What Jesus Did! 'Jesus Loves Us All' — Mark 5:24

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

So Jesus went with Jairus. Many people followed Jesus. They were pushing very close around him.
— Mark 5:24
Illustration of Mark 5:24 — So Jesus went with Jairus. Many people followed Jesus. They were pushing very close around him.

Key Thought

We can easily make Jesus into a two-dimensional caricature of himself. He loved the poor, the weak, the downtrodden, the forgotten, and the marginalized and spoke harshly of those in power and of those who were hypocritical in their religion. Reality, however, dictates that we recognize that Jesus loves all people regardless of their social standing, economic circumstances, religious identity, gender, race, or background. Jesus came looking for those seeking God and recognizing their need for God's work in their lives. So Jesus goes with this man who is in many ways similar to those who will persecute, oppose, and ultimately demand his crucifixion. Why? Because he loves the man and because the man recognizes his need for Jesus' help. This understanding leaves you and me with two important messages. First, Jesus loves no matter what our background or past may be. He longs for us to admit our need for him and ask for his help. Second, as Jesus' followers, we are called to love all people, too!

Today's Prayer

Lord God, Sovereign over all creation and the Father of all nations, please open my heart and my eyes to love all kinds of people like your Son demonstrated during his earthly ministry and now does from heaven. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus went in the boat back across to the other side of the lake. There, many people gathered around him by the lake. A leader of the synagogue came to that place. His name was Jairus. Jairus saw Jesus and bowed down before him. Jairus begged and begged Jesus. He said, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her. Then she will be healed and will live." So Jesus went with Jairus. Many people followed Jesus. They were pushing very close around him. A woman was there among the people. This woman had been bleeding for the past twelve years. The woman suffered very much. Many doctors tried to help her. All the money she had was spent. But she was not improving. Her sickness was becoming worse. The woman heard about Jesus. So she followed Jesus with the people and touched his coat. The woman thought, "If I can touch his clothes, that will be enough to heal me." When the woman touched his coat, her bleeding stopped. The woman felt that her body was healed from the suffering. And Jesus felt power go out from him. So he stopped and turned around. Then he asked, "Who touched my clothes?" The followers said to Jesus, "There are many people pushing against you. But you ask, 'Who touched me?'" But Jesus continued looking for the person that touched him. The woman knew that she was healed. So she came and bowed at Jesus' feet. The woman was shaking with fear. She told Jesus the whole story. Jesus said to the woman, "Dear woman, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace. You will have no more suffering."

Mark 5:21-34

Related Scripture Readings

So Jesus came to them and said, "All authority (power) in heaven and on earth is given to me. So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach those people to obey everything that I have told you. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of the world."

Matthew 28:18-20

The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them."

Luke 19:10

You were all baptized into Christ. So you were all clothed with Christ. This shows that you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Now, in Christ, there is no difference between Jew and Greek (non-Jew). There is no difference between slaves and free people. There is no difference between male and female. You are all the same in Christ Jesus. You belong to Christ. So you are Abraham's descendants. You get all of God's blessings because of the promise {that God made to Abraham}.

Galatians 3:26-29


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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