February 15, 2018
After John the Baptist gets arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee…
Stop! I want to know more about that arrest!
Jesus goes home to the boonies – why not stay south?
Test your assumptions – and others!
This is like a restart, with Jesus’ own good news –
Not just coming, but come near
Not come to the river and repent –
Then come where and do what?
Jesus calls a couple of pairs of brothers from fishing…
What worlds collided there?
These key disciples are privileged as first calls –
I presume they also represent key elements in the early movement
Jesus teaches in a synagogue –
we know that he taught, but not what he taught
We do hear people recognized Jesus’ authority in words
Jesus exorcises a possessed man –
the evil spirits name Jesus and his threat to them –
The crowd repeats the recognition of Jesus’ authority in action
It’s an action movie – what worlds are colliding?
How would you cast the movie – gentle Jesus, meek and mild?
He is launched – and getting famous in Galilee –
A strong start, eh?
Disaster will follow – in the second half of Mark
Meanwhile, enjoy the ride!
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee,
proclaiming the good news of God, and saying,
‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near;
repent, and believe in the good news.’
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew
casting a net into the lake— for they were fishermen.
And Jesus said to them,
‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’
And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
As he went a little farther,
he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John,
who were in their boat mending the nets.
Immediately he called them;
And they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men,
and followed him.
They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came,
he entered the synagogue and taught.
They were astounded at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Just then there was in their synagogue
a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out,
‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’
But Jesus rebuked him, saying,
‘Be silent, and come out of him!’
And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions
and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.
They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another,
‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority!
He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’
At once his fame began to spread
throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.