Mark 4 Lesson

Keeping The Faith!

As our faith in Jesus grows through the study of His Word (Romans 10:17), it is only natural for us to want to share the good news of Jesus with those we love or encounter. Of course, we are hopeful that they will receive the message with the same enthusiasm that we have. Sadly, that is not always the case.

As word of Jesus spread, large multitudes of people came to hear him preach and teach. In Mark 4, Jesus shares four outcomes that can occur when we attempt to share the Gospel with others.

FOUR POSSIBLE OUTCOMES IN SHARING THE GOSPEL

  1. “Some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.” – Mark 4:4.
  2. “Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.” – Mark 4:5-6.
  3. “Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.” – Mark 4:7.
  4. Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” – Mark 4:8. 

Those that heard His message did not understand the parables that Jesus spoke, so He explained it to them. Jesus said:

  • “The sower sows the word.  These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them.  In a similar way, these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.  And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.  And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” – Mark 4:14-20.

In this parable, three-quarters of the people (75%) end up rejecting Christ! This should not surprise us. Jesus told us this would be the case.

  • And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.  Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin standing outside and knocking on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ and He then will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ Then you will begin saying, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets!’ And yet He will say, ‘I do not know where you are from; leave Me, all you evildoers.’ In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Luke 13:23-28.

Rejection is part of life for a Christian. The Bible is written to encourage us to keep the faith, even when others reject Christ. Jesus Himself was rejected repeatedly. Consider the following four scriptures:

THE REJECTION OF CHRIST

  1. “He was despised and abandoned by men, a man of great pain and familiar with sickness; And like one from whom people hide their faces, He was despised, and we had no regard for Him.” - Isaiah 53:3.
  2. “He came to His own, and His own people did not accept Him.” - John 1:11.
  3. “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” - John 15:18.
  4. “A stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.” - Psalm 118.22.

The important thing is for us not to give up. Some of our efforts will be successful, and every saved soul is precious in the sight of God!

CONCLUSION

As Christians, we must persevere, and fight through rejection! If we do, God will be well pleased with our efforts. The important thing is for us to persevere, and not give up!

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following three verses:

  1. “Let us not become discouraged in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not become weary.” - Galatians 6:9.
  2. “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” - James 1:12.
  3. “Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” - Hebrews 12:1.

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When God's plan for us is revealed, should we act immediately?

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Mustang

I think Jesus put in the parable about the planted seeds so that we don't become discouraged when we try to spread the gospel and it doesn't happen, at least not right away. We can see that sometimes it takes time (mustard seed) and many times people reject the message. But sometimes it does stick, and we have to keep trying.

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