It’s All About Relationships
Jesus was surrounded by crowds at every turn in his story. The crowds gathered from as far as 120 miles to the south and 50 miles to the north. They continually pressed against Him. People wanted to see Jesus, touch Jesus, be healed Jesus, rebuke Jesus, and even some wanted Him dead.
Today we look at the “house party” in Mark 3, and learn that being close in proximity does not mean being close in relationship. Check out what we learn about hearing the voice of God while being amongst a sea of people.
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It’s All About Relationships
The Crowds, had gathered from as far as 120 miles to the south and 50 miles to the north, had continually pressed against Jesus, and Jesus had just gone up a mountain, and unlike Moses he didn’t come down with 10 commandments but 12 apostles.
House Party in Mark 3
- The Crowd – Onlookers
- The Face of the Future – Apostles
- God’s Chaperone’s – Pharisees
- Family -Mother and Brothers
Our closest relationships will either build us or bury us.
Jim Rohn – “Show me your 5 closest relationships, and I will show you my future.”
20 One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat. 21 When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said.
22 But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Satan, the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.”23 Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked. 24 “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse.
25 Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 26 And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive. 27 Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.
28 “I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, 29 but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” 30 He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”
31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them. 32 There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.” 33 Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 34 Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. 35 Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
2 Voices: God’s voice and His echo; Satan’s voice and His echo.
- Jesus’ Family: Well-meaning, protective, but ultimately there thought is he is crazy.
- Chaperone’s: Vengeful, hateful, and call him Satan.
Close in Proximity ≠ Close in Relationship
How do you know if something is the voice of life or death?
“Whoever does God’s will”
Who gets a voice in your life?
Our lives are the echo of the voices we listen to.