MARK 5 COMMENTARY

This is a commentary for you and me. It isn’t complicated, because Jesus wants you to understand it, so you can be healed physically and even more importantly, in your relationship with God, which was broken by sin.

Verse 1-2 — Jesus calmed the sea and the boat reached the shore. Immediately a demon-possessed man meets Him. You will find that despite demon possession or illness, you will seek to meet Jesus when you see Him.

Verse 3-5 — The man is terribly possessed, breaking his chains, screaming, gashing himself.

Verse 6 — The man runs up to Jesus and bows down. The Greek word is proskuneo. He worships Jesus. That means he understands, despite his demon possession, that Jesus is God in the flesh.

Verse 7-10 — Then the demons speak from the man. Jesus is telling them to come out. They consider this to be torment. No demon wants to be in a spiritual desert. Demons want to enter into and possess someone or something that is alive.

Jesus asks the name of the demons, and the demons answer “Legion,” because there are many demons in this man. They didn’t want to be sent out of the country. What does that mean? Powers and principalities are demonic forces that occupy geographical areas all across the earth. They are in their area, and they don’t want to leave it.

Verse 11-14 — They can only do what Jesus permits them to do, and they must leave the man because He is commanding them to come out. So they beg to enter a herd of pigs. Jesus gives them permission. Why? He knows what is going to happen next.

As soon as the demons enter the pigs, the animals kill themselves by running into the sea and drowning. There were 2,000 of them. That means there were 2,000 demons in this one man! But NOTHING is too difficult for Jesus, and Satan and his demons must obey Him.

Verse 15-16 — The pig farmers run and report what happened. Everyone comes to see what has happened. They are frightened when they see the demon possessed man clothed and in his right mind, and when they hear the story. Why are they afraid? They know they are dealing with Someone much greater than them, and much greater than demons — they are dealing with God.

Verse 17-20 — Losing 2,000 pigs is a financial disaster. So the people strongly beseech Jesus to leave.

But the man who was delivered from all those demons asks to go with Jesus. But Jesus tells him to go home to his people (he is not Jewish) and tell them what great things the Lord has done for him. The man gladly obeys, and goes to the Decapolis, a cluster of 10 Greek (non-Jewish) cities nearby. Everyone who hears is amazed.

You will be like that man, when you are healed and delivered. You will shout from the rooftops! And people will be amazed at your testimony, just as they are amazed at mine. God the Son does GREAT things!

Verse 21-23 — Again a large crowd gathers as Jesus crosses the sea again and comes ashore. One in the crowd is Jairus, a Jewish synagogue official. He has a daughter who is at the point of dying. He also has a great deal of faith.

He falls at Jesus’ feet, and again, it is proskuneo. He understands that he is before the very Son of God, and he worships Him. He beseeches Jesus, he pleads for Jesus to come. If Jesus just lays His hands on Jairus’ daughter, Jairus knows she will be healed. He has faith!

Verse 24-29 — As Jesus starts to go with him, another large crowd follows, so large that people push up against Him.

But in that crowd, there is another person with faith. She has a bleeding problem which makes her unclean according to Jewish law. She is not supposed to be around other people, because her presence will make them unclean, too.

She has spent all her money on physicians, and endured much at their hands, but they cannot heal her.

She hears about Jesus, and breaks all the rules about uncleanness, breaks through the crowd, and comes up behind Him. She is desperate. As she pushes through, she is thinking, “If I just touch His garments I will get well.”

As soon as she touches His garments, the bleeding stops and she feels in her body that she is healed.

I know that feeling. When Jesus Christ healed me of progressive MS 14 years ago, I felt His power go through me, and I knew He was healing me.

Verse 30-34 — Jesus senses that power has gone out from Him. He asks, “Who touched My garments?”

Important point: Just touching His garments is enough to heal you! Are you desperate? Break the rules, break through the crowds!

His disciples think it is impossible to determine who touched Him, with the large crowd pressing in. But He looks and sees the woman.

She comes forward, afraid and trembling, and falls down before Jesus. Again, it is proskuneo. She worships Him.

You will worship Him, too, when He heals you. She confesses the whole truth. His response? Her faith has healed her. He commands her to go in peace. After all of that sickness, she is well, and at peace!

When Jesus says, “Your faith has healed you,” does He literally mean that faith heals us? No, God the Father heals us. God the Son, Jesus Christ, heals us.

Important point: We will not come to Him to be healed if we don’t believe He can do it. So in that way, the woman’s faith has healed her. If she had no faith, she would never have pushed through the crowd in desperation, in order to touch His garments and be healed by Him. Faith makes you desperate to touch Him.

Verse 35-40 —A bad report comes — it’s too late. Jairus’ daughter has died. No need to bother the Teacher. Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid (that it’s too late). Only believe.”

Only believe. That’s all you have to do. He’ll do the rest. Believe and He will show you that what He says is true. Without faith it is impossible to please God, for if you come to Him, you believe He is real and not just some theory. And He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Jesus arrives at Jairus’ house, accompanied by Peter, James and John. He is teaching them, their faith will be increased by what is about to happen, and they will be eyewitnesses who will report His miraculous works to others.

The professional mourners are busy at work. Unbelief saturates the whole scene. Woe! Woe! Woe!

But Jesus rebukes them and goes into the house. They laugh when He says she has not died; she’s just asleep. He puts them out — He removes the unbelieving ones from the scene, and goes into the girl’s room.

NOTE: When you know Jesus, you do not die. Your spirit goes to Him. To be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord (2Corinthians 5:8). But your body sleeps.

Then, the Author of life does what only God can do. He takes Jairus’ dead daughter by the hand and says “Get up!” She has to do it. He has commanded it. And she begins to walk around. She is 12 years old.

And her parents and Peter, James and John are astounded. They wonder, they are amazed, they are astonished.

Jesus says, “Give her something to eat.” It is another proof that she is not a ghost, but alive!

I tell you, when Jesus does His work in you, many will wonder at it, many will be amazed, many will be astonished.

He gives life to the dead, physically and spiritually. He is still doing that, because He is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)!

Only believe! If you do, you will come to Him, you will touch His garment, and you will be healed. Even though you have been given up for dead, He will raise you to life!

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THE PRAYER OF THE DESPERATE

What we know as “The Lord’s Prayer” is really a prayer of desperation for the followers of Jesus who seek the intimacy He has with our Father!

[SW088] 04/14/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“The Prayer of the Desperate”

The Lord’s Prayer, per the Spirit-inspired Matthew:

Matthew 6:9   “ Pray, then, in this way:
    ‘Our Father who is in heaven,
    Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘ Your kingdom come.
     Your will be done,
    On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘ Give us this day  our daily bread. 12 ‘And  forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but  deliver us from   evil.  [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]  

Matthew 6:14 “ For if you forgive  others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 “But  if you do not forgive  others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

The Spirit-inspired Luke gives an abbreviated version, but the truths therein are the same:

Verse 1 —
Jesus is praying.
He prays like no other.
The disciples want to know how to pray like Him.

They are following Him
and they see that He is connected to the Father
in a way they do not yet know.
They can tell by the way He prays.

Verse 2 —
And so He shows them. We who follow Him are to pray like this:
Father, Your name is venerated in my heart,
I regard Your name, Your very nature with great reverence.
You are like no other.
You are entirely different.
You are holy.
And You are actually my Father.
I have been adopted by You.

Your kingdom come.
Establish Your kingdom within me (Luke 17:21) in my heart,
so Your will is done by me in the same way it is done in heaven — fully.

And establish Your kingdom in the hearts of many,
any who will come to Your Son.”

Verse 3 —
Give me and all Your followers each day our daily bread,
our needful bread,
the bread we need, the Bread of life,
the Bread from heaven —
give us more of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

If we seek first Your kingdom, O God,
all earthly things that we need
will be provided by You. (see Matthew 6:33)

Verse 4 —
“And forgive us our sins
BECAUSE we forgive everyone who sins against us.
You will not forgive us unless we also forgive.
So, even before praying this prayer,
we have forgiven everyone who has ever done us wrong.

And lead us not into temptation.
We are tempted not to forgive.
Change this, in our hearts.
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That’s the prayer He teaches us,
we who are following Him
and see that He is connected to the Father
in a way we do not yet know —
we can tell by the way He prays.

Verses 5-6 —
Then He goes on to speak of a Friend (the Father)
to whom a man goes at midnight and says,
“One of my friends has come to me from a long journey.
But I have nothing to give him.”
I see that I lack what this friend of mine needs.
Your life is not yet abiding in me, Jesus.

Verse 7-8 —
Not because He is my Friend,
but because I am persistent in asking,
the Father will give me AS MUCH AS I NEED.

He knows exactly what I need.
But I must understand my lack,
and ask even to the point of desperation
and utter contriteness and brokenness,
understanding that against God only have we sinned,
and I cannot change my heart — He must.

Such a heart the Lord will not despise (Psalm 51).

Verse 9 —
Jesus gives an invitation to the desperate.
Ask and keep asking,
and it will be given to you.
Seek and keep seeking,
and you will find what it is that you lack;
knock and keep knocking
and the door to heaven will open IN YOU.

Verse 10 —
It will happen, Jesus says!
Everyone who desperately asks, receives;
everyone who desperately seeks, finds;
for everyone who desperately knocks, the door WILL be opened.

Verse 11-12 —
A natural father,
when his son asks for something nourishing,
will give him what he asks for.

Verse 13 —
We know how to give good gifts to our natural children,
though our hearts still have in them a sinful nature (evil).

HOW MUCH MORE
will your Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?

He is your Father.
He is perfect.
He is in heaven, on His throne, in absolute power.

The Holy Spirit is our Heart Changer.

The Holy Spirit is the one who makes us partakers of Christ’s nature,
and wipes away the sin nature in us.

The Holy Spirit is who we, God’s children, must desperately ask for.

The Holy Spirit is who we, God’s children, must desperately seek.

The Holy Spirit is who we must desperately knock on His door to receive.

The Holy Spirit is who we lack.
He will hallow us on the inside,
He will fill our hearts with God’s holiness and love.
so we will revere and love God with His actual love.

The Holy Spirit will establish the Father’s kingdom in our hearts,
so that we delight to do His will (Psalm 40:8),
and so that we have no one in heaven or on earth but God (Psalm 73:21).

The Holy Spirit will give us changed hearts that readily and easily forgive     EVERYTHING and EVERYONE.
Period.

He will give us the Bread of life to give to others who are desperate.
By the Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son will dwell in us,
and we will share them with all who are likewise seeking.

When we pray this desperate prayer,
the prayer the Lord tells us to pray,
we are asking God for His Holy Spirit.
And He will answer our prayer.

This kingdom that He establishes in us is and will always be unshakable:

Hebrews 12:26 And  His voice shook the earth then, [at Mount Sinai] but now He has promised, saying, “ YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” [Haggai 2:6] 27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes  the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.  28 Therefore, since we receive a  kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us  show gratitude, by which we may  offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;  29 for  our God is a consuming fire.

The kingdom of God that He establishes,
the kingdom we must pray to receive,
the kingdom we receive when we ask our Father for the Holy Spirit,
is unshakable.
When God shakes everything, we will stand.

Paul writes to a church
that is not yet standing
but is troubled,
like today’s church.

1Corinthians 4:8   You are  already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you . . . 14   I do not write these things to  shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved  children. 20 For the kingdom of God does  not consist in  words but in power.  21 What do you desire?  Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?

I come today to you, O troubled church, in a spirit of gentleness.
You are lacking the one thing needful — the Holy Spirit.
I can tell by the things you do,
and by the way you pray.

O Christian, ask yourself:

Do I display God’s actual love, His joy, His peace,
His patience, His kindness, His goodness,
His faithfulness, His gentleness
and am I controlled by His Spirit? (Galatians 5:23-24)

Am I sinning?
Those who belong to Christ Jesus
have crucified the flesh [the sinful nature]
with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)

Do I still wrestle with the sinful nature, or is it dead?

Am I free, indeed (John 8:31-36)?

Will you see your lack today, O Church, O Christian?
Will you become contrite and broken before your Father in heaven?

You have nothing to give those who come to you.
Are you desperate to give them something?

Then ask, seek, knock, in your desperation.

He is a perfect Father! He will give you the Holy Spirit!

Then others will know you have been with Jesus
and that you are connected to God the Father
in a way they do not yet know.
They can tell by the way you pray.
And they will say, “Teach us to pray!”

HALLELUJAH!