When God Arrives...

Passage:Mark 5:21-43

Preacher: Ben Phillips

Category: Holiness

A sick woman, a dying girl, and a desperate father - these are the people who encounter Jesus in our Gospel reading from Mark 5. In this passage we see two remarkable healings, both of which are part of a bigger picture Mark is giving to us. After Jesus calms the storm in Mark 4, the reader, along with the disciples are left to ponder the question, "Who is this that the wind and seas obey him?" The answer is, "None other than God himself - YHWH, the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is now in our boat!" And when Jesus 'lands' on the shore, "When God Arrives", three significant things happen: the spiritual forces of darkness react, unclean-ness is undone, and death is defeated.