Archive for June 16th, 2017

Mark 5

Mark 5 has Jesus doing miracles of healing and setting people free from their tormented lives.  It begins when He arrives across the sea and is greeted by a guy who was possessed by evil.  He had lived this way for years and was widely known as uncontrollable.  The evil “Legion” within him immediately recognizes Jesus and begs that they not be sent away but allowed to enter some pigs feeding on the hillside.  “And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the pigs, and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and were drowned in the sea”.  Jesus sets this man free from a life of torment.

But the people from around the area came rushing to see what had happened as news traveled fast, even in those days.  “And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs”.  There were plenty of eye witness reports of how Jesus had cast out the demons and set this guy free and rather than being a ranting and out of control lunatic, he was now sitting quietly and calmly in their midst.  But the people weren’t focused on that, but rather the one thing that causes us to often miss the important – fear. “And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region”.  Jesus had just done an amazing miracle and the response of the crowd was to ask Him to leave.  Seems like a poor decision given His power to do good, yet the crowd mentality wasn’t focused on the positive but the unknown.

So Jesus does exactly what they ask and climbs into the boat and goes across the water again.  This time, as He lands and is greeted, “one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly” to come save his little girls life.  Jesus immediately agrees and they begin walking toward his house.  As they went, a woman who had a medical issue for over a decade managed to get close enough to touch Jesus’ clothes and was immediately healed.  She knew it, and so did He.  So Jesus asks who touched Him and she sheepishly fessed up.  “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well”.  There is power in Jesus and His name.  This woman demonstrated it.  We need to latch onto it.

They continue toward Jairus’ house and the group is greeted by someone from his house who told them his daughter had died.  Jairus tells Jesus He can change direction as it was too late.  But Jesus teaches us an important lesson here – it is never too late for the power of Christ.  He tells them “The child is not dead but  sleeping”.  That seemed a bit crazy given the fact that many who were at the house knew the kid was dead, at least from their perspective.  But Jesus enters with a few chosen people and takes the girl by the hand and she gets up.  A miracle by any standard, and “they were immediately overcome with amazement”.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  His power is still alive and available.  We merely need to seek Him and believe!

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