A Study in Mark, Week 3

Jesus’ healing power is evident throughout the gospel of Mark. We read countless stories of Jesus’ encounters with deformity, disease, and even demon possession. But there is one more area where Jesus wishes to show his power as the Son of Man: death.

Death is an experience unlike any other. We have no control over it. It is shocking, terrifying, and sad. When we encounter it, we realise how much power it has over us emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Throughout the Bible, death and sin have a direct connection. (cf. Rom 6:23, 8:2) We read about sin creeping around like a roaring lion, looking to devour. (1 Pt. 5:8) We are taught in church to avoid sin at all costs. But, we also read that Jesus has power over sin, death, and the devil. Only in Him, are we free from the shackles of these terrible things.

Jesus brings life.

His miraculous ministry shows us that he is willing and able to change the broken state that affects everything in this world. This authority to heal and restore is what draws men and women to him.

We read in Matthew 28:18-20 the words of the Great Commission. Within these few verses, Jesus tells the disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go [...]” There is a direct connection between Jesus’ authority and his disciples’ authority. Later in the Book of Acts, we read of the apostles healing in the name of Jesus Christ. They claimed the authority given to them by Christ and worked to restore and redeem the brokenness of the world.

We have spent time discussing the excitement of new creation and the awe that is Jesus’ teaching. Now we move onto discuss Jesus’ authority over all aspects of our lives. Our goal this week is to think about our lives with respect to God’s authority.

Passage: Mark 5.21-43

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.  34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” 35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” 36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat. (NIV)

Questions:

  1. What stood out to you in chapters 5&6 of Mark?
  2. What do you think was going through the minds of Jairus and the woman who was bleeding?
  3. Jairus, a synagogue leader, recognised the power and authority that Jesus has over life. Why do you think he was able to recognise this?
  4. Why does Jesus give strict orders not to tell anyone about what happened?
  5. What is your initial reaction when you encounter a problem in your life?
  6. What testimonies have you heard recently that affirms Jesus’ authority over physical, spiritual, and emotional healing?
  7. How can God, alone, provide for any and all of your needs?
  8. As a Christian, how much authority do you believe you have over earthly circumstances?

Prayer:

As Christians, we believe that prayer plays an important role in all aspects of our lives. We want to encourage you to pray that God will take what has been discussed and change your life. God is faithful to hear and answer our prayers.