17 March: Define “Transcendent Power”

Going about life in the 21st Century, it’s hard to believe what “transcendent power” could mean to me and, if it exists at all, what would it look like if 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.


Any time I read a story like this one in today’s chapter, for example, I’m reminded of the loss of my own dear son. [v21-24; v35-42] And yet, at the same time, I’m caught by this “walking example” of unlimited, supernatural, transcendent power displayed in three ways. This seemingly ordinary 1st Century carpenter, in today’s chapter, had power over the spirit world [v9]; over the physical world [v25]; and over the underworld. [v41-42] But while all this is fantastically astounding, there’s yet something else woven through it all, which is a greater example still, of a power that transcends everything else…

It’s as if all the unimaginable power of the Creator God, 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]  Finally, He showed transcendent power through infinite grace, when He restored LIFE to a female child – two things that put her into the category of “least important” in her culture.

Our Maker wants to bring transformational change to my life today too. His transcendent power is not likely to be as startling as the changes seen in the life of the madman, in today’s chapter. But wherever I am on my journey through this life, that same power has been given to empower me everyday to become an image of Himself…

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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 of today’s chapter.

Wondering what to say to the Creator of Transcendent Power? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]


   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[b]
  • 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 me, nor Your ear too dull to hear me. [Isaiah 59:1]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Open for me the gates of Your righteousness, Father God, and I’ll enter in 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’ve 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.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Sharing the Creator 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] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/node/133

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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