In the decades before and after Jesus, there were dozens of messianic movements in Israel. The would-be "Messiahs" arise and gather followers, then the same thing would always happen: the leader would be killed, usually at the hands of the Romans by crucifixion. When the leader died, the movement would collapse and everyone would move on. Except for this one movement: The Jesus movement. The only true Messiah. Upon His death, the movement exploded. In 300 years, it had taken over the Roman Empire. And today, almost 2 billion people are celebrating Easter. What made following Jesus so different? Why didn’t His following collapse like all the others? This movement thrived because of what happened after the leader was killed. He came back from the dead - physically, literally, and appeared to his followers. That’s why the movement didn't die but thrived. That is why Christianity has spread all over the world. That is why Jesus changes everything.
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The whole world right now yearns to be healed. The world is not the way it was supposed to be. God’s original creation was very, very good. God created our world to be sin-free. God designed us to be holy, happy, and healthy. But sin entered the picture, and ever since then, sin has sickened all of God’s creation. This is why we all yearn to be healed. In the New Testament, there are two instances where Jesus calls himself the Great Physician. Today, watch Jesus heal two people. Learn how He heals, when He heals, who He heals and why.
The previous section left the disciples in fear and asking the question, “Who is this?” Jesus dealt with the storm on the water and now he would deal with the storm inside. The question is immediately met with another demonstration of power that leaves people in fear and asking questions.
As Corona Virus spreads, it's shaking the faith of many; tempting us to live in fear of headlines, predictions, and others. Anxiety is the new normal for most. People are hoarding, locking themselves in their homes, and looking to the news for guidance. We've been walking through the Gospel of Mark and today we land on Mark 4:35-41, the story of how Jesus calms the storm. This story reminds us that we live by faith, not fear. In the worst of times, Christians can and should be at their best. We are people of the Word; people of faith. We believe the world belongs to our sovereign Lord. His rule extends over everything - even microbes, and viruses. He has the whole world in His hands. It is our prayer that God uses this message to calm the storm in our hearts and minds. You matter to God. You matter to us. We want to hear from our church family. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tag us in your pictures, posts, and stories on Sunday from your living room using @orchardmemphis and #orchardmemphis. We cannot wait to see our family meeting all over our city! #youmatter