January 5 – Mark 5
LOOK: One of my favorite passages…Jesus removes a legion of demons torturing a man, sending them into a herd of pigs that run off a cliff and drown on the sea. This shows the power and authority Jesus has over all things even the unseen world. Jesus then goes to raise a dead girl but instead is touched secretly by a woman with an illness that had plagued her for twelve years. The woman is healed and Jesus still goes and raises the girl from the dead.
LISTEN: These verses are here to establish Jesus’ authority and confirm His identity. The people that experienced these things had strange responses…the town asked Jesus to leave, perhaps His power scared them. The woman just wanted to touch the edge of His garment and not bother Him or make a scene. People do weird things with Jesus!
LEARN: What am I doing with Jesus? I pray that I understand His power and authority. I pray that I won’t make Him little and powerless in my life. Jesus deserves preeminence!!