secrets of the kingdom. As I'm slowly going through the passages related to the kingdom of God I come across Mark 5. The word 'kingdom' does not appear in the text, so should I skip over it? Does this chapter relate to this topic? Yes I believe it does.
We should not overlook the connection between healing and the gospel of the kingdom of God that Jesus and His disciples proclaimed from town to town. See Matthew 4:23-25, Matt 9:35, Luke 9:1-2, Luke 10:9, Mark 16:15-18.
When the kingdom of God is present, people are restored, repaired, given new life and a fresh start.
Jesus was not simply saying believe and things will be better for you in the next life. It was more like: God's power is available to you here and now. Allow God to rule and reign in your lives now, enter the kingdom of God. And along with this message came visible and tangible signs where people were being set free from the powers of the kingdom of darkness and brought into the kingdom of light.
So back to the text at hand. Jesus spoke of the kingdom in Mark 4. Although Mark 5 does not mention the word 'kingdom', I believe he is giving a demonstration of the kingdom of God at work.
Jesus heals a demon possessed man. A man whose life was in ruins, is restored to "his right mind" by the authority of the King of Kings.
Jesus heals a woman who had been sick for 12 years. "She was free from her suffering." (vs 29)
And Jesus brings back to life a 12 year old girl who had died.
In this text are some words of comfort and challenge that mean a lot to our family: “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (vs 36) Ten years ago our daughter was really sick, in intensive care at the hospital for a week. The doctors said it was an atypical form of Kawasaki disease. I still can't look at the picture above without being flooded with emotions. We didn't know if she would make it. These words spoke to my wife during those days. And we just hung onto these words as if it was a promise to us. Don't be afraid. Just believe. We thank God for the healing He brought to our daughter.
Another important part of healing is this:
“Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” (vs 19)
Please don't ask me why God doesn't heal everybody. I assume there were some people in Jesus' day that still got sick and died. The same is true today. It is part of the human condition. I can't explain why God chose to restore my daughters health. I am thankful for all that the Lord has done.
Disclaimer: About This Blog
THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.