They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones.
Mark 5: 1-5 ESV
Now that the boat journey is over, Jesus reached Gerasenes. and in there they met a man who is possessed by a demon. Nobody in the village can handle this person anymore, and he is now left to live in the tombs.
That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
(Mark 1:32-34 ESV)
Jesus continues healing people and casting out the demons showing his authority as the Son of God. It’s probably a bit weird that Jesus would not permit the demons to speak of Jesus’ true nature, but it’s so that Jesus can control the way in which people will come to know who he really is.
And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. (Mark 1:29-31 ESV)
And not only that Jesus is capable of driving out evil spirits, Jesus also has the authority to heal people’s sickness :)
Also not many people know this, but Simon Peter was actually married since he had a mother in law :D
Jesus Calls the First Disciples Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:16-18 ESV)
Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men. The first disciples Simon and Andrew immediately left their current job and identity and followed Jesus, for what is more worth? Getting fish and a full stomach for a day? Or to save souls for eternal life? :)
Hi there! Christmas is approaching! I’d like to tell a story about Jesus :D The reason why we have a reason to celebrate Christmas, only in his death and resurrection we find forgiveness from God. Most of us think that we know who Jesus is, most of people might have heard the name Jesus, we might think that we know who Jesus is, some of us think he is a good teacher, a lunatic, a fiction, a good person, God, son of god but that’s not necessarily who he is or a complete picture of who he is. And the best place to find out the truth is of course to read from the original source. That’s why, let’s dig deeper into the book of Mark, I hope this will pique your interest to know more about who Jesus is and whether his existence has any impact to our life or not, or even important, your life. :)
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Leave a comment, my hope is that people will discuss about who Jesus is, our faith is not a blind faith, God gave us reason for a reason, we’re invited to discern the truth, and if God is the truth, what do we do?
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That’s how we call our grandma in hokkianese (or mixed hokkianese). She is to undergo coronary stent today, so please pray for her that she will have more time so that we can have chance to share her the gospel. So that she may have a hope of salvation in Jesus. ;_____________; On the side note, the other patients around her are very interesting, most of them are old people, and their characters vary. One is very cheerful and energetic, the other is wise, the other is a bit grumpy but quiet. My grandma? She is a bit unhappy as well being stuck in Sydney as a patient making her unable to go home to Indo, but she allows us to pray for her :)