Sermon Summary from May 7, 2017
Mark 5:21-43 • Pastor Chris Liu
This is the definition of faith, according to the Bible. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” In Mark 5:21-43, we see two examples of people who put their faith in Jesus. The first was Jairus (a ruler of the Synagogue) who’s daughter was deathly ill and the other a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years.
The first thing that we see in this passage is that both Jairus and the woman took steps of faith. In their distress and troubled times, they went out of their way to find and seek Jesus. It is one thing to know that Jesus can help them, but it is another thing to take those steps to seek Him out. In the same way, we too need to take steps of faith and give our lives over to Jesus. It isn’t enough just to come to church every week and learn about Him, but we need to take that next step and actually confess and commit our lives to Christ.
This also applies when we have a clear calling from God. Sometimes we know what God is prompting us to do (maybe sharing your faith with someone or calling you to serve somewhere), but we are afraid and ignore that calling. But, if we really believe in Him, we need to obey and move forward in faith. Even if it is something that might be difficult or uncomfortable for us, if God is calling us to do it, then we should obey.
The second thing we see in this passage is that even when we put our faith in God, sometimes things don’t always go as smoothly as planned. Jairus went out of his way, took steps of faith, to find Jesus, but along the way to his home, he found out that his daughter had died. However, Jesus wasn’t done with this story. He told Jairus to “not fear, but believe” (have faith) and Jesus went to Jairus’ home and raised his daughter from the dead. As we have seen, Jesus has authority over everything… the demons, the weather, sickness, and even death!
Sometimes in our lives, we will have uncertainties and hardships. And even when we pray to God and seek Him out in faith, there still might be bumps in the road.
But, my prayer for us is that we would hold on to the character of God and trust that He is faithful, good, and sovereign over all things. I want to remind us that this faith is not a blind faith, but it is a certain faith. Jesus is the object of our faith. He is the one we put our faith and hope in. And we know the bigger picture and story that He has already overcome Satan and death and one day we will get to rejoice with Him forever.