After a brief hiatus we are back in business effective immediately. So grab your coffee and a bible and lets jump back into the Gospel of Mark
The topic of healthcare is dominating the headlines right now. You can’t turn on a TV, a radio, or read the newspaper without healthcare coming up. I certainly do not want to take up this topic. However, the current national debate over healthcare is another reminder that we as human beings are by nature frail. Sickness, disease, and even death are all everyday occurrences in our world. We are all affected by it!
In the midst of all this frailty it can sometimes feel like God is really far away. And as we deal with human frailty in our own lives it is very easy for us to loose sight of God’s power. We have a hard time processing human frailty. Thankfully, the bible is not silent on this issue. In fact, as we look at Mark 5 this morning we are jumping into the middle of a section that is all about the power of Jesus. Specifically, in Mark 5:21-43 we will see that the power of Jesus intersects with our lives in a most personal way. You might say that this passage is “where the rubber meets the road” with respect to the power of Jesus. Look at what the passage say:
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 h Then came one of i 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 j lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and k thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman l 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 m And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her n disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that o 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, p your faith has made you well; p go in peace, and be healed of your n disease.”
35 While he was still speaking, there came from q the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why r trouble s the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing  what they said, Jesus said to q the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except t Peter and James and u 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, v “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but w sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he x 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. 41 y Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, z 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 a he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Here we are reminded that no matter who you are human frailty will affect your life, and you will need the power of Jesus. In this passage we see two aspects of Jesus’ power over human frailty:
- 1. Jesus’ power over sickness. (vv. 21-34)
- 2. Jesus’ power over death. (vv. 35-43)
What is so amazing about this passage is that as we look at these two aspects of Jesus’ power we are going to see that this power goes beyond what Jesus can do for us physically. In fact, what we will see is that Jesus uses this power primarily to benefit individuals spiritually.