Today’s chapter shows a walking example of transcendent power channelled into compassionate love…
READ MARK 5 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It’s very odd how suppressed memory can be like a raw egg. It’s firmly held under control by a thin yet solid shell, which hardened swiftly as soon as it saw the light of day. Now it sits neatly in the refrigerator of time – filed nicely, compartmentalised in perfectly moulded egg trays. Then, with no warning, you see something, smell something, bump into something, or read something and that thin shell breaks.
It spills a yolk of fluid thought all over the place. Unable to contain it, your vision clouds over and you’re right back there – as if reliving every details in graphic vibrancy after being caught up and transported into some sort of time warp….
As I knelt next to the body of my dead son, I wondered: if only it was as easy as taking him by the hand and telling him to wake up. [v41-42] I even saw life rippling across his face as I kissed him on the hair just above his ear. It was a never-to-be-forgotten moment and I wrote about it in both my books. It’s a moment that will flood in from memory archives, any time I read a story like this one in today’s chapter. [v21-24; v35-42] But what really caught my attention was the walking example of unlimited, supernatural, transcendent power displayed in three ways:
Jesus had power over the spirit world, when He healed a man who was possessed with a legion of demons. [v9] He had power over the physical world, when He instantly healed a lady who had, for 12 years, suffered greatly at the hands of many physicians. [v25] Finally, He had power over the underworld, when He raised a child to life. [v41-42]
But while all this is fantastically astounding, there’s yet something else woven through it all to bind these stories together. It’s as if all that unimaginable power is deliberately harnessed, then focused into a single laser beam of unadulterated compassionate love. Jesus showed unlimited compassion, when He clothed the demoniac and restored him to his right mind. [v15] He showed unrestrained love, when He called a social outcaste: “daughter”. [v34] He showed transcendent power poured out as infinite grace, when He restored LIFE where only death could reign.
As I’ve personally experienced: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail… Though He may bring grief, He will show kindness, so great is His unfailing love.”[a].…Read More… CLICK on “17 March – Additional Notes”
But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think God is saying to you, through today’s chapter.
THE LORD’S PRAYER: Have you ever wondered what to say to God? This section has four parts and uses the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to pray.[b]
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
Worthy are You, Lord, the Lamb who was slain! You receive power and riches, wisdom and might, honour and glory and praise! [Revelation 5:12]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for the people of Brazil[c]
Your Country: Those working in the Parole System
Yourself: Ability to choose what’s right
Your concerns for today
Surely Your arm, O Lord, is not too short to save, nor Your ear too dull to hear. [Isaiah 59:1]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Open for me, Lord, the gates of Your righteousness and I will enter and give thanks to You. [Psalm 118:19]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far by Your grace? [1 Chronicles 17:16]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[d] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Giving God’s Good News
Jesus said: “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” [Matthew 28:19]
[a] Lamentations 3:22&32
[b] Matthew 6:5-15
[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31