Mark 5 Lesson

Saved by faith in Jesus!

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, we will spend some time thinking about the six words that Jesus said to the woman that was hemorrhaging after He had healed her.

He said:

“Your faith has made you well.” – Mark 5:34.

These six words can be of amazing comfort to us! They can give us hope!

But there is a catch. For them to work in our lives, we must believe that they are true.

Do we believe that Jesus is able to do the things that are written in the Bible?

  • Did He heal the sick?
  • Did He cure the blind?
  • Did He calm the seas?
  • Did He raise the dead?
  • Did He turn water into wine?
  • Was He raised from the grave after three days?

If we believe that Jesus did all these things, then it stands to reason that He can help us with our problems too. But that is not the kind of thing that most of us talk about. It certainly is not something that the world talks about. The world is constantly filling our heads with doubt and encouraging us to take matters into our own hands rather than putting our faith in Jesus.

And what about us? Do we doubt Jesus’ willingness to make us well? Perhaps we do not feel worthy because we know of all the sins we have committed?

Maybe. However, that would be putting a limit on God’s grace which, which is something that 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 God's grace. After the woman felt that she was healed, she heard Jesus ask the crowd, “Who touched my garments?” Mark writes:

“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.” – Mark 5:33.

Sometimes we do not reach out to God through Jesus for help until we are exhausted from trying unsuccessfully to fix things on our own. We should know better, but sometimes we do not. As Jesus said about His own apostles:

“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Mathew 26:41.

God deserves far better than to be our last resort! When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus replied:

“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.” – Mark 12:30.

That means that God should be our first thought, not our last resort.

That is the entire point for today’s lesson, to put God first in our heart, in our soul and in our mind. To trust in Him before anything else in this world.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following quote from the Gospel of John:

“The one who believes in the Son has eternal life; but the one who does not  obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” – John 3:36.

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Joe R

Although this message is simple, it is powerful beyond measure. If we have faith in the power of Jesus Christ, we can be healed just as those who encountered Jesus during His time here on Earth. Jesus must be our first resort and not our last resort. I ask that I follow this message today and every day in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Jmack3388

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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