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WHO IS THIS? Mark 4:41

In the 4th and 5th chapters of the Gospel of Mark, one reads about several miracles performed by Jesus: the calming of the storm on the Sea of Galilee ( Mark 4:35-41), healing the demon-possessed man (Mark 5:1-20), healing the woman with a discharge of blood (Mark 5:24-29), and the raising of Jairus’ daughter from the dead (Mark 5:21-23, 35-43).  From these miracles it is clear that Jesus had power over the physical world, the spiritual world, physical illness and death.

 

Jesus declared that “all authority (power) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me” (Matt. 28:18).  Evidence for the validity of His claim is clear and abundant.  Yet so many people, in ancient times as well as today, wonder just who He is and by what power He said and did so many amazing things.

 

After giving sight to the man who had been blind since birth, the Pharisees were perplexed, and still refused to believe in Jesus.  They were told over and over again that Jesus was the one who had given sight to the blind man, but they still questioned the miracle.  Having been asked repeatedly, the blind man, perhaps sarcastically, asked the religious leaders, “Do you also want to become His disciples?”  They threw him out of the synagogue.

 

Some people haven’t changed much.  They claim to want to know about Jesus, who He was, what He did, How He did it, etc.  But it seems obvious that often they aren’t seeking truth, they are just looking for some way to confirm what they already believe, and do NOT believe about Him.

 

How can they know?  None of us was living during the time Jesus was on earth and we didn’t see for ourselves any of His miracles nor hear His profound proclamations concerning Himself and His word.  Fortunately, we aren’t without credible evidence that proves the truth about Him.  And the obligation for those of us who are believers in Jesus Christ is to help others come to know Him fully and accurately.  We are the salt and light of the world (Matt. 5:13-16).

 

Jesus commissioned His apostles to go into all the world and teach everyone all that He had taught them (Matt. 28:19-20).  Thus, each one who was taught was to then teach others (2 Tim. 2:2).  It is a big, but important task.  It is also a job that can indeed be accomplished (Col. 1:23).

 

In order to tell and show others the truth about Jesus, we must first know Him ourselves.  In 1 John 1, John affirms that his message is first-hand from his experience as a witness.  Our belief in John’s testimony allows us to then proclaim the truth to others.  Also, at the end of his Gospel, he notes that the signs of Jesus he recorded were so others may believe and have life in His name (John 20:31).

 

Do we boldly affirm with Paul that “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” (Rom. 1:16)?  If so, do we act accordingly?

 

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)