The Book of Mark [Lesson 15]

The Book of Mark [Lesson 15]

Good evening everyone.

Tonight, we continue our study together in the Book of Mark and chapter 4.

We looked at the parable of a sower weeks ago.

What we learned is we are to be a sower.

We are to keep sowing the seed, which is the word of God.

It is a biblical model when it comes to public evangelism.

We will never know which ground where the seed will land.

It is a blessing that sometimes we get to reap and win the souls for the Lord.

Some people may not get saved the first time they hear the gospel. 

We are not to give up but to keep praying for them.

We will begin with verses 30-31.

Mark 4:30  And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?

Mark 4:31  It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

Several weeks ago, we looked at the scripture to understand the term of the kingdom of God.

This is an invisible and spiritual kingdom [Luke 17:20-21 and Romans 14:17].

The Lord Jesus Christ asked the question to the disciples.

He asked them which thing is to be compared with the kingdom of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ answered the disciples by Himself.

The Lord Jesus Christ knows the answers to all spiritual matters.

If you have any spiritual concerns or troubles, it is best to go and talk to the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer.

The Lord Jesus Christ told the disciples that the kingdom of God is like a grain of mustard seed.

A mustard seed is tiny.

Let us continue with verse 32.

Mark 4:32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

When planted, a mustard seed can grow and become bigger.

The application is that the kingdom of God starts small, and then it will grow to a greater degree.

Mark 4:33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.

Mark 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

The Lord Jesus Christ often taught spiritual matters by using parables.

When He was alone with the disciples, He explained the meaning of those parables to them.

Learn to stay close to the Lord Jesus Christ if you would like to know more about the Bible.

Starting from verses 35-41, the scripture takes us to a sea trip with the Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples.

These passages contain spiritual application which can be used to preach on a salvation message.

First of all, this is a real story.

It is not a parable.

The scene we will read together from the Bible really happened.

Mark 4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

We see that the Lord Jesus Christ is the one who initiated this sea trip to travel to the other side.

Since the foundation of the world, it is the Lord Jesus Christ, who is promised to offer the salvation and forgiveness of sin to all men who would believe in Him.

Salvation belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ.

He is the one who initiates the plan to come and save us from the punishment of sin.

Let us read verse 36.

Mark 4:36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

The Lord Jesus Christ and the disciples entered the ship.

When you got saved, you received one of the great spiritual blessings.

It is worth more than a physical blessing.

Let me remind you of [Colossians 1:27].

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

This is one of the mysteries now revealed in the Bible.

When you get saved, you have the Lord Jesus Christ in you.

Honestly, I do not know how to explain this passage well enough.

But I would like you to believe it.

Also, let us look at [Ephesians 2:5-6].

Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

You are saved by grace.

Before salvation, you are dead spiritually.

At the moment of your salvation, you have a spiritual birth. 

It is a spiritual action. 

You cannot see it with human eyesight. 

Verse 6 is fascinating.

Please read the way it is written.

.… And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Spiritually, saved believers are now already up there in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ.

How can I be there in heaven and then down here still doing a midweek service?

Again, I do not know how best to explain it.

But I would like you to believe it.

If you are saved, never say that God seems to be far away from you when you have life troubles.

He is closer to you than you think.

Believe what the Bible says.

Let us continue with [Mark 4:37].

Mark 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

When this sea trip started, there was a great storm of wind.

The waves from the sea hit the ship.

The seawater entered the ship.

The ship was full of water.

I do not know how to swim.

I would probably have a seasick staying on that ship.

I would be shocked by the situation. 

Being saved does not exempt you from life troubles.

When you start walking closer to the Lord, there will be something coming to trouble you.

The flesh starts to fight heavily against you.

Other life situations will discourage you.

Mark 4:38  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

Despite a great storm of wind and the waves beating the ship, the Lord Jesus Christ was still there. 

The ship was full of water, but He did not leave this ship.

I have read this passage several times.

I do not know why the Lord Jesus Christ was asleep.

Probably, in His humanity, He was exhausted.

Working 8 hours in the office makes me tired every day.

I think the Lord Jesus Christ works more than 8 hours with His public ministry every day to preach, teach, heal, and cast out the devil. 

The disciples must be terrified of the situation.

They woke up the Lord to help them.

A time will come when your life faces troubles, and hope seems to be gone.

Remember, the biblical truth we read earlier.

If you are saved, the Lord Jesus Christ is always with you.

Talk to Him and ask for His help.

Let us read verse 39.

Mark 4:39  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

The Lord Jesus Christ woke up.

He stood up.

He said to the wind and the sea to be still.

The wind obeyed Him.

The waves stopped.

There was a great calm.

True peace is only with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bible also calls the Lord Jesus Christ as the Prince of Peace in [Isaiah 9:6].

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

When life situations seem to be overwhelmed, we tend to forget all the Bible classes we have learned about God and about who He is.

We need God to help us in an everyday situation. 

Mark 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

Fear and worry are a direct result of a lack of trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is a sin.

God never promises that the life of a Christian will always be smooth and free of troubles.

If our faith is not established on the Bible, we will be disappointed with God.

The Lord Jesus Christ also emphasizes this truth in [John 16:33].

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

… In the world ye shall have tribulation.

This is guaranteed. 

This world is still under the curse of sin.

It will not get any better.

Look at this COVID-19 situation, and you will know that the Lord Jesus Christ speaks the truth.

There will be the next wars, famines, pandemics, and so on.

But one day, the King of kings and Lord of lords will return to this earth the second time to make all the things right and back into order.

This is our only hope.

If we hope in any other thing else, they will just let us down.

Mark 4:41  And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

The act of calming the wind and the sea by the Lord Jesus Christ testifies that He was God.

Let me show you one of the Old Testament scripture passages in [Psalm 107:28-30].

Psalm 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

Psalm 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

Psalm 107:30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

People were crying to God in their trouble.

They asked Him for His help from the distresses.

That God calmed the storm.

That God made the waves to be still.

This Psalm refers to the action that the Lord Jesus Christ just did in [Mark 4:39].

That day God manifest in the flesh was in the ship with the disciples! 

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