Mark Chapter 5
Imagine being this man possessed by an unclean spirit living among the tombs. The local people’s lives are so interrupted by this sick man that they repeatedly try to restrain him. He has no friends, and by now his family has probably also given up on him. He was, as we say, a lost cause.
Imagine being the woman who hasn’t stopped bleeding for twelve years. She’s ceremonially unclean; nobody is allowed to touch her, even if they wanted to. She’s spent all of her money on treatments that don’t work, and nobody can figure out how to fix her.
Imagine being the man whose daughter has just died. In Numbers 19 it says that anyone who touches a dead body will be ceremonially unclean for seven days—now the man is not only grieving the loss of his daughter, but he cannot touch her without becoming unclean himself. He is experiencing deep loss.
Jesus doesn’t avoid any of them. In fact, He gets close to them. “Unclean” is not a label that deters His love and healing, because He sees the person behind the word. What labels do we use as an excuse to avoid people?
Jesus never met a person that He decided was too far gone. We don’t see him giving up on people. Nobody was unworthy of restoration and human connection. Are there people in your world that you refuse to love because of a label you’ve given them? Ask God to give you eyes to see His children as He does—image bearers.