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Solitude for empowerment
Bible Passage Mark 1: 35- 45
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & books Leviticus, Luke, Mark.

Solitude for empowerment

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 16, 2024

SCRIPTURE 📖
35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went to a deserted place and prayed there.

36 Simon and his companions searched frantically for him.

37 When they found him, they told him, “Everyone’s looking for you.”

38 “Let’s go to the neighboring town,” he replied, “so I can preach there, too, because that’s why I came.”

39 So he went throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

40 Then a leper came to Jesus and began pleading with him. He fell on his knees and told him, “If you want to, you can make me clean.”

41 Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand, touched him, and told him, “I do want to. Be made clean!”

42 Instantly the leprosy left him, and he was clean.

43 Then Jesus sternly warned him and encouraged him to go at once.

44 He told the man, “Be sure that you don’t tell anyone. Instead, go and show yourself to the priest, and then offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded as proof to the authorities.”

45 But when the man left, he began to proclaim it freely. He spread the news so widely that Jesus could no longer enter a town openly, but had to stay out in deserted places. Still, people kept coming to him from everywhere.

BACKGROUND
Further examples of the ministry of Jesus show the presence and power of the kingdom of God in healing those afflicted by Satan

On one occasion when Jesus was staying in Capernaum, he went outside the town to find a quiet place to pray to His Father. Peter thought he was losing valuable opportunities, as the town was full of people looking for him. Jesus replied that no matter how many needy people were in Capernaum, could not stay there all the time. He had to work and preach in other towns as well.

People with leprosy and other skin diseases were considered unclean and a danger to public health. They were outcasts from society (Lev 13:45-46).
So the man with leprosy suffered in two ways. He had to suffer from his disease. He also suffered from his lonely situation outside society. This man approached Jesus. He believed that Jesus had the power to cure him

If they were healed they had to offer sacrifices to symbolize their cleansing and express their thanks (Lev 14:1-20). On the first recorded occasion when Jesus healed a leper, He did what anyone else would normally avoid doing; He touched the man. When He did that, Jesus showed His love. Jews would not normally want to touch anyone who had such a skin disease. They believed that such an action would make them unholy.

He then told the man to present himself to the priest (whose duty was to examine him and confirm that he had been healed; Lev 14:3) and to offer the sacrifices required by the law.
Jesus was obeying the law when He sent the man to the priest. The priest would examine him and decide whether he was healthy again. After the man had carried out the proper ceremonies, he would be able to mix with other people again (Leviticus 14:1-32).

Jesus also told the man, clearly and firmly, not to broadcast what had happened, as He did not want to attract people who were curious to see a miracle-worker but had no sense of spiritual need (Mark 1:40-44).

The man disobeyed and as a result Jesus’ work was hindered. So many people came to see Him that He was unable to teach in the towns as He wished. He continued to help the needy, but the pressures upon Him caused Him all the more to seek His Father’s will through prayer (Mark 1:45; Luke 5:16 ).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 No matter how busy we may be, we need to make time to pray to God

🔷 Our prayers must be in the will of God. We must ask God to do only what pleases Him, and not our will

🔷 Jesus has power and authority over every ailment and evil spirit

🔷 The foremost job of the believer is to preach and showcase God but not to promote oneself ahead of the gospel

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Ask for the enablement for a dedicated prayer life
💥 Request God’s anointing to work for Him

CONCLUSION📙
Jesus’ power is infinite and unlimited. He is our model to whom we must look and rely. His compassion and dedicated prayer life must influence and direct our walk in life.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections