Isn’t it awesome. I mean, it is amazing. We get to serve the greatest power that has ever been. As we go through the book of Mark, we are going to take a look at what Jesus did. That old saying “What would Jesus do”. Well the book of Mark tell us.
Like John, Mark skips over Jesus’ birth and earlier years. He did this because he wasn’t writing to Jews but to the Romans. It explains why Mark doesn’t focus as much on the prophecies about Jesus and the teaching of Jesus. Mark focuses on what Jesus did during His three years of ministry.
Just in the first 14 versus of chapter 1, Mark writes about the foretelling of Jesus by John the Baptist, the baptism of Jesus, the Battle with Satan, and the beginning of the road that leads to His death. We see Jesus as a leader v.16-20, a great teacher v. 21-22, a compassionate healer and savior v. 29-34. During this whole time we notice one very important trait about Jesus that shows us “what would Jesus do”. Jesus would be humble.
When we look at the vast array of superheroes in pop culture they all have flows. They have something that makes them weak and like us. Some would say that makes them relatable. Maybe so, but I wouldn’t want to follow them. I want to follow someone that can conquer the things that I can’t. That can overcome the weaknesses that I have. We have that in Christ. See Jesus could have started off His ministry with trumpets blasting and banners waving. He didn’t though. We see that when He heals the leaper that He tells him to keep this quiet and not tell anyone. Jesus was ever humble in His dealings with us. He could have easily been arrogant and proud. I mean if anyone had the right to be it would be Him, God. But no Jesus was compassionate to the people He was dealing with. Not just their physical needs but more importantly their eternal, spiritual needs.
When we serve sometimes it’s hard to not want recognition. We want people to know about the good we are doing. Are we serving though cause we want people to see us doing good? Or are we serving to follow in the footsteps of our Savior. There has been a growing cry out even amongst the Church against religion. Religion is not bad, we are bad. Religion pure and undefiled is serving with humility and compassion.