by Rex Yancey

Doing Business For Or With Jesus
Rex Yancey
Mark 3:13-15

Those of you my age and above remember choosing up sides at recess. The two oldest and best players would do the hand over hand thing with a bat to see who got to go first. He picked the best player available, and each subsequent pick took the next best player on down the line. The worst part of the experiences was to be the last pick because you were the only one left.
The highest privilege went to the two choosers. The next highest privilege belonged to the first choice of the first chooser. I can remember climbing the ladder of success, working my way through the ranks of a playground hierarchy.
I heard about a man once who had a dog with no legs. The man carried the dog around with him all the time. One day a stranger said to him, "Hey mister, what's your dog's name?" He replied, "He doesn't have a name. If I called him he couldn't come!"
Our text indicates that Jesus choose a team. We might not have initially picked this team. However, since we know the rest of the story, his team in spite of their failures turned out to be winners.
I want us to look at three things in this text this morning.
V. 13 says "He went up on the mountain…" Jesus usually had a reason for doing what he did. He did things deliberately and intently.
-Mark could have said that Jesus summoned the twelve and that would have been sufficient. But he didn't. He said they were summoned on a mountain.
Why did he do that?
1. He called them to retreat.
Jesus often prayed on a mountain. Matthew 14:23 "He went up on the mountain by himself to pray…" Mark 6:46 "He left for the mountain to pray…" Luke 9:28 "He went up on the mountain to pray."
The mountain was not the only place he prayed. However, it was a good place.
-Do you have a good place to pray? We all need a place of solitude where we can have uninterrupted prayer in the Father's presence.
-When Jesus got ready to put together his t ...

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