I just have to say, sorry it took me so long to get back to writing these up here for sharing. I was doing a few other Bible study books and took a short break. But now, back to Mark:
“But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was doing, came to Him. So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him. For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, ‘You are the Son of God.’ But He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.”
Jesus is for Everyone.
If anyone says that Christianity is racist, they have not read the Bible. Jesus never stopped anyone from coming to Him – now, there are a lot of people who don’t want to come to Him on His terms, and so they label the God of the Bible racist and intolerant. But Jesus makes it clear that He is willing to heal (Matt 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest) and that His message of salvation is for all (Matt 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.)
They came to Him from everywhere in the area. Look at that list – Galilee, Judea, Jerusalem, and beyond. What other scriptural proof do we have that the message of Life in Christ is meant for all? Well, here is just a sampling:
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Mark 16:15-16 “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
I just have to say something about these two verses – God offers salvation to everyone. But not everyone receives the gift; and rejecting this has consequences of being ‘outside,’ not discriminated against. Why? Because the gift is offered to all.
1 Timothy 4:10 “For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.”
John 10:9 “[Jesus said] I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10:11-12 For the Scriptures says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.”