What obstacles are keeping you from realizing the full power of Christ?
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Mark 5 (ESV)
1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.
2 And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.
3 He lived among the tombs.
And no one could bind him anymore,
not even with a chain,
4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains,
but he wrenched the chains apart,
and he broke the shackles in pieces.
No one had the strength to subdue him.
5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones.
6 And when he saw Jesus from afar,
he ran and fell down before him.
7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said,
“What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”
8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”
9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,
for we are many.”
10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country.
11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside,
12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.”
13 So he gave them permission.
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 drowned in the sea.
14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country.
And people came to see what it was that had happened.
15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man,
the one who had had the legion,
clothed and in his right mind,
and they were afraid.
16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs.
17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region.
18 As he was getting into the boat,
the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.
19 And he did not permit him but said to him,
“Go home to your friends and tell them
how much the Lord has done for you,
and how he has had mercy on you.”
20 And he went away
and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him,
and everyone marveled.
21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea.
22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue,
Jairus by name,
and seeing him, he
fell at his feet
23 and implored him earnestly, saying,
“My little daughter is at the point of death.
and lay your hands on her,
so that she may be made well and live.”
24 And he went with him.
And a great crowd
and thronged about him.
25 And there was a woman
who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years,
26 and who had suffered much under many physicians,
had spent all that she had,
and was no better but rather grew worse.
27 She had
heard the reports about Jesus
and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.
28 For she said,
“If I touch even his garments,
I will be made well.”
29 And immediately
the flow of blood dried up,
and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
30 And Jesus,
perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him,
immediately turned about in the crowd and said,
“Who touched my garments?”
31 And his disciples said to him,
“You see the crowd pressing around you,
and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
32 And he looked around to see who had done it.
33 But the woman,
knowing what had happened to her,
in fear and trembling
fell down before him
and told him the whole truth.
34 And he said to her,
“Daughter, your faith has made you well;
go in peace,
and be healed of your disease.”
35 While he was still speaking,
there came from the ruler’s house some who said,
“Your daughter is dead.
Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue,
“Do not fear,
37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue,
and Jesus saw
people weeping and wailing loudly.
39 And when he had entered, he said to them,
“Why are you making a commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but sleeping.”
40 And they laughed at him.
he put them all outside
and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was.
41 Taking her by the hand he said to her,
“Talitha cumi,” which means,
“Little girl, I say to you, arise.”
immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age),
and they were immediately overcome with amazement.
43 And he strictly
charged them that no one should know this,
and told them to give her something to eat.
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Mark 5 Summary
v1-20 - Jesus travels into Gentile country (Gentiles are anybody who's not a Jew) and heals a freakishly strong multi-demon possessed man.
v21-43 - Back in Israel, Jesus is mobbed by the crowd as He works His way to the house of a very sick little girl, healing the desperate woman who secretly reached out in faith along the way. It seems that Jesus reaches the girl too late, arriving at a house full of grief, yet Jesus calls the girl back to life.
Jesus performs three massive miracles in this chapter, but notice that each one of them is met with doubt and suspicion.
Ironically, it's always the demons who have the least amount of doubt as to who Jesus is. They beg Jesus to be sent into the herd of pigs because they're afraid of Jesus' power & divinity. Yet the people from that community, who witness the incredible change of demeanor in what was a monstrous man now sitting calmly in his right mind, also beg Jesus to leave their region because they're afraid of what economic havoc He might bring next.
The disciples scoff at Jesus' noticing that somebody touched Him, rather than realizing the His powered can be channeled by simple faith.
The people who'd been "weeping and wailing loudly" one minute go to another emotional extreme a moment later and "laugh" at Jesus' assertion that the child is only sleeping.
Be sure not to get hung up on these same obstacles in your life:
Being afraid of what trusting in Jesus will cost you;
Underestimating the awesome power of faith;
Laughing at the far fetched promises of God's Word.
Rather, be like the healed monster-man: long to follow Christ and tell everyone in your community how much Jesus has done for you.
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: The One who leaves men stunned and astonished;
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Ask God to help you overcome the obstacles that keep you from fully trusting in Him;
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: