Braving the Crowds to Cry Out In the Presence of Jesus: Finding Healing In the Context of Crowds

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as recorded by John Mark. More specifically, today’s passage is found in the first thirteen verses of the sixth chapter. When you come to this particular passage of scripture you will find Jesus having just raised a young girl who was twelve years of age from death to life. If you read the previous portion of scripture found within the New Testament gospel of Mark you will find two distinct miracles of Jesus, which thought they pertained to and included two unrelated parties were intrinsically linked to each other. If you read the latter and final portion of the fourth chapter of the gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ you will find that after Jesus has driven out the legion of unclean spirits and devils which oppressed, tormented and possessed the man from the region of the Gerasenes Jesus then enters into a ship with His disciples and returns where He had just come from. What’s unique and interesting about Jesus crossing over to the other side was that He was almost immediately met by many people who gathered themselves to Him and thronged all about Him. Perhaps one of the most interesting and intriguing realities surrounding the miracles which Jesus performed among men during the time of His life and ministry is that more often than not His miracles took place in the context and setting of crowds and people. If you study the New Testament gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ you will find that more often then not Jesus was thronged and met by multitudes of people, and either He healed all those who came unto Him, or there were those individuals who pressed their way through the crowds in order that they might make their way into Jesus so they can receive that which they’d so desperately yearned for and desired. The more I read the gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ the more I am absolutely and incredibly captivated and amazed by the fact that there were those times when men and women received that which they desired among others within a great crowd who also desired, longed for, and yearned for healing, wholeness and deliverance, and there were other times when there were those individuals who separated themselves within the crowd and received their healing Independent of the crowd, and yet directly in the midst of the crowd. There were those times when men and women—though they came with and as part of a multitude of people—separated themselves from the rest of the crowd in order that they might receive that which they desperately desired for within their hearts and lives.

As I sit here and consider the gospel accounts of the life and ministry which I have thus read so far, I can’t help but be captivated by the fact that there were times when healing and wholeness was received as part of a corporate reality and within a corporate setting. Please note and understand that what I mean by this is that there were times when men and women received that which their hearts and that which their souls and physical bodies longer and yearned for among countless others who revived healing and deliverance in their own lives. There were times when great crowds and great throngs of people gathered themselves before and around Jesus, and they together with countless others received healing within their physical bodies, and even deliverance from demonic and satanic oppression and bondage. With that being said, there were other times when men and women came as part of a great crowd of people who gathered themselves before and around Jesus, and in that corporate setting found themselves crying out to Jesus before and in the midst of all those who had themselves gathered before and around Jesus. ARE YOU WILLING TO STAND IN THR MIDST OF THE CROWD? ARE YOU WILLING TO CRY OUT IN THE MIDST OF THR CROWD? ARE YOU WILLING TO BE OPEN AND HONEST IN THE MIDST OF THE CROWD? Perhaps one of the greatest realities I can’t help but be absolutely and incredibly captivated by when reading the gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ is that there were multiple times when men and women not only had to make their way through the crowd in order that they might come unto and unto the presence of Jesus, but there were those times when men and women needed to stand in the midst of the crowd and simply call out unto Jesus. There were times when men and women needed to face and brave the crowd in order that they might find their way into the presence of Jesus and ask for that which their hearts and souls desired. BRAVING THE CROWDS TO CRY OUT BEFORE JESUS! BRAVING THR CROWDS TO COME INTO THE PRESENCE OF JESUS! One of the most important realities which we find when reading the gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ is that more often than not He was surrounded and thronged by cowers of people who desperately and earnestly desired that they might be healed and made whole of that which had so plagued, tormented and oppressed them within their lives.

The more I read and the more I study the gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ, the more I can’t help but notice the reality of healing in a corporate setting and a corporate context. While there were those isolated instances when men and women experienced and encounters Jesus away from the crowds such as the man who was born blind—more often then not men and women who found and made their way into the presence of Jesus had to do so as part of the crowd which gathered themselves unto Jesus, or they had to make their way through the crowd in order that they might enter into the presence of Jesus. MAKING YOUR WAY WITH THR CROWD! MAKING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE CROWD! I am absolutely and incredibly captivated with and by the fact that if you read and study the miracles which Jesus performed in the lives of those who found their way unto Him and unto His prudence took place in the midst of crowds of people who had themselves gathered before and unto Jesus. There are examples upon examples of men and women who made their way unto Jesus as part of a much larger crowd in order that they might come unto Jesus and receive healing and deliverance within their lives, and there were other times when men and women had to make their way through the crowds and so separate themselves within the crowd in order that they might receive that which their hearts and souls desired, yearned and longed for. Time and time again within the four gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ we find men and having coming into the presence of Jesus in the midst of and with crowds in order that they might receive healing and deliverance within their lives. Though it is not mentioned within the gospels I can’t help but believe that there were times when men and women came in the midst of and came among the crowds with others in order that they might receive healing and deliverance within their lives. What I mean by this is that there were times when I am sure husbands and wives came together in the midst of and as part of a crowd of people in order that they might receive healing and deliverance within their lives. I am sure there were times when friends came together as part of a much larger crowd in order that they might receive that which they so desperately and earnestly desired and longed for. There were those times when I am sure there were men and women who came by themselves as part of a crowd of people and they completely and absolutely alone without anyone accompanying them. I am sure there were times when men and women came as individuals Independent of others in order that they might somehow receive that which their hearts and souls desperately yearned for and desired. It may very well be that they sought to be accompanied by friends, and/or perhaps even family members, and yet neither their friends, nor their family was willing to come with them into the presence of Jesus. As a direct result of either their friends, or their family, or perhaps both being unwilling to come into the presence of Jesus, they were forced to make their way unto Jesus, and to do so as part of a much larger crowd.

There are two distinct passages found within the gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ which I am convinced perfectly and powerfully illustrates this reality perhaps more than any any other passages found within the gospels. If you read and study the New Testament gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ you will find the account of the man who was brought by his four friends in order that they might bring Him into the presence of Jesus and present Him unto Jesus that he might be made whole, healed and restored. There is another account found within the gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ which is actually first found in the New Testament gospel account written by the apostle Matthew concerning the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years. I have to admit that as I sit here this morning considering the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ, I am incredibly and absolutely captivated with and by the fact that more often than not if you wanted to experience healing within your physical bodies, if you wanted to experience restoration within your life, if you wanted to be made whole of that which plagued and that which oppressed you, if you wanted to experience deliverance from that which held you in bondage and captivity, you needed to make your way into the presence of Jesus, and do so as part of a crowd. BRAVING THE CROWD TO GET TO JESUS! BRAVING THE CROWD TO MAKE YOUR WAY TO JESUS! BRAVING THE CROWD TO FIND YOURSELF IN THE PRESENCE OF JESUS! I can’t help but be drawn to these two distinct passages of scripture in order to help illustrate this point of healing and deliverance in a corporate setting and context, and to present such realities unto you. Permit me if you will to present unto you the realities which are found in the New Testament gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ concerning the man who was brought into the presence of Jesus, as well as the woman who had the issue of blood for twelve years. Consider if you will each these accounts, and consider them in the context and setting of finding healing in a corporate setting and within a corporate context. Interestingly enough both of these passages and both of these references are found within the New Testament gospel of Mark—the first which is found in the second chapter of the New Testament gospel, and the second which is found in the fourth chapter. Consider if you will the account of the man who was sick with the palsy and brought into the presence of Jesus by his four friends, as well as the account of the woman who had the issue of blood for twelve years who made her way through the crowd:

“And again He entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and He preached the word unto them. And they come unto Him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of our. And when they could not come night unto Him for the press, they uncovered the roof where He was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, He said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion” (Mark 2:1-12).

“And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto Him: and He was nigh unto the sea. And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw Him, he fell at His feet, and besought Him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she might be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him: and much people followed him, and thronged him. And a certain woman,w high had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I m ay touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plagued. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of Him, turned about Him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And His disciples said unto Him, Thou sweets the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And He looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him all the truth. And He said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. While He yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troubles thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And He suffered no man to follow Him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when He was come in, He saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed Him to screen. But when He had put them all out, He taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with Him, and entereth in where the damsel was letting. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Tailitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat” (Mark 4:21-43).

If you read each of these passages you will quickly notice one word that is present within both of them—one word which further illustrates this point of crowds and multitudes of people, and one word that indirectly links them together. When you read the account of the man who was sick of the palsy and who was brought unto Jesus by his four companions, and when you read the account of Jairus the ruler of the synagogue, as well as the woman who had the issue of blood for twelve years, you will find one single word which carefully illustrates this reality of Jesus being found in the midst of crowds and great multitudes of people. As you read and study these passages of Scripture you will find the word “press” mentioned in both passages and in both accounts of those who desired healing and wholeness within their physical bodies. Concerning the man who was sick of the palsy, Mark records and recounts for us that Jesus entered into a certain house, and when it was noised that He was in the house a great many people gathered themselves before and unto Him in the house, and so much so that there was no more room to enter into the house, and not even room about the door. When the four who had brought this man who was sick with the palsy saw that they could not make their way unto Jesus for reason of the press that was before and around Him, they improvised and made their way to the roof of the house with the man who was sick of the palsy in order that they might present Him before and present Him into the presence of Jesus. In the case of the woman with the issue of blood we read that as soon as Jesus came out of the ship which He and His disciples had used to pass back over the sea to the other side, He was almost immediately met with a great multitude and great throng of people who gathered themselves before and around Him. In the fifth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Mark we again find use of the word “press,” for Mark not only records how this woman with the issue of blood came in the press behind Jesus, but also touched the garment of Jesus and was immediately made whole within her physical body. What’s more, is that as you continue to read this particular passage and account concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ, you will find that Jesus actually turned Himself around in the midst of the press in order that He might find that woman who had touched His garment and had received healing and wholeness within her physical body. Pause for a moment and consider that reality, for while Jesus was being followed and thronged by countless people, He recognized and knew that power and virtue had flowed forth from His being into the life and body of another. While there were others who were thronging Jesus and pressing up against Him, there was one touch in particular that not only captured and caught the attention of Jesus, but also caused power and virtue to be released from the person and being of Jesus the Christ. There was one in particular who had so made her way through and one who had so made her way in the midst of the crowd in order that she might but touch the hem of Jesus’ garment that she might be made whole.

I am sitting here this morning and I can’t help but be absolutely and completely captivated with and by the fact that there were countless examples of men and women finding and experiencing healing and wholeness within their physical bodies, and finding it in the midst of the crowd. There were countless times when men and women had to themselves brave and weather the crowds of people in order that they might find and receive healing and wholeness within their physical bodies. What’s more, is that I can’t help but get the strong impression that there might very well have been men and women who were afraid of crowds, and who perhaps even couldn’t stand great crowds of people, and yet the desire within their hearts and the desire within their souls far outweighed their fear of crowds and their fear of people. There were men and women who were perhaps uncomfortable in the midst of the crowd, and yet the desperation within their hearts and souls became so great within them that it completely overwhelmed and overpowered their fear of crowds, and perhaps even their fear of people. I cannot help but be gripped and captivated by the fact that there were times when men and women had to be willing to brave the crowds and brave being found in the midst of the people for there were very few times when Jesus was not surrounded and followed by countless and multitudes of people. In fact, it might very well be said that if you wanted to experience wholeness and healing within your physical body, you had to be willing to associate yourselves with the crowds of people who gathered themselves before and around Jesus the Christ, for more often than not Jesus was found in the midst of the crowds. Oh, this particular reality is one that speaks tremendous volumes within my own heart and life, for there are countless men and women—including myself—who have sought healing, deliverance and wholeness independent of the crowds of people, and yet this simply is not the case. Before I go any further please note and please understand that I am in no way saying or suggesting that you cannot receive healing and deliverance alone in your prayer closet, and even in your own personal and private time of prayer, worship and devotion. I firmly believe that there are times within our lives when we can and in fact do experience healing and deliverance alone in our prayer closets as we cry out in desperation before Jesus in His holy presence. I do believe that it is possible to spend time in our personal and private times of devotion, and to Corey out with such passion and desperation before Jesus the Christ that we are actually able to experience and find healing, wholeness and deliverance. I believe that Jesus can meet us in our personal and private times of prayer, worship and devotion just as much as He can find and meet us in a corporate setting and within a corporate environment.

While I do believe that Jesus can meet us in our own personal and private times of prayer and devotion, I am convinced that there are times when we must be willing to brave the crowds of people, and we must be willing to inert ourselves in the midst of others in order that we might receive healing and wholeness within our lives. I am becoming more and more aware of the fact that there are times when the only way we can and the only way we will find and experience healing and deliverance within our hearts and lives is if we are willing to associate ourselves with crowds of people, and if we are willing to get over our isolationism and our desire to move and operate indecent of crowds of people. I am convinced that there are men and women who desperately and earnestly need to get over their fear of crowds and over their fear of people in order that they might make their way through and make their way with the crowds of people that they might experience the person, the presence and the power of Jesus the Christ. I am firmly convinced that there are times within our hearts and lives when we need to move ourselves out of our comfort zones—out of the comfort zones of independence and isolation—in order that we might make our ways through and make our ways with the great crowds of people who are all gathering themselves before and unto the person and presence of Jesus. There are times when we need to make our way with and make our way through the crowd of people and to firmly plant ourselves in the midst of the crowd, and from that place within and in the midst of the crowd we simply fall to our knees and cry out before, and cry out in the presence of Jesus for healing and deliverance. There are times when we need to get over ourselves and get over our fear of crowds and multitudes of people and simply allow ourselves to be open, to be honest, and to be vulnerable before and in the presence of Jesus in order that we might be healed, restored, delivered and made whole within our physical bodies and within our lives. There are times within our lives when we must make our way through the great crowds of people who have gathered themselves before and unto Jesus, and we must simply plant ourselves in the midst of the crowd and cry out with everything within us, saying, “Jesus, have mercy on me!” Oh, where are those men and women who are willing to brave the crowds of people, and who are willing to insert themselves among the people in order that they might find and receive that which their hearts, and that which their souls desperately and earnestly long for and desire? Where are those men and women who have so reached and so found themselves in a place of desperation that they are willing to do whatever it takes to enter into the presence of Jesus—including braving the crowd, inserting themselves in the midst of the crowd, and then once they are found in the midst of the crowd, planting themselves firmly before and in the presence of Jesus, and simply cry out with everything that is within them, saying, “Jesus, have mercy on me! Jesus, help me! Jesus I need you! Jesus, heal me! Jesus forgive me! Jesus, cleanse me!”

I absolutely love reading the New Testament gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ, for within them we find example after example of men and women who were willing to insert themselves in the midst of the crowd in order that they might be found in the presence of Jesus. Within the gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ we find men and women who perhaps would and could not find and experience healing, wholeness, deliverance and restoration apart from the great crowds of people which gathered themselves before and around Jesus the Christ. The gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ are replete with examples and accounts of men and women who perhaps under no other situation and circumstance would not be able to experience healing, wholeness and deliverance until and unless they were willing to insert themselves in the midst of the crowds of people and find that which their souls and that which their hearts truly longed for and desired. There were men and women who otherwise not find and experience the healing and wholeness they earnestly and eagerly desired were it not for their willingness to brave the crowd, insert themselves in the company and presence of others, and simply cry out with a loud voice in the presence of Jesus and in the company of others, saying, “Jesus, have mercy on me.” INSERTING YOURSELF IN THE COMPANY OF JESUS AND IN THE PRESENCE OF OTHERS! IN THE COMPANY OF JESUS & IN THE PRESENCE OF OTHERS! I am sitting here this morning and I can’t help but find myself being incredibly and increasingly challenged with and by the fact that I need to get over myself, and need to get over my own fear of crowds and my own fear of people in order that I might find myself in the presence of Jesus where His power and virtue are. There have been so many times when I have sought to remove, separate and even keep myself from the company and presence of others thinking and believing that I could find and receive healing, forgiveness, wholeness, deliverance and restoration within my life, and yet that which I have found is in fact the exact opposite. Is it possible that we are seeking independent of fellowship and communion that which can only be found in the context of corporate fellowship and corporate relationship? Is it possible that we have been seeking to find that which our hearts and that which our souls long for outside of, apart from and independent of corporate fellowship and relationship, and we have found ourselves being supremely disappointed, frustrated, and even hurt at not receiving that which we have so desperately longed and yearned for? Is it possible that we have been pursuing the reality of healing and deliverance outside of and independent of the context in which it is actually permitted to thrive, function and operate? Is it possible that we have been seeking and searching for that which our hearts and that which our souls yearn for and desire without and apart from the crowds, not realizing or recognizing that more often than not the healing and deliverance we so desperately yearn for and desire is found in the context of corporate fellowship and relationship?

I am absolutely amazed with and by the fact that time and time again men and women found healing and deliverance within their hearts and lives simply because they were willing to insert themselves in the midst of the crowds and simply cry out in the presence of Jesus that he might have mercy upon them. I am wonderfully and powerfully amazed and in awe of the fact that more often than not men and women found themselves experiencing healing and deliverance within their physical bodies, and within their lives simply because they were willing to brave the crowds and insert themselves in the company and presence of others. Oh, imagine what would happen if men and women weren’t afraid to insert and weren’t afraid to plant themselves in the midst of the crowd of people which gathered together on Sunday mornings in the house of the Lord, and within and from that place of corporate fellowship and relationship, simply cried out before and in the presence of Jesus. Imagine what would and what could happen if men and women not only inserted, but also intimately associated themselves with the crowds of people which gathered before and in the presence of Jesus in order that they might experience healing, wholeness, deliverance, freedom, redemption, restoration and everything their hearts and souls longed for and desired. I am convinced that there are men and women among us right now in this generation, and in the house of the Lord who might very well be desiring healing, restoration, redemption and deliverance, and yet they are unwilling to insert themselves in the crowds, and unwilling to brave the crowds in order that they might allow themselves to be vulnerable, open, and honest before others. I believe there is something to be said about one’s willingness to lay it all on the line and lay it all on the table in the presence of Jesus and in the company of Jesus, for there is something absolutely wonderful and powerful about vulnerability in a corporate setting and context. There is something truly attractive and truly appealing about our willingness to enter in among the crowds and to insert ourselves in the midst of the crowds in order that we might find that which we have been so desperately missing and longing for within our lives. There is something about a willingness to insert ourselves into the midst of the crowds, and to brave the great crowds of people which gather themselves before and around Jesus, and which throng Jesus in order that we might cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Oh that there would be a generation of men and women who would be willing to insert themselves in the midst of the crowds, and who would be willing to brave the crowds of people in order they might expose themselves and make themselves vulnerable in the presence of Jesus and in the company of others so they can emphatically and boldly cry out with a loud voice, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” I leave you with an emphatic and bold statement and declaration, and that simply is that it might very well be that until and unless you are willing to insert yourself in the midst of the crowd, and until you are willing to brave the crowds of people, you cannot, you might not, and perhaps even you will not find and experience that which your heart and soul desperately longs for and desires.

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