At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him. Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” (Mark 1:32-38)
Keeping Up With Jesus
The ministry of Jesus lasted less than three years. Nothing is known of His life from age twelve to thirty. Working as a carpenter’s son along with His brothers and sisters the Lord would have had full days of hard work. Joseph and Mary were the common class of the poor making a living in Nazareth. The greatest wealth they ever had was the gifts from the wise men when Jesus was just a child. These funds were most likely used to pay for the time spent in Egypt. In most families hard work and long hours was the norm.
Looking at the life of Jesus during His ministry shows the grueling schedule the Lord kept. He did not have a Day-Planner to make appointments or a secretary to arrange His day. He had a work to do and He exerted tremendous energy to get as much done as possible before what He knew was coming – the cross.
Take our text for example. He spends all evening with everyone from town healing their sick and casting out demons. That would be exhausting at best. The whole city was at His door begging Him to heal them or take away infirmities. Everyone clamoring for their turn and Jesus taking time for each person to soothe, comfort and heal. How weary He must have been.
He did not sleep in the next day. In the morning He awakens very early and goes out to pray by Himself. What did He pray about? Did He talk about each person the evening before and their needs to the Father? Was the prayer about His work and how difficult the work was? Healing all those people could be a temptation for Jesus as Satan continued to barrage Him with his wiles. He did not sleep long that night as morning came early. But then His disciples came looking for Him.
Peter arose in the morning and noticed Jesus was not there. “Now where did He go,” Simon muttered. Everyone wanted to know where the healer had gone and a search was begun. Sometime later the Lord was found in His solitary place praying. My question to Peter (and the rest) is why would you want to disturb the Lord when He is alone and praying? But they did. Before breakfast could be served people wanted Jesus to serve them. Instead the Lord tells Peter we must go to the next town and preach. No rest. No respite. No quiet morning of prayer. Back to work and preaching and preaching and preaching. Jesus had a busy schedule. And that is why He came. To spend His life doing the will of the Father.
He was weary but he kept on. The crowds continued coming and He took time for each one. His day was filled with an exhausting list of things to do and all for the glory of His Father. Rest would not come until after the most horrific day in the life of any man. He would die on the cross. It was in that final moment He could look up at His Father and say, “It is finished.” The incredible busy life of Jesus had come to an end and when He bowed His head and died He found rest. Thank you Jesus for the life you gave in service to the Father and the salvation of my soul. Thank you for how hard You worked to give me rest.