
41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” 
Jesus sees us in our circumstances, and he is moved with compassion for us.
In Mark 2, Jesus continues to heal:
Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
In the first miracle, Jesus was moved with compassion because of the leper’s faith. Here, Jesus was moved by the faith of this paralyzed men’s friends.
  1. GOD IS WITH ME, EVEN WHEN I DON’T FEEL HIM.
  • God is omniscient (He is All-Knowing), omni-present (He is Everywhere), and  omnipotent (He is all Powerful). Psalm 139:7-12
  • Where can I go from your Spirit?     Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there;     if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn,     if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me,     your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me     and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;     the night will shine like the day,     for darkness is as light to you.
  • Manifest Presence of God: This is when God shows up in a mighty way.
  • We must pray for it. We must expect it. 
  • Matthew 24:35 says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
  • Hebrews 13:5 Never will He leave us; never will He forsake us. 
  1. GOD WANTS TO USE ME EVEN WHEN I FEEL I’M NOT READY.
  • Two indisputable truths no matter where you are on your journey:
  1. You are never too far to turn back to God.
  2. You can never get too close to Him.   
  • One of the best ways to share your faith is by sharing your testimony.
  • Revelation 12:11 They triumphed over him     by the blood of the Lamb     and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much     as to shrink from death.
  • When did you first come to know the Lord?
  • I anticipate the inevitable, supernatural intervention of God. I expect a miracle.
  • Mark 16:5-8
  • As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
  • “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
  • Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. 
  • Why does it end this way?
  • Because that’s where we write our story.