Mark 6:53–56 (ESV)
Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret
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.
Not long after Jesus’ disciples failed to recognize an unmistakable display of His divinity, the people
of Gennesaret show great faith by receiving Jesus and clamoring for His healing power. Even today, those new to the faith often exhibit more conviction than those who have known Jesus for a long time. It is good news, then, that Jesus remains devoted to us
even when our commitment wavers or fails. His resolve to suffer and die for all is ample proof of that.
I pray: Lord, give us the zeal of the Gennesaret believers.
May we ever press toward You, resolute in our conviction that You can heal and restore us. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1669.