Today we return to our series in Mark and see something amazing. As we have been studying this gospel, we have already been seeing plenty of amazing things. We’ve seen Jesus perform a number of miracles, which he does more of today in our passage. In verses 7-12 Jesus heals more people and casts out more demons. And yet what I think is even more amazing is what follows in verses 13-20. In those verses Jesus appoints twelve men to be in his inner circle, to be discipled by Christ, with the ultimate goal of evangelism – to use these men in bringing the good news of the kingdom to the world. Jesus hand picks twelve men, a diverse group full of unlikely candidates, eleven of whom will ultimately become his apostles. And it will be through these apostles that Jesus builds his church, and brings his gospel to the ends of the earth.
Passage: Mark 3:7-20
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 03/30/2008 in Novato, CA.
Other Scripture Readings: Isaiah 55:1-7; Genesis 12:1-4; Revelation 7