What Jesus Did! 'Just to Touch the Fringe' — Mark 6:53-56

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Jesus and his followers went across the lake. They came to shore at Gennesaret. They tied the boat there. When they were out of the boat, the people saw Jesus. They knew who he was. The people ran {to tell other people} everywhere in that area {that Jesus was there}. The people brought sick people on beds to every place Jesus went. Jesus went into towns and cities and farms around that area. And every place Jesus went, the people brought sick people to the market places. They begged Jesus to let them touch any part of his coat. And all the people that touched him were healed.
— Mark 6:53-56 NLT
Illustration of Mark 6:53-56 NLT —  They begged Jesus to let them touch any part of his coat.

Key Thought

Jesus' power is fully displayed through a whole series of ministry moments in this context. However, many more people than just the disciples realized Jesus had great power to heal, bless, and deliver from Satan. The crowds knew. They swarmed him. They anticipated his next move. They dogged his steps. They brought their sick to him. Jesus was the one who had the power and they knew it. The real question is whether we know it. Do we trust he has the power to help us in our time of need? Do we believe that his power is real or is it just a figment of an overactive religious imagination? I don't know about you, but I believe!

Today's Prayer

Lord God Almighty, thank you for giving Jesus all power and authority. I believe he is glorious, almighty, and powerful! May Jesus' power be displayed in my heart, my words, and my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 1:19-23
  • Hebrews 4:14-16
  • Ephesians 3:20-21


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.