While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?Mark 5:35
Dear Church and Friends,
One constant in God’s plan is that faith is always tested. Last week we took a look at Jairus’ faith formed in the confession, “come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.” This week we will observe the testing of that bold faith.
Jairus faced crisis on two fronts that challenged his faith. The first was a soft crisis and the second a severe one. The soft crisis was the interruption of the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34). Jesus and the crowd were on their way to Jairus’ house, but everything stopped when the lady touched the hem.
Surely Jairus felt compassion for the poor woman, he probably even knew her from his time in the community, but his daughter was dying. He didn’t know how much time she had to live and Jesus was the only hope for a cure. This delay must have felt like it took a thousand years. Time a sweet little girl didn’t have.
His silence, however, tells us that he was trusting Christ. It must have been hard not to encourage Jesus to hurry up or to ignore the woman. The clock was ticking. Faith powers our ability to ignore the passing of time, and trust the Lord to work it all out according to his purpose.
The second crisis was severe. He received the report about his daughter’s death. The words of the messengers strike at the heart of his faith, “Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?” In other words, “what can Jesus do now?”
Before he has a chance to give up, Jesus puts his arm around him and said, “Be not afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:36). Believe what? His belief was “she shall live” based on Jesus laying his hands on the little one. Now “she shall live” takes on a whole new meaning.
- Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (John 11:25-26)
Jairus was still and didn’t say a word, he just followed. He followed Jesus to his house, and watched as he threw out the laughing mourners. He followed him into his daughter’s room, and watched as he told her to get up.
He believed. He didn’t pressure Christ or argue, he just quietly followed him despite the circumstances. His confession, based on his belief in Jesus, makes his story an outstanding example of faith under trial. No matter what you are facing today hold on to your faith in Christ Jesus.
Music: Christ the True and Better Adam by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa.
Prayer Request: Pray for the Cummings serving in Angola, Africa.
Craig’s Catechism: How The Church Is To Be Known?
- Question 301: How may we know this company externally? Answer: By the true profession of the Word and the ordinances.
- Question 302: What if these tokens are not found among them? Answer: Then they are not the Communion of the Saints.
- Question 303: May we with safe conscience join ourselves with these? Answer: No, for they are not the holy church of God where these tokens are not.
All my best,
And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.Mark 5:42
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