On Wednesday High School Director Ian Wheeler shared from Mark chapter 5 verses 21-43. Ian highlighted Jesus’ power over death. Ian also gave strong reason for why we should spend time in God’s word and in prayer as it is how we communicate with the God of the universe.
21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him.
- One time I was driving the car in snow and got it stuck, I tried to get it out but broke the tail light pushing it. I needed help but I didn’t want to go talk to my dad because I was prideful. After some time I couldn’t put it off any longer I was just desperate to fix the situation so I went and told my Dad. Jairus is in a similar place. He has no control over his daughter situation, so he is going to the only one who can help. He had faith that Jesus had the power to save his daughter.
- Jesus has the power to help us he offers hope in times where there seems to be none. He is there for us but we tend to only seek him out when we are at rock bottom. It becomes easier to trust in Christ when he is all that we have to trust in. I challenge you to keep your dependency and hope in Christ in both good times and bad. I know this is hard, my prayer life is a struggle. It goes against our prideful human nature to deny ourselves each day. So how do we do this? We make time for our relationship with God. Tonight set aside just 5 mins a day to spend in prayer. This is. just a start. We spend time in prayer, we read his word to hear what he has to communicate with us. We then are filled with the truth that God gives and it provides a lens that we view life through.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
- Here we have this story within the larger story. There is a woman here who is a lot like the lepers that we read about earlier in Mark. This disease that she has would have made her unclean in Jewish culture. She would have been on the margins of society. We learn that she has had this disease for twelve years and she has spent all that she has on treatments. Her disease has only gotten worse. But she has heard of Jesus… She is in a hopeless place. She is out of money, out of society, and out of hope. But there is Jesus. Just like Jairus, She has come to Jesus because he is her last hope, and she is healed.
- January of 2017 I got a call from my parents that my grandpa had a massive heart attack. The whole left side of his heart was killed and only 20% of his right side was still working. We were all sure that he was going to die. Doctors continued to bring bad news and the next steps that they could do. He was in the hospital for almost two months. After many people praying and many operations God miraculously healed him. The doctors were astonished at how his heart had strengthened. My Dad who sees this kinda stuff in the ER every day was absolute amazed that he was alive. But the most amazing part of this story is that my grandpa was saved through this experience.
- I cannot promise that Christ will offer anyone the same miraculous physical healing that my grandpa exeranced or the woman but I can promise that Christ can bring the miraculous spiritual healing which is far greater.
- We have a disease just like this lady here. Its called sin. I don’t care who you are you have it and there is no doctor, no therapist, or anyone else who can help with this problem. We need a savior and the bible is very clear that Jesus is our only way to salvation.
- So what do we do? We place our faith in Jesus. Our only source of hope. If you haven’t done it yet, do it and if you haven’t remind yourself of the gift that salvation is.
30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
- I can relate with the disciples in this story. They have to just be amazed at Jesus at this point. Two weeks ago we read how Jesus was sleeping in the boat while getting splashed with water, last week he makes demons go into pigs and they run off the steep hill to their death. Now Jesus is in a crowed area and everyones touching him and he says “Who touched me?” I am sure they were just laughing inside.
- But what does Jesus do here? Jesus wants an encounter with this woman. He knows who she is, He is God he has formed her and knew her before she was born. He wants her to know that she is loved and cared for. He wants the same for us.
- We have the same out come as this woman. After we are saved through faith we can live a life that is full of a peace. This peace comes from the assurance we have in the sacrifice of Christ to cover our sins. How does that look in our lives? We are able to boldly live lives that look like Christ. We have peace when we face life’s challenges. How do we find this peace? Look at what God is doing in your life. After your 5 min of prayer think of 5 things that Christ has done for you. This will help us see Gods involvement in our lives so we can live in peace knowing that we are loved.
35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
- How sad is this. Some of the people from Jairus’s house come to bring him some terrible news. Jairus had been searching franticly to find Jesus so that he could get Jesus to come to his house to heal his daughter. That is sad but the response of the people breaks my heart. “Why trouble the “TEACHER” any further.” The Teacher?? You just interrupted a miracle! He just healed a woman who had been sick for 12 years and no human could help her. But you fail to recognize the God of the universe.
- Its so sad because myself and everyone in this room does this every day. We don’t even think about the things that God does for us each and every day. We sing a song sometimes here that says “Its your breath in our lungs so we pour out our praise to you only”. Do we truly understand that. At the end of Job God responds to his questioning by showing his majesty and his responsibilities in the universe. We need to stand in AWE of our God more often. We tend to put him in a box to be convenient for us and do not see him more than just a “teacher”, “helper”, “healer”, “way to heaven”.
- How do we stand in awe of God? We spend time in God’s word. We read about God and his character and his plan for us. It will blow your mind as you spend time in God’s word. Start or if your already doing it continue the Bible project reading.
36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was.
- Jesus answer is very simple but extremely complex. How are these people suppose to not fear in this situation? His daughter is dead. In their eyes its over. People have now lost all hope. She is gone, but Jesus continues and he comforts Jairus here. Do not fear, only believe. Jesus is on a mission and he knows more than we will ever know. He is going to complete his mission. That is true here and it is true in our lives today. Jesus will finish any work that he has started. This is another source of hope that we have in Christ.
- Why does he call in Peter, James, John, and the Parents? Jesus isn’t looking for fame. He doesn’t bring the body of the girl out and do some crazy stuff to be seen as an amazing healer. He calls in the disciples that he wants to give this revelation to and the parents. He doesn’t want to been seen as just a physical healer and he doesn’t want a bigger crowd. He has a big enough issue with the crowd as it is. We are in the same place we have been given the privilege of having God’s word to read and see the revelation of Jesus. We should rejoice in that!
41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
- In 2004 I was in a terrible car wreck. I can clearly remember so many details of that time and that day. I will never forget how it felt to have a by stander take me from the car and just held me until help arrived. There is such a power in physical touch. We have to remember that Jesus is God. The amazing great God who created everything to ever be in existence and he is extending his hand to touch this girl as he raises her from the dead. He even cares for her physical need of hunger.
- God has done the same for us through the gospel. He has steeped into time itself and clothed himself in flesh so that he could die, but as we have seen in this story it is not the death we have hope in, but the resurrection of Christ. We have hope because Christ is risen from the grave. Because Chirst has riven we now see the victory over sin and death. Jesus didn’t die later like the rest of the people we read of in the bible. He is now at the right hand of God having concurred sin and death so we can have hope no matter what because of Jesus power over death.
So what does this mean for us today?
– Set aside 5 min for prayer. Create a pattern of God dependency even when life is good.
- Remind yourself daily of the gift we have in salvation.
- Think of 5 things God has done for you. See God so we can experience his peace.
- Start and continue in the Bible project reading. Experience the God of the universe.
- In all situations find the hope of Christ power over death.