Touching the Hem of His Garment

Touching the Hem of His Garment

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ “

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:24-34

This is an intriguing story because of how it transpired. True, the people were crowding around Him and touching him, some may have even been doing it just to touch Him. But the woman with the bleeding problems was intentionally touching His cloak. We know that Jesus had power to heal, but this is a first where the Scriptures talk about actual power going out from Him.

Presumably, power went out from Him every time He healed, but this was different. He knew it and the girl also knew it, not because she was healed but because He was calling her out. She didn’t know what He would do when He discovered who it was. Did He know already and just not let on, wanting her to confess, or did He not know? As the Scriptures tell us, He only knew what the Father revealed to Him while He was in human flesh so He didn’t know.

Still, He wanted to come face to face with her.

When He discovered her, she was very afraid.

But Jesus calmed her fears and put her at ease – the truly compassionate Savior towards those seeking His help.

I think a lot of people who don’t know God think He’s going to zap them for all the wrong they’ve done. They think the church will cave in when they enter because of all their sins. They know they’ve erred and sinned but they don’t know the compassionate Savior that this lady met. She too was terrified and I’m sure was pleasantly surprised and relieved that He didn’t zap her or condemn her.

What a Savior!

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Jairus Had Faith

Jairus Had Faith

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him. Mark 5:21-24

Jairus had faith. Even though he was a synagogue leader, he wasn’t a bad man. Most of the religious leaders we see interacting with Jesus were either trying to trap Him or trying to kill Him. But it’s clear that Jairus wasn’t one of them. Jairus needed help and knew where to turn. It was probably his last resort. Had he known about Jesus earlier, He might have gone to Him sooner.

But Jairus took a step of faith and reached out to Jesus. It was a small step of faith that would yield life-changing rewards.

Our steps of faith will probably not be life-changing, but they will be well rewarded. Scriptures tell us to walk by faith and not by sight, so it’s a daily habit of being obedient to God. Obedience is always rewarded, perhaps not right away but certainly always.

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A Story Told

A Story Told

18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. Mark 5:18-20

Finally, a healed man who obeyed Jesus.

Recall when He healed some people, He told them to not tell others, and they did just that.

This time He told the man to tell others, and he did. Imagine what the reaction was when the townspeople realized who this man was! Just imagine how many times he told the story. My guess, he told it to any and all who would listen. I can even see him telling the story to those who walked away from him. It was truly an amazing story. He was set free from a host of demons. The people he approached no longer needed to run away in fear.

Our testimony of how He changed our life is just as powerful as this former demoniac. It’s obviously not as fresh as his was but it is as powerful. Someone in your circle of influence needs to hear about it. Pray that God will open that door of opportunity for you soon and that you’ll walk boldly through it.

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A Radical Way of Thinking

A Radical Way of Thinking

14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region. Mark 5:14-17

Jesus, having effectively destroyed the region’s pork business, was now run out of town. However, let’s remember that one man was extremely grateful for what He had done. What’s it like to go from demon-possessed to “in his right mind” in an instant?

Of course the locals weren’t overly concerned about the welfare of this man. Their businesses were ruined with His command. Instead, they ran out the man who did it.

But they were also terrified at His miracle. If He could do that, what else was He capable of?

Jesus knew the ramifications of sending the demons into the pigs. He knew that some livelihoods would be crushed.

But He also knew what this man had suffered through for so many years.

With Jesus, it’s always people first. We can certainly learn from that radical way of thinking.

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What Can He NOT Do?

What Can He NOT Do?

9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. Mark 5:9-13

Why would demons not want to leave an area? Perhaps it takes them hundreds of years to learn the tricks of the trade in each region they operate in? In any event, in one fell swoop, Jesus momentarily granted their request and then sent them off to their death.

Yes, it shows the power of Jesus Christ over the demonic world but it also gives us insight into that world.

For example:
People can be possessed by more than one demon at a time.
Demons knew Jesus.
Demons knew the power of Jesus.
Demons can talk, reason, and negotiate.
Jesus had complete power over many demons.

Like we said yesterday, “Who is this man?” We’ll add, “What can he NOT do?”

I think we know the answer.

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