You no doubt have done this too. Truthfully, I’ve read Mark 5 dozens of times. I know the stories.
But recently I made a pact with myself that I would attempt to see something fresh in what I read. Fresh eyes, so to speak. And I didn’t want to be guilty of hurrying through the Bible verses because I’d thought, “There’s nothing new here.”
Was there something new? Yes, there was.
The quest was for me to look at these stories as if I was wearing a new pair of glasses. When I did this, things were clearer. I saw things, that before, I’d missed.
Another thing I did was attempt to crawl inside these scenes. You know, be there.
One of my Sunday school teachers said, “These three stories are examples of impossible situations.” In other words, if Jesus didn’t show up, there would’ve been no hope of these circumstances changing. Which means there would be no reason for Mark 5 to be written.
Without a doubt I’ve never personally faced a crisis such as the ones mentioned in Mark 5. But I realize many people have kindred stories to these. Impossible situations. And I realize too, that there are other people who are up against something that appears impossible at this moment.
The impressive thing to me is that Jesus didn’t panic. Jesus wasn’t intimidated. He knew what to do. He did it. The impossible faltered and fell apart because Jesus was there. Jesus proved He can be trusted.
Jesus was on a mission to undo the impossible.
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Scene 1 HERE
Scene 2 HERE
Scene 3 HERE