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Confronting Fear

Jesus takes his disciples across the lake in the storm to “the other side” – the eastern shore where the unclean Gentiles live.

It’s not far from their home on the western shore, but they have probably never been there before, it is too “other” for them. They survive the storm, arrive at midnight to a graveyard and are welcomed by a naked, violent, demonised man and a herd of pigs. Everything that their good Jewish mothers warned them about! They are filled with fear (Mark 4.35-5.5). Jesus takes them on this journey in order to bring their fear to the surface and confront it.

All humans have latent fear inside them as a result of the fall (Gen 3.10). But as long as you live on your comfortable western shore of the lake, you will not be aware of its presence or destructive power.

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