-On the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee in the country of the Gerasenes, Jesus and His disciples encounter a man who was demon possessed to the point that he was uncontrollable. He had to live in the cemetery since no one was strong enough to subdue and bind him, even with chains. Every day and night he would constantly scream among the tombs and in the mountains because of his torment, gashing himself with stones. The Bible paints a very bleak existence for this man before Jesus came along. When this man saw Jesus from a distance, he ran up to Him and bowed down shouting, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!” Jesus then began calling out the unclean spirit that was within him. The Messiah was asking for the demons’ name, which got the response, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” The demons begged for the Christ not to send them out of the country, so the Lord disposed of them into a herd of unclean swine who were feeding nearby on the mountain. When they entered the herd of two thousand pigs, they immediately rushed down the steep bank of the mountain into the sea and they all drowned. Their herdsmen ran away in a tizzy and reported the event both to the city and the country. When the people of the area came out to inspect the situation, they found Jesus and the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down calmly, clothed and in his right mind. This frightened the populace, and they beseeched the Lord to leave their region once they had heard the story of what had occurred. As the Lord was getting into the boat to depart, the man who had been delivered approached Him and wanted to accompany the team of disciples. Jesus Christ did not have that plan for this man. He responded with His perfect will, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” The man went away praising God and proclaiming the great things he had experienced by the power of the Almighty in the Decapolis (10 cities area). Everyone was amazed at this transformation (Mark 5:1-20).
-Upon His return on the other side, the Lord stayed in the seashore to speak since a large crowd had gathered around Him. One of the synagogue officials, who no doubt had witnessed some of His miracles by this point, fell at His feet and begged Him desperately to lay His Hands on his very sick child so that she would be well. Faith triggered Jesus’ response. He went off with the official, and the large crowd followed behind them. While on their way, another miracle took place, also triggered by faith, which becomes our theme here in this section. A woman who had dealt with a female part hemorrhage for twelve years with suffering and constant medical attention costing her everything she had without any success (in fact the text says she got worse with physicians help) came up to the Christ and touched Him in the midst of the crowd of people. Her thinking was simple, but profound, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.” There was an immediate drying up of the flow of blood from her body when she touched the Savior! She could actually feel the healing from her affliction. Jesus, perceiving in Himself that His raffa power had gone out (Psalm 103:3), turned around and addressed the crowd, “Who touched My garments?” The undiscerning disciples couldn’t understand His preciseness. Many people had been pressing in and touching Him. Why would He call this out? The Lord noticed the woman by now. She was afraid and trembling, aware of what had just happened to her. She came before Him and told Him the whole truth. Christ’s words reveal His compassion and mission, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction. While still speaking these beautifully profound words, messengers came from Jairus’ house with terrible news. The daughter had passed into eternity. There was no longer need for the Messiah’s healing touch, or so they thought. Jesus overheard this conversation and petitioned the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid, only believe.” Only Peter, James, and John were allowed to accompany the Lord as He entered where the dead girl was. Outside the house was a large commotion with many people weeping and wailing loudly. Jesus told them that she was only asleep; she was not dead. Because they thought they knew otherwise, the crowd began to mock His comment. Jesus put everyone away except the faithful. His companions, the mother, and the father entered the place where she lay. Then, Jesus took the child by the hand and said directly to her, “Talitha kum (“Little girl, I say to you, get up!)!” Another immediate miracle took place! She got up and began to walk around. The twelve year old astounded the witnesses, but Jesus gave them strict orders that no one should know about this. Then, recognizing every practical need, Jesus tells them that they should give the girl something to eat (Mark 5:21-43).
-*Application* Jesus’ sole mission on His trip across the Sea of Galilee was to drive out a legion of demons from a maniac that could not be previously contained. He drove the unclean spirits completely away into a herd of pigs. They were demolished. That man and that place was radically changed because of the power of God. We who have His Spirit in us have that same authority today, right now. Christ has all the power!!! Just think of it like this: Christ in you to drive out the evil afoot. Meditate on it and then go apply it in love.
-Jesus’ mission as He came back across the sea was to supernaturally heal on the basis of faith. The Lord can’t work with doubt. Trust in Him alone and observe what He does. The great thing about that these days is that we are exhorted to proclaim His excellencies to the world (1 Peter 2:9). We don’t need to hide it anymore. His Kingdom has come and His will should be done (Matthew 6:10). He’s no longer the suffering Servant (Isaiah 53). He is the King of an everlasting Kingdom (Psalm 145:13, Daniel 4:3, 34; 7:14, 27).
Verses to Memorize: Mark 5:19, 34, 36