Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Numbers 12-14; Mark 5:21-43
21 Jesus crossed the lake again, and on the other side a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22 Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, came forward. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet 23 and pleaded with him, “My daughter is about to die. Please, come and place your hands on her so that she can be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.
A swarm of people were following Jesus, crowding in on him. 25 A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a lot under the care of many doctors, and had spent everything she had without getting any better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 Because she had heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothes. 28 She was thinking, If I can just touch his clothes, I’ll be healed. 29 Her bleeding stopped immediately, and she sensed in her body that her illness had been healed.
30 At that very moment, Jesus recognized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 His disciples said to him, “Don’t you see the crowd pressing against you? Yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 But Jesus looked around carefully to see who had done it.
33 The woman, full of fear and trembling, came forward. Knowing what had happened to her, she fell down in front of Jesus and told him the whole truth. 34 He responded, “Daughter, your faith has healed you; go in peace, healed from your disease.”
35 While Jesus was still speaking with her, messengers came from the synagogue leader’s house, saying to Jairus, “Your daughter has died. Why bother the teacher any longer?”
36 But Jesus overheard their report and said to the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid; just keep trusting.” 37 He didn’t allow anyone to follow him except Peter, James, and John, James’ brother. 38 They came to the synagogue leader’s house, and he saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “What’s all this commotion and crying about? The child isn’t dead. She’s only sleeping.” 40 They laughed at him, but he threw them all out. Then, taking the child’s parents and his disciples with him, he went to the room where the child was. 41 Taking her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Young woman, get up.” 42 Suddenly the young woman got up and began to walk around. She was 12 years old. They were shocked! 43 He gave them strict orders that no one should know what had happened. Then he told them to give her something to eat (Mark 5:21-43, Common English Bible).
Over the past two weeks I have spent some of my evenings watching the Olympics. It seems like at least once every four years since 1980, the television coverage shows the ending of the USA vs. USSR hockey game. It was the iconic moment of those Olympic games. I think just about all of us can hear the Al Michael’s line, “Do you believe in miracles?” From that magical time.
It is one of those times many people can tell you where they were. I can tell you I didn’t even see it. My ship was somewhere between Ft. Lauderdale FL and Guantanamo Bay Cuba. We were going down for sea trials. I missed “The Miracle on Ice.”
I can answer Al Michael’s question. Yes, yes I do believe in miracles. In 2010, when a drunk driver ran a red light and broadsided our car, and both Cindy (she was driving and the accident was directly into the driver’s side door) and I both survived the accident, I experienced a miracle. First responders told us as much at the scene. Yes, I believe in miracles.
Today’s Mark lesson has picked up the name, “A Miracle on the Way to a Miracle.” Jesus is confronted by a man whose daughter was dying. Jesus leaves with the man but as they traveled to his home something interrupts their trip.
A woman who had been sick for years has so much faith, she thinks, and correctly so, that if she can just touch the hem of Jesus’ robe, she would be well. Friends, that is a lot of faith.
When Jesus felt power leave from his body, he wants to know who touched him. Eventually the woman comes forward and tells the truth and what she expected as a result. Jesus is impressed by her faith and tells her she is healed.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch (so to speak), Jairus is waiting, probably impatiently, for Jesus to get moving back to his home before his daughter died and Jesus is dragging his feet. He had to want to get back. Who of us wouldn’t be much the same? But, before they got back on the road, word reaches them that Jairus’ daughter is dead.
Great mourning is going on when they arrive at the house. Jesus tells them the girl isn’t dead and they laugh at him. But Jesus, much to the shock of the crowd, brings the girl back to life. Who could blame the crowd. This was the first time Jesus had raised someone from the dead, but it wouldn’t be the last.
God can still work miracles. Some of those miracles happen because God will sometimes reward faith. And, sometimes they happen to demonstrate God’s power. The think we should all carry away from this is, God still does miracles. Just take a look around. You will see.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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