The Sign Language of Jesus

There was no escaping the fact that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah because to be the Savior of the world He had to be the Christ, the Anointed One.  But Gentiles hearing the story, as wonderful as it was, must have questioned where they fit in the story, which brings us to our text.  Found only in Mark’s Gospel, this passage—along with the preceding passage and the passage that follows—highlights the ministry of Jesus in mostly Gentile territories where Gentiles were sincerely seeking Him.  Like the Jews, when their faith was sufficient to believe, Jesus could and would heal and deliver Gentiles as well.

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DELIVERANCE FOR THE DEMONIAC

They had come through the storm in the night only to land in an area most devout Jews would have avoided if at all possible.  But here they are, and what is the first thing that happens as they get out of the boat?  A shrieking, streaking demon-possessed man comes running toward them from the hills where the dead were buried and a very large herd of swine was grazing. 

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The Power of Your Testimony

We live in a world of hurting people, wounded people who think no one cares and who believe we will not look beyond their sins to offer compassion and concern rather than criticism and condemnation.  We can care about sinners without condoning sin, and we love the lost without approving of their lifestyle.  They are in the darkness, so we must be the light that draws them to Christ.  Only He can transform their lives into something beautiful.  We know He can, because for that’s our testimony.

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The Truth and Nothing But the Truth

One of the reasons I love the First Epistle of John, is because of the opening verses of the Epistle. Look at them with me. They are so powerful in the way the apostle asserts the truth of Jesus Christ. Notice the way John repeats himself to powerfully argue the empirical nature of the evidence. What John has to say is not hearsay; it is not some philosophical treatise or mere speculation based upon some vague vision or hysterical reports of the woman who came running to them from the tomb.

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