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Outline of Mark 6


  1. Rejection in Jesus’ Hometown
  2. 12 Disciples, 2-By-2
  3. Recap: John the Baptist’s Execution

    1. Herod confuses Jesus with John the Baptist
    2. Mark reviews John’s execution

  4. Jesus and the Disciples Go Into Seclusion
  5. Miraculous 5000-Man Buffet
  6. Jesus Walks on Water
  7. Jesus, Miracle-Healing Rock Star

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Full Authority

In verses 41-43, Jesus demonstrates that he has authority over death.

If your boss had true authority over death, would you question any of his other decisions?  I wouldn’t!

So why do I hold Jesus to a different standard?

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Really?!

The people mourning for the little girl who had just died weren’t able to contain their disbelief when Jesus arrived.

They “began laughing at Him” (NASB, v. 40a).

Would I do the same thing?  Would I be laughing derisively or hopefully?

Sadly, I think I’d just label Jesus a lunatic.

Until the girl woke up.

Then I’d be ashamed.

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Death is Not the End

In verses 35-36, we learn that the girl Jesus is going to heal has died.

From a human perspective, her death is the final step.  Nothing else will make a difference anymore.

But Jesus reminds the girl’s father  that death is not the final step.  Jesus can conquer even death!

This is an amazing promise.

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The Woman Subject to Bleeding

In verses 25-34, we learn about a miraculous healing.

This poor woman has been bleeding constantly for twelve years.  I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and hardship this would create.

On the surface, the woman appears to believe in the magical powers of Jesus’ robe.

However, Jesus clarifies and teaches the woman and the crowds that it is her faith, not superstition, that leads to her healing.

Do I trust Jesus enough to accept his healing in impossible circumstances?

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Jesus Honors and Honored by Jairus

After Jesus leaves the man healed of demon-possession, he again travels by boat to a new region.

In no time, people discover his location and mob him again.

Jairus, a synagogue offical, risks condemnation of the Jewish leaders and goes to Jesus to request healing for his deathbed-ill daughter.  When your own child’s life is on the line, your priorities and true beliefs come to the forefront.

Jairus wanted his daughter well more than he wanted the approval of his bosses.

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Jesus v. Legion

  1. Jesus and his disciples pull into shore after escaping the terrifying storm
  2. I wonder if people on the land recognized that Jesus had made the storm stop suddenly
  3. The man possessed by Legion came to meet Jesus as soon as he landed
  4. Evil is often more perceptive about spiritual matters than those who are uninterested
  5. This may be related to Revelation 3:14-16, in which Jesus tells the church at Laodicea that he wishes they were either hot or cold, not lukewarm
  6. Evil is physically powerful
  7. Kids who cut themselves are manifesting an ancient cry for spiritual help
  8. Legion begs Jesus not to torture them
  9. Jesus is responsible for torturing demons?
  10. Hell is clearly torture, and Jesus is a prosecuting attorney of justice, so this is a consistent picture of Jesus’ holiness
  11. Jesus asked the demons’ names
  12. Even when facing evil, it is important to learn its names
  13. What makes names so important?
  14. Genesis 2:19-20: there is great power and authority in a name
  15. Legion begs Jesus for mercy
  16. Do they realize that they’d shown the man they possessed no mercy?
  17. Do they care?
  18. Legion requests to be sent into a herd of pigs
  19. Pigs are an unclean animal to the Jews
  20. Legion limits their request to the immediate physical vicinity
  21. Why didn’t they ask to be sent to, say, Africa or South America? Why stay local?
  22. Are demons limited by spacetime the way that humans are? I thought that spirits weren’t bound in the same way as physical beings
  23. After the evil spirits possess the swine herd, the pigs stampede and drown in a local pond
  24. Where do Legion go after the pigs die?
  25. The man possessed by Legion experiences an immediate healing
  26. The townspeople are unimpressed by this miracle and beg Jesus to leave
  27. It appears that the people in this region were more concerned with pork profits than with the spiritual and physical health of the possessed man
  28. These priorities are messed up
  29. A single human is worth more than a whole herd of pigs
  30. A single human is worth more than any amount of profit
  31. A single human is worth more than x because humans are “created in the image of God” (cf. Genesis 1:27)
  32. Jesus sends the healed man away, despite his pleas to travel with Jesus
  33. Not every person who wants to serve Jesus in full-time ministry will be accepted, even if his motives are pure and his experience clear
  34. God’s plans cannot be fully understood here on earth
  35. However, we can trust that God’s plan is the best, no matter what life throws at us!

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