Sunday, February 22, 2015


Sunday, February 22, 2015, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 38

(This is a series of sermonettes on The Gospel According To Mark.  We will not be to the crucifixion and resurrection in the book of Mark by April 5, 2015 so we will not be doing the resurrection story when it is being celebrated this year.)

Scripture for Today:  Mark 6:1-13 English Standard Version (ESV)
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

6 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.
2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.”
5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.
6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.
And he went about among the villages teaching.
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
7 And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.
8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts—
9 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.
10 And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there.
11 And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”
12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.
13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.

Sermon for Today:

We ended our last study in Chapter 3 and today we are starting in Chapter 6.  What took place in between was Jesus telling parables and performing miracles.  I am not saying these are unimportant, but you are probably very familiar with them.    

In today’s Scripture Lesson people are amazed at the His works and wisdom.  That is everyplace other than His hometown.  Jesus sent His twelve out and told them if people did not want to listen to go on down the road.  Good advice.  The most useless arguments are ones over religious beliefs.  No one has ever been brought to the healing arms of Christ by arguing with them.

In the 13th verse it says they “anointed with oil many who were sick.”  I remember a few weeks before my father died in 1989 he had to force the minister and other Elders in his church to come and anoint him with oil.  His church ( the church I grew up in) did not anoint sick people.  Since I am going into surgery in the morning for the second time in three months, I wish I belonged to a church that believed in anointing with oil and praying for the sick.

Keep on speaking about Jesus to other folks.  The world needs His healing touch.   

Prayer for Today:

Father, May the Gospel story come alive in us so much so that we feel your Holy Spirit in the very pit of our inner beings and that the world might see You through us.  For we know You sent Him for all peoples and He gave His all that all of us might have life forevermore if only we find Him, the one and only Way.  It is in His name we pray. Amen.

© Ed Cooper, February 22, 2015, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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