Who Is This Man? (Mark 5, Jeremiah 17)

“And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was 12 years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.”  Mk. 5:42

Last week our church family experienced a great loss in the passing of one of our deacons, Rick Raines.  During my first three plus months here, his name has been mentioned more than any other.  I feel as if I have gotten to know him through not only personal encounters but through his precious wife Diane ,who adored him, as well as the many hundreds of people who have shared story after story of his life.  Through the years, Rich has made so much gospel impact on the lives of so many.  It is truly a joy to dedicate today’s bog to his honor.

Question, “is there anyone in your life that has truly become a great influence?” In Mark 5 we discover the stories of three individuals whose lives were greatly impacted by one man.  Here is a quick bio on each:

1.  A man who is living a life out of control.  He is so out of control that no-one could even keep him from hurting himself.  But then this man shows up.  Here is what Mark writes about his life after his encounter with this man, “Sitting there , clothed and in his right mind.”

2.  A woman who is living a life with extreme pain.  She is only getting worse day by day.  But this man shows up.  Here is what Mark writes about her life after her encounter with this man, “And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.”

3.  A 12-year-old girl who was beyond hope. She has died.  But this man shows up.  Here is what Mark writes about her life after her encounter with this man, “And immediately this girl got up…”

Think it through:

It would be so easy to get caught up in telling the stories of these people.  But we must look beyond their stories to the story of the man who did all these things.

Who is this man?  His name is Jesus Christ.  This man has authority over demons, demon possession, disease, and even death.

The first person who had been touched by Jesus went out into his city and began to proclaim how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.

My prayer last week was for Jesus name to be made famous in the home going of Rich Raines.  His life was as it was because years ago he met this man, Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus power, Rich is cancer free today. He is more alive than ever before.

Diane’s life will continue with much determination and success because she too met this man, the God-man, Jesus Christ.  Please pray that every day Diane and her family will experience life with the man.

Our response:

May we know the man the way Rick Raines knew the man.  Rick we will see you soon!!!

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