SermonVid Mark 2:23-36

Sermon video from Mark 2:23-3:6, in which Jesus continues to present Himself as God and shows His authority over the law and the sabbath. There is much for us to learn from His debates with the pharisees about the sabbath and the law.

The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath

Seeking the Kingdom

A new Walk of Faith Devotional from Dave Bunnell

For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
–Matthew 24:27

When He returns to the earth, Christ will not be coming softly and tenderly with His glory veiled. He will be coming back (with us who were resurrected and raptured 7 years earlier to meet Him in the air) to fix everything and establish His perfect kingdom, under His power and authority. His authority will go unchallenged and will prove perfect for everything in life on this earth for a period of 1,000 years.

That’s what we’re praying for when we ask God for what He told us to ask Him for. When we pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth, as it is in heaven. It will be a glorious day followed by a glorious millennium. And Christians today need to be reminded to long for it from the heart, to seek it by faith, and to obediently pray for it.

If these things are not our focus, then our spiritual vision is out of focus. My left eye had 6 points of retinal detachment. A laser surgery put things back together, but since it was so bad, and since the detachments happened about 3 weeks before I could get the surgery to fix them, a silicone gel is now in my eyeball to hold things in place. (To be removed in another surgery in a couple weeks.) My eye sees, but nothing is in focus. I cannot discern one thing from another in the room, and blurriness abounds in what I see through the gel.

If what you’re looking for in life as a Christian is something less than His return for us, followed by His judging the world for a time and then returning with us to reign on His well-deserved throne, then your spiritual vision is as blurry as my physical vision, and it’s time for the “gel” that hinders your sight to be flushed out.

Spend some of your devotional time with God, thinking on, reading in the word about, and asking for His kingdom to come. Remember, that prayer isn’t metaphorical—we are asking for a literal reign of Christ on the earth, and anyone who tells you otherwise is teaching falsely. This is a world that like never before should be making us long for the next. Readjust your spiritual focus, and then you will see clearly to be ready to “occupy until He comes,” so that He finds you faithfully serving Him and proclaiming His good news to the nations day after day.