Mark Has Some Good News, Part 11, Practical ministry
A Great Crowd Follows Jesus
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.
Have you ever wondered why we go to church on Sunday at 10:00 in the morning? Or are you one of those weird people who go to church on Saturday night. Are you a home-churcher who meet during the week? Why do we basis our ministry on the time and location. Jesus says in John's gospel that true worship is done in spirit and in truth. Yet all around the world you'll see this wonderful thing call tradition dictating more and more in ministries than scripture.
I see Jesus rolling with the tides so to speak. He was about to be in the first godly mosh pit and didn't feel like getting crunched to get his job done that day. So practically instead of a pulpit in a church, He started teaching and healing from a fishing boat.
Now I want you to get that picture as best as possible. Imagine your pastor, running from an energetic mob, hopping on a bass boat and doing church from the deep-end. Because that's what happens. Jesus loses no momentum in his ministry of teaching and it seems the demon extraction angle is still in full swing but the only thing that changed is the location. The only thing missing is an over effect guitar and a worship leader singing find me in the river.
A lot of churches value carpet over convert. They value a potluck with sides of gluttony to go around, over powerful ministry with no bounds. Jesus here skips the question that his actions ask us afterwards, what part of tradition stops your ministry? He did not stay in the synagogue to teach as was the tradition. He took it to the water and jumped in for no other reason that it worked.
So look at the floor and your plate next time you're in a church luncheon, and ask your self is this helping or hurting the ministry.