Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 73/260: Read Mark 5

The power of Christ is shown in three ways in this chapter: power over the spiritual realm, power over physical maladies, and even power over death itself. Notice how people viewed His power.

The people who saw the demons depart the man and enter the swine wanted no part of Jesus. “Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.” The formerly possessed man wanted to join Jesus.

The ruler of the synagogue and the woman with a flow of blood both had faith that Jesus could heal; the ruler requested His assistance, while the woman wanted only to touch the hem of His garment.

Jesus went with the ruler of the synagogue, even though they had been informed of his daughter’s death. He said, “The child is not dead, but sleeping,” and He was ridiculed in response.

How do we react to the power of Jesus? Are we ashamed and want to send Him away, or do we want to go with Him? Do we truly believe, or do we ridicule?

How do we view the gospel? Paul tells us that the gospel “is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). Are you ashamed, or do you believe?

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Mark 4:25. “For whoever ___________, to him more will be given; but whoever does ___________ ___________, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

Pray

Pray for stronger faith in the power of Christ; pray for opportunities to see and tell of His power.

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