When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. 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.Mark 6:53–56
Recently, my reading plan took me to Mark 6 and the account of the feeding of the 5,000. And later in the evening with Jesus walking on the water to the astonishment of the disciples. This vignette culminates then with a mass healing by the lake.
What really caught my attention this time in reading this, is the urgency that Mark portrays the people exhibiting in bringing their sick to Jesus to be healed.
“When they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, and ran about that whole country and began to carry here and there on their pallets those who were sick, to the place they heard He was. Wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and imploring Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured.”
Mark states that the people RAN to Jesus for healing. Not only did they run to him, but they ran about the whole countryside gathering the sick and no doubt spreading the word of the healing that Jesus offered.
Is there any better time than the present to share the good news with everyone that we can, about Jesus, the greatest physician that this world will ever see?! He truly offers the only solution to the ailments of mankind—whether they be spiritual, physical, mental, or emotional—Jesus offers an eternal cure.
If we had in our possession the known components of a vaccine for this virus, would we not be shouting it from the rooftops? Should we not then be sharing the cure that Jesus offers to mankind’s worst plague of all?
I’d love to hear any examples of sharing the Gospel that have been effective in your experience. Especially in this COVID-19 era. Please use the comment box below