Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thurs., 2/2/17 Devotion (Mk. 5:6, 22, 33a)

Today's encouragement comes from Mark 5:6, 22, & 33a, where we read these words:

"When [the demon-possessed man] saw Jesus from afar, he ran and wor-shiped Him. . . . And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw [Jesus], he fell at His feet . . . But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before [Jesus] . . . "

In this one chapter of Mark's Gospel we find three people all bowing down to, and worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ. One of them is a troubled demoniac; another is a respected citizen (the synagogue ruler), and the last is an aver-age person with a severe medical need. All of them prostrate themselves be-fore the Messiah—desperate to be miraculously helped by Him.

So it is in the world today: everybody requires Jesus. No one is outside of the sphere of what only Christ can provide. Let us remember this today, as we deal with different people—whether they are in the church, or not.

[Puritan quote of the day: "Put your faith into action.  It is not having faith, but using faith that brings us into communion with God.” —Robert Harris, in, "The Way to True Happiness"]