What Jesus Did! 'Ministry to All' — Mark 6:12-13

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The followers left there and went to other places. They talked to the people and told them to change their hearts and lives. The followers forced many demons out of people. And the followers put olive oil on sick people and healed them.
— Mark 6:12-13
Illustration of Mark 6:12-13 —  And the followers put olive oil on sick people and healed them.

Key Thought

The disciples told the message to "all" people they met. They didn't try to pre-decide who would welcome the message and who wouldn't. They spread their ministry net over a wide area, expanding Jesus' ministry. They did many good things in the name of Jesus. We MUST learn from them. The old hymn says, "The blessed Gospel is for all, the Gospel is for all." It must be. It is not for a select few—our friends, those we deem most likely to respond, or those with whom we feel most comfortable sharing the message. We must tell all to turn their lives to God and find the blessings of knowing Jesus.

Today's Prayer

Father, please forgive any latent prejudice that lingers in my heart without my awareness. I never want my preconceptions to keep me from sharing your good news with people. Use my efforts to expand your Kingdom and reach more people with your saving grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus left there and went back to his home town. His followers went with him. On the Sabbath day Jesus taught in the synagogue. Many people heard him teach and were amazed. These people said, "Where did this man get this teaching? How did he get this wisdom? Who gave it to him? And where did he get the power to do miracles ? {Surely, not from God!} He is only the carpenter. And his mother is Mary. He is the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters are here with us." The people did not accept Jesus. Jesus said to the people, "Other people give honor to a prophet. But in his own town with his own people and in his own home, a prophet does not get honor." Jesus was not able to do many miracles in that town. The only miracles he did were to heal some sick people by putting his hands on them. Jesus was very surprised because those people did not have faith. Then Jesus went to other villages in that area and taught. Jesus called the twelve followers together. Jesus sent them out in groups of two. Jesus gave them power over evil spirits. This is what Jesus told his followers: "Take nothing for your trip. Take only a stick for walking. Take no bread, no bag, and no money in your pockets. Wear shoes, and take only the clothes you are wearing. When you enter a house, stay in that house until you leave that town. If any town refuses to accept you or refuses to listen to you, then leave that town. Shake their dust off your feet. This will be a warning to them." The followers left there and went to other places. They talked to the people and told them to change their hearts and lives. The followers forced many demons out of people. And the followers put olive oil on sick people and healed them.

Mark 6:1-13

Related Scripture Readings

So Jesus came to them and said, "All authority (power) in heaven and on earth is given to me. So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach those people to obey everything that I have told you. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of the world."

Matthew 28:18-20

To the Jews I became like a Jew. I did this to help save the Jews. I myself am not ruled by the law. But to people that are ruled by the law I became like a person who is ruled by the law. I did this to help save those people that are ruled by the law. To those that are without the law I became like a person that is without the law. I did this to help save those people that are without the law. (But really, I am not without God's law—I am ruled by the law of Christ.) To the people that are weak, I became weak so that I could help save them. I have become all things to all people. I did this so that I could save people in any way possible. I do all these things because of the Good News. I do these things so that I can share in {the blessings of} the Good News.

1 Corinthians 9:20-23

So we continue to tell people about Christ. We use all wisdom to counsel every person and teach every person. We are trying to bring all people before God as people who have grown to be spiritually mature (perfect) in Christ. To do this, I work and struggle using the great strength that Christ gives me. That strength is working in my life.

Colossians 1:28-29

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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