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How Can Jesus Help Me?     Mk 1:14-31     Dec. 06-09


The lesson title asked a question that needs to be reversed. How can Jesus not help me? Multitudes of

people will give testimony as to how the Lord Jesus has changed their life giving them purpose and meaning. He convinces us concerning the reality of eternal life as well as an improved life here of earth. Why not ask several people in your class to give a testimony this Sunday that will answer the question for others, How Can Jesus Help Me?


1.   Jesus Can Help Me If I . . Respect His Preaching. 1:14-20

       A.    Preaching That . . Calls Sinners To Repent and Believe. 1:14-15

              14 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news of God: 15 "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!"


       B.    Preaching That . . Communicates The Need To Follow Him. 1:16-18

            16 As He was passing along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, Simon's brother. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen.
17 "Follow Me," Jesus told them, "and I will make you fish for people!" 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.


       C.    Preaching That . . Changes Our Lifestyle. 1:19-20

            19 Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in their boat mending their nets. 20 Immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him.

       It interests me how some people like some preaching but not the preaching of others. The ingredients by which we judge preaching vary in many ways. How did Jesus sound? I think His voice was a powerful voice that commanded attention. He certainly held a large audience without microphones. I suspect the call for repentance called people to Jesus but also turned many off. He definitely called sinners to repentance. Does it seem some congregations today gather Sunday by Sunday who do not mention repentance or transformation of life. Jesus did call people to repentance, communicated the need to follow Him, and receive a changed lifestyle.


2.   Jesus Can Help Me If I . . Revere His Personhood. 1:21-26

       A.   Revere The . . Excellence Of His Personhood. 1:21-22

            21 Then they went into Capernaum, and right away He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach. 22 They were astonished at His teaching because, unlike the scribes, He was teaching them as one having authority.


       B.   Revere The . . Exorcism Of His Personhood. 1:23-26

            23 Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, 24 "What do You have to do with us, Jesus — Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are — the Holy One of God!" 25 But Jesus rebuked him and said, "Be quiet, and come out of him!" 26 And the unclean spirit

convulsed him, shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him.

       I believe I would be awestruck with a reverence at the sight of Jesus and listening to Him teach like no other person I ever heard. In the text they were sort of awestruck by His teaching. The reverence of His personhood displayed His excellence. Our text tells us they were astonished at His teaching. When a person embodies all of the thoughts He teaches and speaks with clear well reasoned words almost everybody would have similar reverence. Then when you top off the teaching with the practical applications where demon possessed people receive an exorcism of release and redemption; what more could you want in a teacher?

Jesus possessed unusual teaching ability and extraordinary power.


3.   Jesus Can Help Me If I . . Request His Powerful Presence. 1:27-31

       A.   Request His Powerful Presence . . Esteeming His Accomplishments. 1:27-28

            27 Then they were all amazed, so they began to argue with one another, saying, "What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him." 28 His fame then spread throughout the entire vicinity of Galilee.


       B.   Request His Powerful Presence . . Extending His Accomplishments. 1:29-31

                29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went into Simon and Andrew's house with James and John. 30 Simon's mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever,
and they told Him about her at once. 31 So He went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them.

       Some people, rather than turn their life over to the Lord, seek to handle the situation on their own. Some men ridiculously act as if asking for help is a sign of weakness. I wonder how many men went to hell because they thought they could handle the situation all by themselves. The men who acknowledged what Jesus did and how He did it went away blessed. In our text the men esteemed the actions of the Lord and His fame spread throughout the region. Then when they went to Simon Peter’s home they found his mother-in-law sick. Why not see what Jesus can do for her? Why not have Simon’s mother-in-law ask the question, How Can Jesus Help Me, and let every one learn at the same time? Amen? Amen!