Monday, October 22, 2018

JESUS Says, "Don't Be Afraid; Just Believe"

Mark 5:1-43 NIV

JESUS Restores a Demon-Possessed Man

1They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2When JESUS Got Out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet HIM. 3This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

6When he saw JESUS from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of HIM. 7He shouted at the top of his voice, 

“What Do You Want with me, JESUS, SON of The MOST HIGH GOD? 

In GOD’S Name don’t torture me!”

8For JESUS Had Said to him, 

Come out of this man, you impure 


9Then JESUS asked him, 

“What is your name?”

My name is Legion,” 

he replied, 

“for we are many. 

10And he begged JESUS again and again not to send them out of the area.

11A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 

12The demons begged JESUS

“Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 

13HE 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.

14Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15When 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. 16Those 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.

18As JESUS Was Getting Into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with HIM.

19JESUS 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.” 

20So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis 

How Much JESUS Had Done for him. 

And all the people were amazed.

JESUS Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

21When 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. 22Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw JESUS, he fell at His Feet. 23He 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.” 

24So JESUS went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around HIM. 25And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26She 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. 27When she heard about JESUS, she came up behind HIM in the crowd and touched HIM Cloak, 

28because she thought, 

“If I just touch HIS Clothes, I will be healed.”

29Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30At 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?’ ”

32But JESUS Kept Looking around to See who had done it. 33Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at HIS Feet and, trembling with fear, told HIM the whole truth. 

34HE Said to her,

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and 

be freed from your suffering.”

35While JESUS Was Still Speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

36Overhearingc what they said, JESUS Told him, 

“Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

37HE Did Not Let anyone follow HIM except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, JESUS Saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly.

39HE Went In and Said to them, 

“Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 

40But they laughed at HIM.

After HE Put them all out, HE Took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with HIM, and went in where the child was.  

41HE Took her by the hand and Said to her, 

“Talitha koum!” 

(which means  “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 

42Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43HE Gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and Told them to give her something to eat.

JESUS Is The Great Healer

JESUS Didn’t Fail Jarius, and HE Didn’t Fail the woman who needed healing. But in ministering to both, we see how the Work of JESUS is different, yet the same among each individual. 

If JESUS Can Touch each need this personally, HE Can Touch our needs the same way.

1.      Jarius had twelve years of sunshine that were about to be extinguished. The woman had twelve years of agony that seemed hopeless to heal.

2.      Jarius was an important man, the ruler of the synagogue. The woman was a nobody. We don’t even know her name.

3.      Jarius was probably wealthy, because he was an important man. The woman was poor because she spent all her money on doctors.

4.      Jarius came publicly. The woman came secretly.

5.      Jarius thought JESUS Had To Do a lot to heal his daughter. The woman thought all she needed was to touch JESUS’ Garment.

6.      JESUS Responded to Jarius after a delay. JESUS Responded to the woman immediately.

7.      Jarius’ daughter was healed secretly. The woman was healed publicly.

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