A Quiet Request

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 5:25-34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (v. 34) What a contrast we see in the people who come to Jesus for help in Mark 5. Yesterday we saw Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue. Today it is a woman who was not allowed …

A Loving Father and a Caring Savior

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 5:21-24, 35-43 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet, and implored him earnestly. (vv. 22-23) I love this story because it is about a father and his daughter. I have only one daughter and although I love my sons, there is a special bond that …

Sent Home

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 5:18-20 Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you. (v. 19) The man who had been demon-possessed was a changed man. He was changed so much that he begged Jesus to be allowed to go with him. But Jesus said no. Does this surprise you? Here was a willing worker, …

Spiritual Suicide—Asking Jesus to Leave

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 5:1-17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. (v. 17) This is an interesting story. A man living among the tombs was demon-possessed. He had a history of behaving wildly. No one could subdue him—even with chains. Night and day he would run around the hills scaring people, crying out in a loud voice, …

Peace in the Storm

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 4:35-41 [Jesus] awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (v. 39) A sudden, violent storm had arisen on the Sea of Galilee. Even experienced boat handlers like the disciples were scared stiff. Jesus was in the boat, too, but he was asleep. …