Aaaaand we're back! Chapter 5 brings us back to Jesus the Healer. Today we will take a slightly different tack... read each passage slowly. Really put yourself in the scene. Can you hear the squeal of the pigs? What about the chaos of the crowd? Imagine the clouds of dust in the air, the desperation of the onlookers craning their necks to catch a glimpse of this Jesus... the tears of Jairus. Putting ourselves into each little scene opens up our imagination to the wonder of the Gospel. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you something new in these stories that we have heard so many times.
Gospel of Mark: Day 5
The Healing of the Gerasene Demoniac
Jairus' Daughter and the Woman with the Hemorrhage
Journaling Questions for Reflection
As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him. But He would not permit him but told him instead, "Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you (Mark 5:18-19)." When we have had an authentic encounter with the Living God, when we've experienced healing, mercy, peace, joy... we get scared of it being shaken by the world outside. How is Jesus asking me to step out of the chapel and tell the world of His love? What role does evangelization play in my life? Do I think it is my responsibility to share the good news? Who in my life needs to hear my story? Who in my life needs to know the love of Jesus?
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward (Mark 5:22). As we've seen in previous chapters, people in the synagogue were no friend of Jesus. What did it take for Jairus to come forward and seek Jesus' help? How do I approach Jesus when I need healing? or when I need to beg for the healing of a loved one? Where do I need more courage in my life? Who in my life needs prayer?
She said, "If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured (Mark 5:28)." When was the last time I was bold? Name a time when my faith and trust in Jesus was at its strongest. What were the circumstances of that season? What did I do to demonstrate that trust? Where is Jesus asking me to be bold today? What is holding me back? Who can I ask to help hold me accountable?
While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official's house arrived and said, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer (Mark 5:35)?" When have I doubted the Lord's timing? When have I not doubted the Lord's timing? (HA!) When was a time that I looked back and saw the Lord's hand in a situation where I had lost trust? Can I see His hand in the current struggles of my life? Why or why not? Do I believe the Lord is always on time? Why or why not? What was a prayer that the Lord did not answer the way I wanted? What happened? How could this instance be part of a bigger plan that I don't yet understand?
He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise (Mark 5;41)!" Do I allow the Lord to take me by the hand? How can place myself like a child in His midst? Where is the Lord asking me to "arise"? Do I trust the Lord to save my children? How can I better pray for my children?
He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat (Mark 5:43). Why does Jesus give instructions for the little girl to have something to eat? How do the things I put into my body affect my spiritual life? Do I believe that my physical health and spiritual health are linked? What ways can fasting provide more self-control in my life? What physical disciplines should I consider adopting?
Day 5 Challenge:
Take away any timelines you have given to God. Give the Lord permission to answer your prayers in the order and way that pleases Him.