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& MARK 4–5


Evening came, and Jesus was exhausted from teaching all day. He asked His disciples to get into a boat so they could cross the lake and get away from the crowds.

As they took off, Jesus went to the back of the boat, put His head on a cushion, and fell asleep. All of sudden, a terrible storm came up with strong winds and crashing waves. No matter how hard the disciples tried, they couldn’t keep the boat from filling with water.

The disciples ran to the back of the boat in a panic to wake Jesus, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

Jesus awoke, stood up, and said to the wind and waves, “Quiet! Be still.” As soon as He said this the wind stopped blowing and the sea became calm. Then Jesus asked them, “Why are you so afraid? Don’t you believe in me yet?”

The disciples just sat there amazed. They asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him!”

When Jesus reached the other side of the lake, a wild man filled with demons ran toward Him from a nearby cemetery. This man had been chained to some of the tombs to keep him from hurting people, but he snapped the chains from his wrists and ankles. Now he wandered around all day and night, screaming and hitting himself with stones. No one could control him because he was too strong!

As he approached, Jesus said to him, “Come out of this man, you demons!”

The man fell down in front of Jesus and screamed, “Why are you bothering me, Jesus, Son of God? Please don’t torture me!”

Then Jesus asked, “What is your name?”

“Legion,” the man replied, “because there are many of us inside of this man.”

Over and over the demons begged Jesus not to send them far away. There happened to be a heard of pigs feeding on a hillside nearby. “Send us into those pigs!” the demons pleaded.

Jesus replied, “All right, go!” The demons came out of the man and entered the pigs. The entire heard of 2,000 pigs immediately rushed down the steep hillside into the lake where they drowned!

Those who witnessed what had happened ran into town to tell everyone they could find. Soon the entire town came out to see what had happened. They were astonished when they saw the man fully clothed and no longer insane! Then the crowd begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone.

Jesus and His followers went back to their boat. As they were leaving, the man who had been filled with demons asked if he could go with them.

Jesus said to him, “You need to go back to your friends and tell them the great things the Lord has done for you and how He showed you mercy.”

The man went and visited towns all over that region, telling people about the great things Jesus had done. Everyone he talked to was amazed by what had happened.


When Jesus and His disciples went back across the lake, a large crowd was already waiting for Him on the beach.

One of the local Jewish leaders named Jairus ran to Jesus and fell down at His feet. He begged Jesus to heal his twelve-year-old daughter. “My little girl is very sick and about to die,” he cried. “Please come and heal her so she can live.”

Jesus went with Jairus toward his house, and the crowd followed behind them. Along the way some of Jairus’ friends stopped him, saying, “We just came from your house. Your daughter has died. There’s no use bringing the Teacher to your house now.”

Jesus ignored them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me.” Then Jesus told the crowd to stay back, and He only let three of His disciples, Peter, James, and John, come with them.

When they arrived at Jairus’ house there was a crowd of people inside weeping loudly. Jesus asked them, “Why are you crying? The girl is not dead—she’s sleeping.”

The crowd laughed at Him. Then Jesus sent everyone outside except for the girl’s parents and the disciples who were with Him. When they went into the girl’s room, Jesus took the girl’s hand and said, “Little girl, get up!”

Immediately the girl jumped out of bed and began walking around! Her parents were absolutely amazed! Jesus told them to give her something to eat and asked them not to tell anyone about what they’d just seen.



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