Mark 5

Serving the Desperate Ones

Jesus did not let him [go with 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.” 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 5:19-20

No one could help—no one but Jesus. A man so full of demons he had to live among tombs, a woman who had spent all she had on doctors and was still an unclean outcast, and a leader of the synagogue who couldn’t prevent the death of his daughter (Mark 5:5, 26, 35).

When the man with the demons saw Jesus, he ran and fell on his knees before Him. Jesus told the demons to come out, and they obeyed. Those who came to see what had happened found the man sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed, and in his right mind. As Jesus left, the man begged to go too, but Jesus sent him back to tell his story.

When Jairus, a synagogue leader, saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, asking him to come touch his deathly ill daughter. Jesus agreed to go with him. In the crowd of people that followed Jesus and Jairus was a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. She knew she shouldn’t be among others, but she believed she would be healed if she could touch Jesus’ garment. When she did, she felt the healing (v. 29).

Jesus realized power had gone out from Him. He turned and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Trembling, the woman fell at His feet and explained what had happened. Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering” (vv. 33-34). Now everyone knew she had been healed and cleansed.

Jairus was probably thinking, “What about my daughter?” Perhaps fear filled his heart when he saw people from his home headed toward the crowd. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. But Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” At Jairus’ house, Jesus took the sick child’s hand and said, “Little girl, get up!”  She immediately stood and began to walk around (v. 42).

Imagine the stories these people told after Jesus met their need. Were you desperate, out of control, helpless, beyond hope, maybe even dying when He came to you? Serve others with your story of Jesus Christ’s mercy. Tell them how much the Lord has done for you.

  • Read Mark 5. Compare and contrast these three people: their social status, how they came to Jesus, their faith, the reactions of others. How did Jesus respond to these people: in private or public, with a touch or a word, both or neither, immediately or with a delay?
  • Jesus’ healing can’t be made into a formula. What are other ways He healed as recorded in Luke 7:1-10 and Mark 8:23-25?
  • Read Matthew 10:5-8 where the twelve apostles were sent out to serve as Jesus had been doing—an extension of His power. What were they told to do? Have you ever done any of these things?

Nancy J. Baker

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