ONLY BELIEVE PART 2

The exciting conclusion of last week’s blog on Jairus.

Mark 5:25-34,  And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,  (26)  And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,  (27)  When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.  (28)  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.  (29)  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.  (30)  And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?  (31)  And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?  (32)  And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.  (33)  But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.  (34)  And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

As they’re walking along, a woman pushes and fights her way through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. With great effort and difficulty, she succeeds and, in an instant of time, her twelve years of suffering were ended. She knew, she felt, that she’d been healed.

Well, Jesus knew that healing power had gone out of Him. So He stops dead in His tracks, looks around, and, above all the din and noise of the crowd, He asks who touched Him. “What do you mean who touched You?,” His disciples asked incredulously. “We’re surrounded by people. We’re crammed like sardines. A lot of people are touching You.”

Jesus doesn’t pay His disciples any mind. He stands still, turns around, and looks for the woman who touched the hem of His garment. The clock’s ticking. The people are asking, and looking for, the person who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment.

Caught and discovered, the woman instantly goes into fear and panic mode. She’s shaking like a leaf. Jesus is looking for her. He’s waiting for her to step up. So with trembling footsteps, she makes her way to Jesus and fesses up to what she’d done. She gives Him her story; she’s taking a huge chunk of Jesus’ time.

Now all the while this is happening, Jairus is standing by forlornly, impatiently, perhaps even angrily. “Jesus, we’ve got to hurry. My daughter’s life’s on the line. We ain’t got time to mess with this woman. We’ll look for her another time. I’ll make an announcement in synagogue next Sabbath. I’ll even help you look. But please, don’t just stand there. We’ve got to hurry.”

Things go from bad to worse as Jairus gets the bad news that he’s dreaded. Mark 5:35,  While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?

Brethren, what do you do when bad news come? When you come face to face with your worst nightmare, your biggest fear; what do you do? Give up? Get mad at God? Turn away from God and blame Him for letting the disease go this far?

When you’re in a trial, you need to get alone with God and ask Him what His will is. What you should do. If you ask Him, and wait, and listen; God will speak to you and tell you what He wants you to do next. Look at it with me in Mark 5:36,  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

Notice Jesus’ words here because they’re significant. The first thing He does, the first thing He says, is Don’t be afraid. WHEN YOU’VE GOTTEN YOUR BAD NEWS AND YOU’RE AFRAID, JESUS CALMS YOUR FEAR. No matter how bad it looks, God doesn’t want you to be afraid.

Notice, in the second place, Jesus’ words. Only believe. He’s telling Jairus what to do. Even though the girl’s dead, Jesus wants Jairus to continue believing for healing and life.

Brethren, unless God tells you otherwise, unless God shows you that it’s your time to die; the promise of healing is still yours. It’s still God’s will to heal you. And no matter what’s happened, God doesn’t want you to give up what you were praying and believing Him for. He wants you to keep on believing. Stick with what you originally asked God for. Hold fast. Expect God to answer your prayer.

I want you to look carefully at Jesus’ words in the parallel account in Luke 8:50, But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. While it was God’s will to heal the girl, Jesus wasn’t going to heal her unless Jairus believed. She wasn’t going to get healed without Jairus’ faith.

Do you see what Jesus did here? He laid the burden of responsibility for the child’s welfare squarely on Jairus’ shoulders. Now that’s a pretty heavy responsibility to bear. It makes us nervous and scared to know that the trial’s outcome depends on us.

But I want you to note a couple of things here. First, note what Jesus said: Believe only, and she shall be made whole. Jesus told Jairus how it would end. Death’s not the end. The girl will live again. Do you see what He’s doing here? He’s encouraging Jairus to believe. He’s showing Jairus what could happen if he only believed.

Brethren, WHEN THINGS LOOK BAD, JESUS KNOWS WHAT TO SAY, HE KNOWS WHAT TO DO, TO ENCOURAGE, STRENGTHEN, AND REVIVE YOUR FAITH. That’s why it’s so important for you to get alone with God when you get your bad news. Instead of letting your mind and emotions run wild with fear and despair, you need to look at your God and listen because God knows exactly what to say to you to calm your fear and resurrect your faith.

Note, in the second place, what Jesus did after He spoke these words to Jairus: He kept on walking to Jairus’ house. You see, Jesus wasn’t standing there, waiting for Jairus’ reply. He kept on walking to Jairus’ house! And that, my friends, can only mean it’s still Jesus’ will to heal, He still intends to heal, and death isn’t going to stop Him from healing!

You see, brethren, Jesus placed the burden of responsibility on Jairus’ shoulders. But Jesus helped him believe!  He kept on walking and He gave Jairus reason to keep on believing.

Jesus also gave Jairus reason and hope to keep on believing by stopping to perform this miracle for the lady with the issue of blood. Now that was a time-consuming incident. And if we were in the flesh, when time is of the utmost essence, we haven’t got time to mess around. “We can’t wait any longer! We need a miracle now! God, you’ve got to act now!” We can get mad at God for the obstacles, the hindrances, setbacks, and delays.

Do you wonder sometimes why God takes His time and lets things get worse? He takes His time—not because He wants you to lose your faith, but rather, because He wants to boost and encourage your faith!

Unbeknownst to Jairus at the time, this clock-ticking, time-consuming miracle was Jesus’ encouragement to Jairus to keep on believing.  “Look, Jairus. A woman suffered from an incurable bleeding condition for twelve long years. But when she touched the hem of My garment she was instantly healed!” Jairus, Jesus healed an incurable disease! There’s nothing too hard for Him to heal! There isn’t a sickness He can’t heal! What Jesus did for a hopeless case woman He could do for your hopeless case daughter! Be not afraid. Only believe!

Well, you know how the story ends. Jesus gets to Jairus’ house, He sends everybody out of the room, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. {55} And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat (Mark 5:54-55).  Wow! There really is nothing too hard for God to do!

Brethren, when God comes to you, or speaks to you, and says Only Believe, Keep On Believing; it’s because He’s got a promise to keep. He’s got a prayer to answer. He gave you His Word and He intends to make good on His Word. Why is that? Because He loves you and He wants to help you. He’s not a liar. He’s faithful. And He will not fail.

So when you get your bad news and the outlook doesn’t look very good, go to God and listen. Whatever He tells you is going to be good. You get to either go home and be with Him where you’ll never get sick and hurt again. Or you’ll live and see the day when you get up out of that sick bed and walk again. God knows exactly what to say to you to calm, encourage, and lift up you. May God grant us the courage and faith to only believe.

1 Comment

  1. Mark Yotter said,

    January 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I had never before thought about how Jesus would have already known Jairus from being the ruler of a synagogue that Jesus would have frequented. That does add some personalization and perspective to the whole episode. In most every story of Jesus ministering to people you will see the two elements of requiring faith on the part of the seeker, and God’s encouragement to aid that requirement. Your dramatized retelling of the story puts proper emphasis on both.

    Such a positive encouraging story makes me want to praise and worship the Lord more fervently. Our God is awesome. I have a little distain for the overuse of the word “awesome” that has grown over the last couple decades. Pizza is good, but it’s not awesome. I like to reserve the word awesome for godly applications where it really applies. . Ps 47:2. For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. Ps. 68:35. O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!


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