Read: Mark 5:1-43
Centering Verse: And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed. (Mark 5:20)
- How did the unclean spirits recognize Jesus as the Son of God?
- Why did the people ask Jesus to leave the place where he had healed the possessed man?
- What does Jesus’s attentiveness to the woman’s touch say about his concern for each individual?
- How can faith conquer fear?
In this chapter, we encounter three people whose lives were drastically changed for the better by the miraculous work of Jesus. Though their situations all differed, they were all bound to desperate, seemingly irreversible circumstances: demon possession, serious chronic illness, and death. They were unable to move forward on their own. And then Jesus entered their lives… They all became living witnesses to the power and mercy of Jesus Christ. We might not have had such a dramatic, healing encounter with Jesus; then again, some people have. Even if our encounters with Jesus have been subtler, they are no less powerful. Think for a moment about all that Jesus has freed you from. How has he delivered you from sin, sickness, and sorrows? How has he brought you healing, wholeness, and holiness? You have been changed by Jesus, both for your own benefit and for the benefit of others. Your story – your witness – might direct another hurting, lost person to their own encounter with Jesus. From there, their encounters with Jesus will multiply to still more people as they bear witness. Go and proclaim what Jesus has done for you – in your words, in your actions, and in your care for others.
LORD God, who has worked miracles of deliverance in our lives, give us the courage to bear witness to your power. May we shine brightly in this world, so that others might see you and know. Amen.