Mark 1:36-39 ESV – 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.
Jesus was a man on a mission. This passage of scripture shows how steadfast He was for His purpose. Jesus didn’t come to minister to just 1 town or village. He came for the whole nation of Israel. He had a definite purpose, and He wouldn’t be deterred.
If you’ll remember from last week, Jesus was all alone early in the morning. He was praying and seeking the Father. Simon and the disciples find Him and interrupt Him. There are people who are looking for Him. They want His time and His power, but not necessarily His purpose. People want Jesus to help them, but they don’t care about impacting others around them or the rest of the world.
Why would Jesus leave? Why wouldn’t He meet these people’s needs? This is part of the mystery of Jesus’ divinity. Although God, He willingly limited Himself. Part of His limitation is the spacial-temporal presence of the man Jesus. He couldn’t be in 2 towns at the same time. Since His purpose, His mission, was “…to go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also…” He had to leave one place to go to another.
The cries of people who “needed” Him didn’t move Him off mission. He went to spread the Good News to all of Israel, and He stayed on His mission. What is your mission? Are you Steadfast?