“Mark 6:53–56 (ESV)
Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him 55 and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever
they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.
I remember watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and one of my favorite parts was the “Bring out your dead” scene. Almost like garbage, people in the village are bringing out the dead bodies in their houses and
laying them in the street. Much like a garbage truck coming down the street, the garbage man comes pushing a wheel barrow and collecting the dead bodies. He was crying “bring out your dead”. It is sick humor... but that is Monty
Python. One of the so called dead bodies responds “I’m not dead!" Well the garbage man kills him. This is not funny unless you see it... and like Monty Python. Never-the-less, people are bringing the sick out
into the streets, because they have heard that Jesus is coming. They are hoping that he will heal them or perhaps they can touch the “fringe of his garment.” Well, many were healed by touching. To be honest, it was becoming
more of a freak show and people were missing the message. Jesus can heal a person, or even raise the dead... but they will still die. It’s not permanent. However his message does bring “eternal life.” His message
is far more important than the miracles.
I pray: O Lord, it is easy for people to miss the point of Jesus ministry. Often people want to use the Lord for material possessions or for healing.
They only want what perishes and miss out on eternal life. Help us to reach out with a clear message of repentance of sins and receiving the forgiveness of sins won by our resurrected Lord. I pray for the Holy Spirit to work the seeds of faith
that have been planted. Amen.