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“Don’t be afraid, just believe!”

Scripture reading for February 21st: Mark 5:21-43, Psalms 38:1-22, Proverbs 10:8-9

Jairus was a ruler in the synagogue who came to Jesus for help.  His little daughter was sick and dying and he pleaded with Jesus to come and put His hands on her so that she might be healed.  Jesus agreed to go with him.  (Mark 5:22-23)

A large crowd of people were pressing around them as they moved towards Jairus’ home.  A woman from the crowd had been following Jesus.  This woman had been sick for years with an issue of blood that no doctors had been able to cure.  She had decided that if she could just touch Jesus’ clothes, she would be healed.  As she got close enough, she pressed in and touched his garment.  Jesus immediately felt power go out of Him and asked who had touched Him.  The woman realized that she was healed and confessed that it was she.  Jesus told her that her faith had made her whole and free from suffering!  This is also good news for us in that we can reach out to touch the Lord ourselves and find healing as well!  He is no respecter of persons!

As the woman was healed, servants came and told Jairus that his daughter had died.  It would not be necessary to bother Jesus any more.  “Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mark 5:36)  Jesus knew that faith would bring a victory.  He took steps to insure that only people of faith would accompany Him.  He took His trusted disciples, Peter, James and John, and sent the others away.  As they drew near to the house, people were wailing and mourning.  He sought to quiet them by telling them that she was only asleep.  They laughed at Him so He put them all out!  (Mark 5:37-40)  While the child’s mother and father and His disciples looked on, Jesus took the little girl’s hand and spoke with authority commanding her to get up.  Immediately, she responded to His command and all were amazed!

The lesson for us is to focus on believing Jesus and fight our fears.  It is easy to let the natural view to cloud what God wants to do.  Jesus took those with faith in to learn that we can speak with authority and even the dead can be raised if we believe!

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