Vs. 6, “When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.” In this chapter we are introduced to three people who come to their knees before Jesus. The first event is the man who is demon possessed (vs. 1-20). In the other one of the accounts from the Gospel, we are told it was two men…Mark & Luke focus on the more demonsrtrative one. There was alot going on here with the demoniacs, but the overall lesson here is that Jesus is more powerful than Satan. We also have the account of Jarious whose daughter was dying (vs. 21-23, 35-43)…and his faith to come to Jesus in the first place. Lastly, we read of the suffering woman (vs. 24-34)…so much suffering that it prevented her to come to worship at the temple. But she would fight the disease for 12 years and make her way through the crowds to find Jesus.
Regarding application…God’s Direction. Vs. 19, “Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” It’s important to note that the man who was healed wanted so badly to come with Jesus, but Jesus said, “No”. Why? When Jesus told us to follow Him when He was alive, didn’t necessairly include actually physically following Him. This man was a living testimony of the power of God. Think of the encouragement he could bring to the region he lived in. And that was exactly why Jesus had him stay…because of this, many were amazed in seeing the man healed (vs. 20). When I think about my own life…many of you know I had grand dreams of dying in glory in the mission field, but Jesus told me “No!” He wanted me to stay behind and testify here. We have to trust and obey the Lord…no matter what answer He gives us!