Come. See. Follow.
Day 1: Read Mark 1: 1-13. Cory walked through these verses in the preceding weeks of this series. We learned about the writer of Mark, his audience, and his perspective for writing. We’ve also examined the development of John the Baptist, and his role in proclaiming the coming of the Messiah. We revisited the baptism of Jesus – as the Spirit descended, God’s voice said, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:11. In Mark, Jesus’ public teaching is beginning to unfold. When you think about the first 13 verses of this chapter, what touches you? John the Baptists’ selfless view of Jesus? The voice of God declaring Jesus His son? Have you felt the love of God, your heavenly father, has for you?
Day 2: This week Pastor Jack taught on Mark 1:14-20. Jesus proclaims, “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news.” (verse 15) Jesus also calls to his first disciples— Simon, Andrew, James and John, “Come, follow Me,” (verse 17). The call to follow in Mark 1 is a call for these men to leave their old lives behind and become His full-time disciples, a perfect picture of repentance. However, before He asked for this kind of commitment (the same commitment He asks of us), He first called them to get to know Him. One reason many don’t follow Jesus wholeheartedly is because they haven’t seen Jesus for who He is. Read John 1:39. How can we get to know Jesus? What are some of the ways that have helped deepen your relationship with Jesus? How can we “Come and see?”
Day 3: One way we can get to know Jesus is to spend time with Him. Wouldn’t it have been glorious to sit at the feet of Jesus in the flesh? I can’t imagine being in the presence of His human form as the disciples did. However, we can spend time with Him. What does spending time with God do in us and for us? Ask Him to reveal himself to you. It’s one thing to know truths about God and it’s another thing to “see His glory” (Exodus 33:18). Study His revelation of Himself in His word. What do this week’s verses reveal about who and how Jesus is?
Day 4: What is God calling us to do? He calls us to a relationship and to discipleship. Jesus calls us to follow— first and foremost in friendship. But this is not a casual friendship without any expectation or commitment. Couples have a choice after their marriage ceremony, continue to grow and deepen their relationship or stop connecting. In a similar respect, we are saved, but where does our relationship with Christ go from there? Are we living our lives with Him? Do we live for Him yet not with Him? Do we talk about Him more than to Him? How can we get to a place where we treasure Christ so much that we’re truly following?
Day 5: : The second call is to discipleship. What is discipleship? its being His student or apprentice – not just knowing who He is or what He says, but becoming like Him and doing what He does. It’s following Christ - not only with companionship but with obedience and surrender. Matthew 16:24, Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’ To follow Jesus as our King is to choose His will over our own. This choice to follow Him, live like Him, and yield to His ways is a choice we make every day, hour by hour. Looking at your own life, where have you surrendered and truly become a disciple of Christ? Where do you see a potential next step – perhaps where you push your own will, and not His?
Day 6: What is our response to His call?
Will you “Come and see”? Not just once but always? (Psalm 27:4)
Will you “Come and follow”? It’s a decision you make daily.
Will you leave it all to follow Him? What does it mean for you to leave all and follow Him? Jesus says we should count the cost.