Waiting and Watching (Mark 3:1-35)
Part of the Experience The Impossible - Awakening True Faith series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Mark 3 (Listen)
3:1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2 And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.
13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”
22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.
28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
Experience The Impossible - Awakening True Faith
Waiting and Watching
Key question - Are you waiting and watching for Jesus to meet you at the point of your impossible need?
Key verse - Mark 3:35
Impossible - Battles are inevitable for those who pursue the impossible!
*He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there who hand was withered. Mark 3:1
*They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. Mark 32
*Whenever the unclean spirits saw Him, they would fall down before Him and shout, You are the Son of God. Mark 3:11
*And He went up on the mountain and summoned those whom He wanted, and they came to Him. Mark 3:13
*And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? Mark 323
*A crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You. Mark 332
Key insight - A battle rages to displace us when we are in pursuit of what directs us to the impossible!
I. Battles affirm our opportunity - Mark 3:1-12
A. A man waiting for a miracle
B. A man willing to follow instructions
C. A Man who conquered religion
II. Everyday people are wanted by God - Mark 3:13-19
A. Instructions were given for effectiveness
B. Inspiration was given for the impossible
III. Challenges are centered in His will - Mark 3:20-35
A. Religion never conquers righteousness
B. Family never takes precedent over His will
C. Power never gets negated by attacks
What are you waiting for?