The Power of Not Paying Attention

Mark 5:36 NCV

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

There are spectators and seekers.

We connect to Jesus when:

  • Life makes us desperate.

Mark 5:24-34 NCV24 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.“

  • We have faith.

When you have bad news, you can lose your faith or use your faith.

Mark 5:37-40 NCV37 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.

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