The Bible is the good book filled with sixty six different books from the pen of individual authors. All under the direction and inspiration of the Divine Author. One unique book is the Gospel according to Mark. He emphasizes the preaching and teaching of the gospel message, not just as theological truth but as the power of God over evil. He doesn’t waste any time getting started. The Living New Testament begins the gospel with these words: “Here begins the wonderful story of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.” What follows are stories that show the power of Christ in word and deed.
In a short span recorded in chapters four and five we find that power evoking wonder, awe and hope in the lives of those touched by Jesus. One evening the Savior and the disciples took a boat ride across Lake Galilee. Worn out, Jesus went to sleep in the back of the boat during a terrible storm. His frantic followers awakened Him. Jesus arose and spoke to the lake which He created by a word, with these words: “Peace, be still.” and the sea quieted down and the wind ceased. The disciples were filled with awe and whispered among themselves, “Who is this man, that even the winds and waves obey Him?”
The calm was short lived, for on the other side of the lake they were greeted by a wild man possessed by demons and screaming in confusion. Jesus set him free and sent him home to his family and friends with these words: “tell them what wonderful things God has done for you; and how merciful He has been.”
Back on the boat to the other side Jesus is immediately met by a desperate father, a synagogue leader named Jairus. His little girl was sick, at the point of death. The trip to the home of Jairus was interrupted and delayed because a sick woman needed the touch of the Healer. When word came that the little girl had died, the messengers said there was no point in Jesus coming now. But Jesus ignored their comments and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just trust Me.” (Mark 5:36 NLT)
I am always inspired and encouraged by these stories from this section of the gospel. It reminds me that our Savior is indeed awesome, powerful and trustworthy.