Mark 5* The demoniac healed. (1-20) A woman healed. (21-34) Thedaughter of Jairus raised. (35-43)1-20 Some openly wilful sinners are like this madman. Thecommands of the law are as chains and fetters, to restrainsinners from their wicked courses; but they break those bands insunder; and it is an evidence of the power of the devil in them.A legion of soldiers consisted of six thousand men, or more.What multitudes of fallen spirits there must be, and all enemiesto God and man, when here was a legion in one poor wretchedcreature! Many there are that rise up against us. We are not amatch for our spiritual enemies, in our own strength; but in theLord, and in the power of his might, we shall be able to standagainst them, though there are legions of them. When the vilesttransgressor is delivered by the power of Jesus from the bondageof Satan, he will gladly sit at the feet of his Deliverer, andhear his word, who delivers the wretched slaves of Satan, andnumbers them among his saints and servants. When the peoplefound that their swine were lost, they had a dislike to Christ.Long-suffering and mercy may be seen, even in the corrections bywhich men lose their property while their lives are saved, andwarning given them to seek the salvation of their souls. The manjoyfully proclaimed what great things Jesus had done for him.All men marvelled, but few followed him. Many who cannot butwonder at the works of Christ, yet do not, as they ought, wonderafter him. 21-34 A despised gospel will go where it will be betterreceived. One of the rulers of a synagogue earnestly besoughtChrist for a little daughter, about twelve years old, who wasdying. Another cure was wrought by the way. We should do good,not only when in the house, but when we walk by the way, #De6:7|. It is common with people not to apply to Christ till theyhave tried in vain all other helpers, and find them, ascertainly they will, physicians of no value. Some run todiversions and gay company; others plunge into business, or eveninto intemperance; others go about to establish their ownrighteousness, or torment themselves by vain superstitions. Manyperish in these ways; but none will ever find rest to the soulby such devices; while those whom Christ heals of the disease ofsin, find in themselves an entire change for the better. Assecret acts of sin, so secret acts of faith, are known to theLord Jesus. The woman told all the truth. It is the will ofChrist that his people should be comforted, and he has power tocommand comfort to troubled spirits. The more simply we dependon Him, and expect great things from him, the more we shall findin ourselves that he is become our salvation. Those who, byfaith, are healed of their spiritual diseases, have reason to goin peace. 35-43 We may suppose Jairus hesitating whether he should askChrist to go on or not, when told that his daughter was dead.But have we not as much occasion for the grace of God, and thecomfort of his Spirit, for the prayers of our ministers andChristian friends, when death is in the house, as when sicknessis there? Faith is the only remedy against grief and fear atsuch a time. Believe the resurrection, then fear not. He raisedthe dead child to life by a word of power. Such is the gospelcall to those who are by nature dead in trespasses and sins. Itis by the word of Christ that spiritual life is given. All whosaw it, and heard of it, admired the miracle, and Him thatwrought it. Though we cannot now expect to have our deadchildren or relatives restored, we may hope to find comfortunder our trials.
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