Jesus's invitation to discipleship is to let him rule our lives as our Lord and Teacher. He promises that if we do, he will save us. Further, the lessons he teaches, the way he guides us to live in righteousness brings rest to our souls rather than weariness.
Jesus' enemies accuse him of being the embodiment of Satan, because Jesus so easily casts out Satan's demons. Jesus quickly show them and everyone gathered how obvious it is that those enemies ignore the glaring Truth: Jesus is the embodiment of the one and only God.
The knowledge of the true God communicated by Jesus's teachings and actions sets free everyone held in Satan's chains of deception. Above all, Jesus' self-offering on the cross tells the Truth about God's love and God's justice. All who listen and believe are free forever, no matter what earthly governments are doing.
In this very short episode, Mark shows us what it means to "repent and believe the good news" that the Kingdom of God has come with Jesus Christ. When Jesus heals Peter's mother-in-law of a deadly fever, we learn that he has come to free us from the fear of death. In response, like this woman he healed, our part is to live within the will and the ways of God Jesus teaches his followers. In this way, we live in freedom and in the hope of being raised from the dead someday to live forever with Jesus in heaven.
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Sunday morning sermon from James 1:22-25.
James calls us to be "doers" of God's Word, just as Jesus calls us to "continue in My word" (John 8:31-32). If we keep the "perfect law of liberty," to "love your neighbor as yourself," we will be truly free in Jesus.