Pastor Jacob gives a message about Jesus healing Jairus' daughter. From July 12th 2020
Sunday July 12th
A few announcements
I have been officially voted in as the Pastor of Christ Community, so I guess that’s pretty cool
The Board and I have been working together to come up with a new Vision & Mission Statement, along with some Core Principles, that will guide us as a Church, and be the bearing on our Compass, as we head out to the open seas of Ministry.
Sunday School will be starting back up in September;
We’ll be keeping the Pews sectioned off for Social Distancing, as long as possible
And we’ll keep everyone in the loop about everything that’s going on.
I will be working on getting the written Manuscripts from all of my Sermons, on to our website, so if you're the kind of person who would rather read, than watch or listen to, that will be available to you in the coming weeks.
I had ACL Surgery on Friday, so I am going to take it easy today.
My wife warned me to keep the Sermon simple, and not overdo it….. So today we arent going to get too deep into the numerous ramifications of the event were about to read about
Were going to take a passing glance at it, and maybe at a future date we’ll dig a little bit deeper.
If I fall over or pass out, please please please take a picture before you help me.
So, the Miracles of Christ.
Last week we talked about Jesus Healing the Woman with an Issue of Blood, and we mentioned right off the bat, that this miracle was sandwiched right in the middle of another one that Jesus was on His way to perform.
The healing of Jairus’ daughter.
If you have your Bible with you today, you can turn to:
Im going to read the entire narrative, which includes the verses from last week, because that will greatly help us as we set out to understand one of the truths that can be pulled from this section of Scripture
21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” 35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” 36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.”
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So Jesus brought someone back from the dead.
At this point in His ministry, Jesus has been doing some crazy things.
Healing blind people
Healing deaf people
Healing paralyzed people
He spoke to a thunderstorm and the storm listened to Him
But here, here we have something altogether different.
He brought a 12 year old girl back to life.
And this story, like weve mentioned, is the context in which He heals the woman with the issue of blood.
Some might read these things, and think:
“Oh hey, what a coincidence! This woman was sick for 12years, and this little girl is 12 years old.”
“This woman had a bleeding issue, preventing her from getting married and having kids, and this girl is at the age when (back then) her family would be in the process of finding her a husband so she can get married and have kids.”
“One had her metaphorical life taken from her, in that she was an unwanted outcast….and the other had her literal life taken from her.”
What a strange coincidence that these two stories are told at the same time.
What a strange coincidence that these two women, both needed Jesus to heal them.
I want to tell you today, that there are no coincidences in Scripture.
2nd Timothy 3:16-17 says that all of Scripture is “God-Breathed” the greek word is “theopneustos” ----- Breathed out by the Spirit of God
Every word of Scripture comes from the mouth of God
There are no literary ramblings, or wandering pens ---- God wrote the Bible--- and wanted us to read this girl’s story with this woman’s story smack dab in the middle.
We mentioned last week, that Jesus was orderly and controlled when He was here on Earth.
He wasnt just randomly wandering from one city to the next
Jesus didnt randomly spend a little bit of extra time with the woman with an issue of blood, resulting in Him being late to prevent the other girl from dying.
He didnt move extra slowly through those crowds, as if He wanted to move faster.
The Holy Spirit didnt randomly give these words to Mark to write on paper, and it just happened that these two stories that happened together, were written down together for us to study and learn.
Everything we read in Scripture, and everything in regards to how the Holy Spirit moves in this world, is ordered and intentional.
1st Corinthians 14:33 says that “God is not a God of disorder, but of peace.”
God is not chaotic and random
He is ordered and in control
You see, when Jesus had just finished healing the woman with an issue of blood, is when the people from Jairus’ house came with their sad announcement.
And how did Jesus respond?
He didnt snap His fingers and say
“aw shucks, I was too late, now im going to have to go and perform a miracle.”
He didnt scold the people that were all around Him and preventing Him from sprinting
He didnt yell at the woman with an issue of blood for taking up His time, and now it’s her fault that this little girl has died because she stopped Jesus along the way.
What did He say?
We can read this in verses 33-36
33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” 35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” 36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
He responded this way, because God is utterly and completely in control of everything.
It was no accident that Jairus saw this woman with an issue of blood getting healed---
He would have been right there, next to Jesus, as the woman reached out and grabbed His robe
He would have been right there when she made her confession
It was no accident that he was there, walking with Jesus, his nerves probably a mess---
I know mine would be if my daughter was on her death bed, and God wasnt sprinting to go and heal her.
I would be urging God along, always a few steps ahead of Him yelling out
“Hurry up God--you dont understand the severity of this situation”
“Hurry up God -- if you only knew how important this is to me”
“Hurry up God -- why arent you moving as fast as me, with as much fervor as me?”
“Hurry up God! This situation in my life is so important and ive come to you for help and assistance, I know you can do it, I believe in you, so why arent you up here with me? Why am I so many steps ahead of you?”
I’d like to ask everyone here this morning----
“Are you walking a few steps ahead of God, in your personal life with Him?”
“Are you sprinting so incredibly fast into what you think God is doing, that you end up looking back at Him?”
Do you find yourself saying to God:
“What are you waiting for?”
“I know this is your plan for my life, I know Ive heard from you, so why arent you moving as fast as I am?”
If you find yourself asking these questions, my advice to you is this:
“Let God set the pace of your life.”
Dont move faster than Him
Dont move slower
Dont get hung up on mistakes when He moves forward
And dont overlook the present when He doesnt move forward
“Let God set the pace of your life.”
You see, because Jairus was there, when Jesus healed the woman with an issue of blood---
His faith would have been stirred up
He would have been a nervous wreck----
Memories of His daughter constantly playing in his mind----
Her first word
Her first step
That look she gets when shes trying to be cute to get something that she wants
Her getting sick
The doctors not helping
Her getting weak
Coughing and wheezing and being short of breath
The image of his 12yr old daughter, laying at the point of death, would be brushed aside when He saw the miracle of Jesus healing the woman with the issue of blood.
And that happens to all of us.
We see God move in other people’s lives --- --- and in other peoples stories, and we think that it means that there is something good in store -- -- for us.
God helped them----He MUST have something for me!!
God moved in this way in their life-----He MUST have something for me!!
And when we dont see God move in our life---in the same way He has moved in other people’s lives---we get angry, bitter, and hurt.
God helped them….what about me?
God brought all these good things into their life…..what about me?
God saw them through this dangerous and depressing situation…what about me?
Are they better than me?
Are they holier than me?
Am I just some low life on the sidelines that God doesnt actually care about?
Why do they get the miracles and the good stuff, while Im sitting over here scraping to get by?
“Let God set the pace for your life.”
And “Let God set the course of your life.”
Dont compare other people’s experiences with your own
Dont contrast other people’s failures or successes against your own
Dont assume that just because this person says that God has moved in this way in thier life…..that that means it will happen to you too.
And dont believe everyone who tells you that God “said” this or that or that God is doing “this or that”
All of us have our own stories---
Our own threads----when woven together, display a more accurate representation of who Jesus is, then they would if they never crossed.
All of our own fears and insecurities, crossed over and connecting with other people’s successes and times of joy and celebration
And everyone else’s fears and insecurities, crossed over and connecting with our own successes and times of joy and celebration.
So here we have Jairus, im sure he’s heart broken over his daughter’s death, his emotions a whirlwind,
He just saw Jesus heal someone-----------but then heard His own daughter has died
Im sure he was thinking a million thoughts a minute at that point, his anxiety flying in a million directions.
But Jesus comes to his house, talks to his daughter’s dead body, and brings her back to life.
And they all lived happily ever after.
You see, when we let God set the pace for our life, not moving faster in the direction we believe he wants us to go----and not dwelling on the past or present when He has moved on from them----- something remarkable happens.
Our lives become points of contact for the thread that God is weaving through humanity.
The lives of the woman with the issue of blood, and Jairus’ daughter, were divinely woven together.
All the differing threads of the woman’s life, culminated that day she reached out and grabbed Jesus’ robe
It was the culmination of every doctors appointment, every day she spent begging, and every drop of blood
And that was the very same time and place in which the threads of Jairus’ daughter led to.
The woman saw the fear on Jairus’ face when he got that news
She might have even followed Jesus as He went to Jairus’ house
Jarius would have seen the joy on the womans face when she was healed
And as a result of both of those situations, one good and one bad, the daughter dying and the woman being healed----------------both of their faiths grew stronger
Their lives collided that day, and Jesus stood at the very epicenter of that collision.
He stood there, letting everyone who witnessed the collision know, that He was God.
Proving it with His miracles
Proving that He cared
Proving that nothing was beyond His ability or strength
Death does not get the final say, God does.
He proved that if you live your life at His pace, then He will be there for you.
Through every situation and circumstance
Through decades of pain and suffering
Through the loss of a loved one
Jesus Christ will be there for you, no matter what pulls upon the threads of your life.
So in closing, Id like to ask all of you this morning:
Does the thread of your story cross over someone elses?
Is God at that intersection?
Does the thread of your story, get tangled up in someone elses, in a way that is damaging to you, but you cant seem to untie that knot?
If God is there, the knot will fall apart
Do your successes…...build other people’s faith in God?
Do your failures……...build other people’s faith in God?
Do the results of your hurts and fears------point people to God?
Do the outcomes of your mistakes and stupid choices------ point people to God?
When God moves in your life, and the people in your life see it and experience it as well ----- do you mirror that woman with the issue of blood-------and audibly confess in front of them, that Jesus Christ is the cause of everything good in your life?
Are you building your life in such a way, that the various threads of your story------are actually woven into the lives of the people around you?
Does your faith have an influence in the lives of your unbelieving friends, family, and coworkers?
Is Jesus at the center of every intersection of every thread between your story and theirs?
Because if He is----
If your life exists in way that you can speak into the inner being of your unbelieving friends, families, and coworkers----
Then you can point them to the truth of these verses:
And that is that Jesus Christ is God, and only through faith in Him can we be made clean, and escape the prison of death.
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