A Christ Kind of Ministry | Mark 1:36–38

36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

We get a lot of funny ideas about the point of ministry.  Sometimes we think more people is better than fewer, and we think the point is to draw crowds with spectacle.  Because of that, we also tend to deemphasize classical elements of church services, such as preaching.  Jesus challenges our misconceptions with His singular purpose for ministry.

Christ did not come to gather a crowd.  Remember that this is still the morning after His long day of working miracles.  His disciples words should be no surprise to us—“Everyone is looking for you” (v. 37).  He was the buzz, and Peter and the others are understandably excited, and, perhaps, a bit surprised that Jesus fails to capitalize on it.  However, crowds are fickle, for unscrupulous fellows sway them to evil (for instance, at the trial of Christ, Mt 27:20).  We often see Jesus turning away from crowds to keep preaching (like here) or turning them away from Him with His preaching, which brings us to the next point.

Christ came to preach the repentance and belief in the gospel.  We noted back in Mark 1:15 this very fact.  He says in verse 38 that His purpose is to preach.  We see Him in v. 39 preaching throughout Galilee over the intervening weeks.  In Luke 19:10, we read, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Seen in this light, the miracles are secondary to the message of the Good Shepherd, only confirming the need of the sheep to listen to His gospel call. 

Do you attend a church that seems to be more about crowds than Christ’s ministry?  Are you a minister who drifted from the purpose of the Great Shepherd?  Remember that Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Mt 16:18), not our churches or ministries.  Repent of the tomfoolery and return to the message of the gospel, the message worthy of the Son of God’s time and focus.

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