Faith: Jesus and the Incurables

SERIES: Overcoming the Roadblocks to Destiny – Get Them Out of Your Way and You’ll Be on Your Way

Mark 5:21-43 NCV

21    When Jesus went in the boat back to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him there.

22    A leader of the synagogue, named Jairus, came there, saw Jesus, and fell at his feet.

23    He begged Jesus, saying again and again, “My daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so she will be healed and will live.“

24    So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed Jesus and pushed very close around him.

25    Among them was a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years.

26    She had suffered very much from many doctors and had spent all the money she had, but instead of improving, she was getting worse.

27    When the woman heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his coat.

28    She thought, “If I can just touch his clothes, I will be healed.“

29    Instantly her bleeding stopped, and she felt in her body that she was healed from her disease.

30    At once Jesus felt power go out from him. So he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?“

31    His followers said, “Look at how many people are pushing against you! And you ask, ’Who touched me?’ “

32    But Jesus continued looking around to see who had touched him.

33    The woman, knowing that she was healed, came and fell at Jesus’ feet. Shaking with fear, she told him the whole truth.

34    Jesus said to her, “Dear woman, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace; be healed of your disease.“

35    While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of the synagogue leader. They said, “Your daughter is dead. There is no need to bother the teacher anymore.“

36    But Jesus paid no attention to what they said. He told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.“

37    Jesus let only Peter, James, and John the brother of James go with him.

38    When they came to the house of the synagogue leader, Jesus found many people there making lots of noise and crying loudly.

39    Jesus entered the house and said to them, “Why are you crying and making so much noise? The child is not dead, only asleep.“

40    But they laughed at him. So, after throwing them out of the house, Jesus took the child’s father and mother and his three followers into the room where the child was.

41    Taking hold of the girl’s hand, he said to her, “Talitha, koum!“ (This means, “Young girl, I tell you to stand up!“)

42    At once the girl stood right up and began walking. (She was twelve years old.) Everyone was completely amazed.

43    Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell people about this. Then he told them to give the girl something to eat.

Faith begins with…

I. Desperation

II. Information

Romans 10:17 NCV – So faith comes from hearing the Good News, and people hear the Good News when someone tells them about Christ.

III. Identification

What matters is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith.

IV. Representation

2 Corinthians 8:9 NLT – You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 MSG7 Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! 8 At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, 9 and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. 10 Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

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