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07 February 2015

Sermon: Ephphany 5B (Gospel)

7 February AD 2015

Title: Service on the Sabbath (MP3 Audio)

Mark 1:3` Summary: Jesus didn’t wait for the Sabbath to end to resume His “work.” He brought true Sabbath rest to Simon’s mother-in-law by taking her illness from her.

In response, she didn’t wait to thank Him in the way she best knew. Instead, she got out of bed and resumed her vocation, serving Jesus and the others in the way she knew best.

Jesus’ vocation as Savior led Him to continue healing, feeding, and casting out demons. He didn’t specialize merely in “saving souls” but ministered to all human needs. What He began during His life on earth will be completed in the Resurrection.

Text: And immediately [Jesus] left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her.

And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”

And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. Mark 1:29-39

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Service on the Sabbath.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 147:1-11; Isaiah 40:21-31; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27

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