Mark 5 – The Facts.
You might be right in the middle of a difficult circumstance wondering how in the world the situation might be resolved or if it will be resolved. Someone you love is at death’s door because of illness and pain. Maybe financial burdens are beginning to overwhelm you and you see no way out at this time. Maybe you are entering another phase of life and you don’t know how you will navigate the difficult journey ahead of you. Many voices all around you are quick to give advice but what they say doesn’t seem to fit. Life is confusing at times. This life is not perfect and will never be perfect but we have a Savior who desires to take the lead and be Lord of our entire life. He wants all the pieces.
You are not dead, but maybe you are just sleeping, waiting for the Master to take your hand and say to you, “Get up”.
Mark 5, The Message
21-24 After Jesus crossed over by boat, a large crowd met him at the seaside. One of the meeting-place leaders named Jairus came. When he saw Jesus, he fell to his knees, beside himself as he begged, “My dear daughter is at death’s door. Come and lay hands on her so she will get well and live.” Jesus went with him, the whole crowd tagging along, pushing and jostling him.
35 While he was still talking, some people came from the leader’s house and told him, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher any more?”
36 Jesus overheard what they were talking about and said to the leader, “Don’t listen to them; just trust me.”
37-40 He permitted no one to go in with him except Peter, James, and John. They entered the leader’s house and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and neighbors bringing in casseroles. Jesus was abrupt: “Why all this busybody grief and gossip? This child isn’t dead; she’s sleeping.” Provoked to sarcasm, they told him he didn’t know what he was talking about.
40-43 But when he had sent them all out, he took the child’s father and mother, along with his companions, and entered the child’s room. He clasped the girl’s hand and said, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, get up.” At that, she was up and walking around! This girl was twelve years of age. They, of course, were all beside themselves with joy. He gave them strict orders that no one was to know what had taken place in that room. Then he said, “Give her something to eat.”
Think about it…
–We have many voices that tell us we are doing it wrong, not doing enough, not being like them, not following the crowd, not, not, not. But with Christ we are enough, exactly enough, when we trust Him and not listen to others who only see the surface of our situations.
–Who is this Jesus who right in the middle of the funeral dinner raises a beloved daughter from the dead? He is the Son of God. He is our Deliverer, Savior and Redeemer!
–This daughter of Jairus would soon be redeemed by Jesus to live forever in eternity with Him. He didn’t just heal her for this moment in time.
–Get up from our circumstances, look up and trust Jesus, lean into His Holy Spirit guidance, take care of physical self so that we are always ready to follow Him wherever His Spirit leads and invites us to go.
–Live expectantly in the hope of our Savior and Lord.
—“Trust Me” — Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Walking along with You on this life’s journey is all I desire. I have found You and You have restored the joy of my salvation and redeemed my soul. There is no one like You so why would I listen to anyone else but You. I trust You. I believe in what You say and how you work. Thank you for Your Word to day that teaches and challenges us. Help us to see You more clearly even today.
In Jesus Name, Amen