After the shaky boat ride from Capernaum across the Sea of Galilee, they arrive in a small town where Jesus meets a man who is demon-possessed and living like a wild beast among tombs. Jesus asks for the demon’s name. “And he said, ’Legion,’ because many demons had entered him.” So all the demons begged Him saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.”
We see that the evil spirits are many and they are united and organized in their attempts to steal, kill, and destroy but Jesus comes to give abundant life (John 10:10). Jesus does not allow the demons to destroy this man who is made in God’s image but He does send them into the pigs. 🐷 “Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.” Thus the evil spirits carried out their intended goal to steal, kill, and destroy.
But the man who was saved now has an amazing testimony!! 🙌 So when he asks to go with Jesus, Jesus commissions him by saying, “’Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has compassion on you.’ And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.”
Jesus then travels back across the sea to the Galilean side. There He meets one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus, who begs Jesus to come and heal his dying 12 year old daughter. While Jesus is working His way through the crowds to get to Jairus’s house, a woman who has been suffering for a long time with terrible bleeding, touches Jesus’s garment in a desperate attempt to be healed. Jesus asks who touched Him and Peter pipes up saying the multitudes press on You and You ask who touched You?! Like what’s up with that Jesus? 😬🤷♀️
But Jesus knew this was a different kind of touch. This wasn’t just people carelessly pushing on Him. This was an intentional and deliberate act of faith on the part of the woman and Jesus desires to heal way more than just her bleeding condition. He desires to heal her spiritually and publicly so she can walk in freedom! So when the desperate, faithful woman comes forward, Jesus lovingly says to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” 💜
Then Jesus goes on to do what Jesus does…He gives new life to Jairus’s 12 year old girl! “And her parents were astonished but He charged them to tell no one what had happened” bc His popularity, as well as animosity toward Him, was growing there and His time has not yet come.
Tomorrow Jesus sends out His disciples…keep reading.
(Mark 5:1-20, Matthew 8:28-34, Luke 8:26-39, Mark 5:21-43, Matthew 9:18-26, Luke 8:40-56)