The Gospel and the Redemptive Story || Mark 5
Jesus casts demon out of man. Jesus was able to give the man some dignity.
Jesus healing the blind man. Everyone begins to seek out Christ to see what this is all about. Father of a sick daughter begs Jesus to come and heal his family. Jesus goes. On the way… Mark 5:24 || Woman seeks out and touches Jesus’ cloak. She is healed. Jesus knows it immediately. He calls for the woman, and she trembling with fear tells him the whole truth.
Jesus calls her “Daughter” , thereby staking a claim to her as part of his family.
In the midst of all of this is the father, trying to get Jesus to his daughter. Then someone says, “Your daughter is dead. It’s too late.”
Vs36. “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”
Jesus brings Peter, James, and John along to the daughters room. Jesus claims she sleeping, and the crowd laughs at him. He sends them away and in front of her family calls her awake, and she comes alive. He tells the parents to feed her. Then Jesus distances from the whole thing, and asks that they don’t tell anyone about her healing. Jesus cared for her future, didn’t want her to take the label of to be “used to be dead.”
One chapter of the whole Gospel. Just one. In one day, Jesus forever altars the future lives of the demoniac, women with blood disease, and family of dead little girl.
It continues and continues and continues. The Gospel spreading through the actions of Christ. Redemption happens, the Gospel grows.
When the Gospel happens, the stories continue
The Holy Spirit is the one leading now. Would we even know it if the Holy Spirit left our ministries? Do we let Holy Spirit lead?
May we just ask the God leads us. Let him use our gifts to further the Gospel.
Chris Brown is a Senior Pastor and a Teaching Pastor at North Coast Church in Vista, CA, and co-teaches at Bethel Seminary. Chris loves bringing the Bible to life with his gifts as a communicator and storyteller, but most evident in his teaching is his passion for sharing a real and authentic journey with Jesus.
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