Reaching Out in Faith for A Miracle
One day when Jesus was surrounded by a multitude of followers, a distressed ruler of a synagogue named Jairus pushed his way through the crowd and fell at His feet. With great urgency he pleaded with Jesus to come to his house. His young daughter was dying, and he knew that the Lord could heal her. Our always accessible Savior, full of compassion, immediately went with him, but along the way, a woman with a chronic disease “came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment” (Mark 5:27). Recognizing her touch of faith, Jesus stopped to heal her. It was just at that moment that Jairus received the news, that his daughter had died. Jesus, sensing his deep disappointment, said to him, “Do not be afraid; only believe” (v.36).
Sometimes in our own trials of faith, we experience disappointment and despair. At times it may appear useless to keep believing when things seem impossible. It’s often in those moments that we feel the need to take things into our own hands. We wonder, what’s the use of believing any longer? It’s at that point that we are often defeated, yet this is also the time when victory is at the threshold. Friends, never forget that we have an available, accessible Savor we can always call upon when things seem impossible. So, if you are discouraged today and ready to give up? Remember these words I heard from a wise old man many years ago, “Son, don’t quit before the miracle happens!” Folks, Jesus is still in the miracle business, so keep reaching out in faith and keep believing. Jesus is still stopping the bleeding, still curing the incurable and still raising the dead to eternal life.
Grace and peace always,
My sermon on Mark 5:22-43 can be heard at: https://anchor.fm/saint-barnabas-church/episodes/6-27-21---Fifth-Sunday-After-Pentecost-Reaching-Out-In-Faith-For-A-Miracle-e13hgtd