THE LAMP – JESUS’ PARABLES: Mark 4:21-25

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SCRIPTURE

Mark 4:21-25 21 21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” 

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

BIG IDEA

In verse 24-25 of Mark 4, Jesus is reminded us that His’ kingdom is vastly different from the kingdoms of the world. The world’s kingdoms essentially say, “the rich are in and the poor are out; the strong are in and the weak are out; the good are in and the bad are out.” However, Jesus’ kingdom says, “the humble are in and the proud are out.” It’s those who “pay attention to what [they] hear” and believe in the gospel who the “more will be added to.” In short, the kingdoms of this world are all about what you can do, whereas the kingdom of Jesus is all about what He does for us.

In verses 21-23, Jesus makes sure His disciples understand that though He’s set aside His glory by becoming a man—though He’s set aside His crown and people are rejecting Him—the crownless again shall be king. He is the Lamp that will be exalted for all to see, not hidden under a basket or bed. He was lifted up on the cross for our sins, from the dead for our salvation, back to heaven as our Advocate, and will finally be lifted up as the Lamp, shining in the new earth. “There we will see His face and never ever sin; there from the rivers of His grace drink endless pleasures in” (Isaac Watts).

DISCUSSION

1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Mark 4:21–25 that stood out to you? challenged you? or confused you? 

The world’s kingdoms essentially say, “the rich are in and the poor are out; the strong are in and the weak are out; the good are in and the bad are out.” However, Jesus’ kingdom says, “the humble are in and the proud are out.”

2. What exactly does this mean, and how do we see this in Jesus’ teaching when he says “pay attention to what you hear…”?

In short, the kingdoms of this world are all about what you can do, whereas the kingdom of Jesus is all about what He does for us.

3. In what other ways does Jesus’ kingdom differ from the ways of the world? How has your life changed since you started living as a citizen of Jesus’ kingdom? 

4. What is Jesus getting at in verse 21-23? Can you think of a way to paraphrase it or put it a different way? 

He is the Lamp that will be exalted for all to see, not hidden under a basket or bed. He was lifted up on the cross for our sins, from the dead for our salvation, back to heaven as our Advocate, and will finally be lifted up as the Lamp, shining in the new earth.

5. Which of these ways that Jesus is lifted up excites you and why? 

6. Make sure and pray for one another individually. 

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