Mark 5. Forum Discussion

In chapter 5, Mark writes about:

  • Jesus casting out demons from Legion into 2,000 swine that drown themselves in the sea
  • Jesus healing Jairus’s daughter
  • And Jesus healing the woman that was hemorrhaging for 12 years.

For today’s study, let’s spend some time thinking about five words that Jesus said to the woman that was hemorrhaging for 12 years after He had healed her. In verse 34, Jesus tells her:

  • “Your faith has made you well.”

When we think about those five words, we should be full of hope and peace because we know that Jesus can do anything if we are smart enough to turn to Him help. Look at all the miracles that He performed and yet we still doubt His powers sometimes. Why is that? Is it because the world is filling our head with doubt and encouraging us to try and take matters into our own hands rather than putting our faith in Christ? That’s part of it. Do we doubt Jesus’ willingness to make us well because we know of all the sins that we have committed and don’t feel worthy? Maybe. But that is putting a limit on God’s grace which we should not do. Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

The truth is that we are not worthy, and that is the beauty of the grace of Jesus. After the woman felt that she was healed, she heard Jesus ask the crowd, “Who touched my garments?” Verse 33 reads, “But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.” Sometimes we don’t go to Jesus for help until we are exhausted from trying to fix things for ourselves. We should know better, but sometimes we don’t. As Jesus said about His own apostles in Mathew 26:41, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, deserves far better than to be our last resort. When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus replied in Mark 12:30, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” That means that Jesus should be our first thought, not our last resort.

That is the entire point for today’s lesson, to put Jesus first in our heart, in our soul and in our mind. To trust Jesus before anything else in this world and to pray that we too might hear, “Your faith has made you well.” Amen

Comments

Jesus can do anything, and yet we sometimes doubt that. If He can take legions of demons from a troubled man, put them into pigs and have them drown themselves, can't He help with our problems too?

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