And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
Even the fringe…
It doesn’t take much when such power and promise is present, does it?
Case in point: the event that feuled the frenzy preventing even a few hours off for Jesus and his disciples can be traced back to a singular event—the healing of the tormented man who had previously lived among the dead in Gennesaret. He called himself Legion (Mark 5).
Healed by Jesus, he is told to return home to the friends who had come to fear him: “Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.” And he does: “he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed” (Mark 5:19-20).
Fast forward one chapter. Now the region that couldn’t get rid of Jesus fast enough can’t get enough of him, bringing their sick to him, begging for the healing Jesus provides before he even steps off the boat. Oftentimes the Spirit shows up in places that (at first) scare us, breaking norms and taboos, unsettling our tired assumptions and compromised systems. Yet, where God’s Spirit dwells is good news and healing and hope. What stories do you have to tell? Where do you see the Spirit? Let us go there. Rush to it!
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