Sunday, November 20, 2011

Words in Red (4)

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!"
Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Mark 1:35-39

Jesus begins a busy day with prayer.  He was intentional about his prayer time.  Early, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left, and went to a solitary place to pray.  Jesus’ prayer time got Him in tune with the Father and prepared him for His calling that day.  If Jesus exemplified the primacy of prayer in His life, even the most busy, significant person today should take time to be alone with God.

Jesus’ “words in red” reflect His calling as Messiah.  At this early point of His ministry Jesus is preaching and healing.  The cross reference for these words in red is found in Isaiah 61:1, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”  Matthew Henry said it best, “Wherever Christ comes, He comes to do good.”