I can’t help but notice the theme of super natural power. Mark hasn’t focused on Jesus’ message much compared to His actions and authority over unclean spirits and disease.
The same is true in what He passes on to His disciples:
“They went out and preached that men should repent. And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.” (6:12-13)
Compared to the book of Matthew, there aren’t a ton of red letters in this gospel. When He does speak, it’s through parables. What was setting Him apart from other rabbis with something to say, was this power and authority.
Unclean spirits couldn’t help but shout. An unclean woman is made clean, just by touching His clothes.
Everywhere He goes, people are lining up their sick, diseased and dying. I’m not sure how much of this I would have wanted to be around for. A trail of stained mats and the lingering smells of the once rotting? No thanks.
However, I think my eyes would have been glued on Him. My ears would be perked. What will this man say? Is there anything He can’t do?
Jesus was an incredible mixture of power and compassion. We often see power used for self promotion and the oppression of others. Instead, He is quietly healing everyone who approaches.
Instead of making any further comments or observations, I think I will invite you to take time and meditate with me on the power of healing; along with the power over demons. What does this say about Jesus?
What are your thoughts?