Summary: Expository message from, the book of Mark series
The Miracles and the Ministry of the Messiah in the Book of Mark
Week 9: “The Impossible Becomes Possible When You Encounter Jesus!" (Mark 5:21-43)
Crossroads Community Church
Rev. Ricky A. Rohrig Sr., Founding Pastor
May 17, 2015
I talk with a lot of people in the course a week. Lately there have been several people that have brokenness, turmoil, trouble, or uncertainties that have challenged their faith, stretched them physically and emotionally, and may have even had them question what to do, why they are going through, or how they will handle it. One thing is for sure, life happens. Enjoy the mountain top experiences because life has its share of valleys too.
So many of the people I talk to, pray with and pray for are so consumed about everything that is going on around them, and concerned about others in their lives that they forget to take care of themselves. I want you to make sure if this describes you today or this past week, that you take the time to refuel your body with food, exercise, and plenty of rest and sleep. To refocus your priorities, and to recharge your spiritual battery by refocusing, rejuvenating, and rekindling your relationship with God on a regular basis.
Today’s a new day, a new opportunity, and another let go and let God, to love Jesus unconditionally, and the let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you. I have a word from the Lord for you today. I am going to be ministering and teaching from this thought, “The Impossible Becomes Possible When You Encounter Jesus!” Somebody needs to know that and let that resonate in your spirit today, “The Impossible Becomes Possible When You Encounter Jesus!” Turn to your neighbor and repeat after me, say neighbor, “The Impossible Becomes Possible When You Encounter Jesus!”
If you have your Bibles will you turn to the book of Mark, the 5th chapter starting at the 21st verse.
As you’re turning there let me set up the scene for you; Jesus has just come from casting out demons into a herd of pigs which Elder Jeff Ross preached on two weeks ago. Jesus instructed the man that he healed to go home and tell his friends what had happened. Now, Jesus is getting to be known in an area called Decapolis, a district of 10 cities east of Jordan and south of the Sea of Galilee.
In verses 21-43 we something unusual in scripture, we have two stories and miracles that are intertwined. This is the first of five times this happens in Mark’s gospel and is known by scholars as intercalation or more informally called Markan sandwiches. This is the premise of what we are about to see and hear; one story is started, a second story is told in its entirety, then the first story is finished. The result is a complex narrative in which these two stories interact with one another in important ways.
1. The Concern –Mark 5:21-24
21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.