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Never Hopeless when Jesus is Here

Mark 5:35-36

The little girl was dying, but Jesus delayed His arrival to allow a distressed woman to be healed and sent on her way in peace (Mark 5:21-34).  The girl's father was the respected synagogue ruler in the town and he heard Jesus say to the woman, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering." (Mark 5:34) As these words were ringing into the crowd, Jairus was told: Your daughter is dead ... it's too late ...

Bedside Tutorial

Mark 5:37-40

The little girl had died (Mark 5:35).  The friends of Jairus, the synagogue leader, told him the bad news and that there was no more need to trouble Jesus.  It was too late.  Nothing could be done.  But Jesus took command of the situation.  Having instructed Jairus to stop being frightened (Mark 5:36), it seems that Jesus now led the way to the home where the lifeless body lay.  Jesus selected only three of the disciples, who were later to become the leaders of the church in Jerusalem, to witness what He would do.  It was to be a bedside tutorial of the Christ's power to give new life.

Time to Live Again

Mark 5:41-43

Despite having all the authority of the Godhead in His body (Colossians 2:9), Jesus was amazingly gentle.  Entering the home where the girl was lying without any sign of life, and having dismissed the wailing and mocking women, Jesus went to the girl's body with her parents, and Peter, James and John.  The strong words of command which rebuked evil spirits (Mark 1:23-26) or commanded faith (Mark 2:14), were not necessary as He took the girl by the hand, and new life flowed into her.  Simple words effected a dramatic resurrection.  They were addressed to the girl herself, not to any demonic

Who is Jesus?

Mark 6:1-3

Familiarity does breed contempt.  But that is not normally true for the local-boy-come-good; or the town that glows in the reflected glory of one of its sporting sons.  However, in this passage it is astonishing to see how quickly the narrative moves from 'amazing teaching' to 'offence'.  Why?  Offence is certainly not a natural sequel to amazement.  Something else is going on here.

The Offensive Jesus

Mark 6:4-6

This title does not sound right, somehow.  As believers in Jesus, we believe He is precious.  1 Peter 2:7-8 says, "Now to you who believe, this stone is precious.  But to those who do not believe, 'The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,' and, 'A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.'  They stumble because they disobey the message".  Jesus did not cause offence because He was good, but because He is God whose purity exposes sin, whose power reveals the limitations of human ability and whose Word must be obeyed.

Mark 6:6b-7

Mark 6:6b-7

The ministry of Jesus is often reviewed as a constant round of miracles and nice stories.

Mark 6:8-11

Mark 6:8-11

However prepared you think you are, every episode of ministry is a journey into the unknown. The provision comes as we go.

Mark 6:12-13

Mark 6:12-13

Unlike the moralistic preaching of religious sects, Jesus set His disciples a tougher challenge: to preach repentance.

Mark 6:14-16

Mark 6:14-16

Jesus was getting well known, liked, respected and feared. But who was He? The opinions were a 'prophet', Elijah or John the Baptist.

Mark 6:17-20

Mark 6:17-20

The fascinating thing about truth, is that it won't go away. Herod's marriage had problems - and they just got worse when God's man said what was true.

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