January 24, 2015 Life of Christ-The Personal Touch
Memorize: Mark 5:36-Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him,
“Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Read: Mark 5:21-43
Monday: Interruptions are always frustrating. Can you relate? Interruptions are a part of life for all of us, but few of us would consider the possibility of God being interrupted. This is precisely the case of the latter half of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Mark. Jesus was on His way to heal a young girl on the verge of death, when He was interrupted by a woman who was also in desperate need of help. For those of us who have not thought very deeply on the theological implications of divine interruptions, this passage invites us to engage in such a novel and noble enterprise.
Tuesday: Jairus was an official of the synagogue, and as such he was a man of influence and prestige, but when he came to Jesus he did so as a desperate father seeking to spare the life of his critically ill child. News of Jesus’ recent miracles (calming the storm and the healing of a demon possessed man) were creating quite a stir, and Jarius had heard about them. He was confident that Jesus could heal his daughter.
Wednesday: While Jesus and Jarius were on their way, crowds were pressing in on Jesus. There were perhaps hundreds around him wondering what he would do next. The scene is not a still one, but one filled with commotion. All of a sudden, Jesus makes a strange statement. “Who touched my clothes?” The disciples responded with ridicule. “Lord, there are hundreds of people crowding around you and you are asking which one of them touched you? There were probably 10 in the last second who bumped into you.” (paraphrased from Mark 5:31) But Jesus felt power go out of him. He knew that whoever touched him needed him.
Thursday: Jesus found the woman who touched him. She was a woman who had been plagued with illness and had spent all her money on the best doctors and solutions, but had come up empty. Jesus was busy, but this woman knew that if she could just get to Jesus he would make her well. Can you imagine what the woman must have felt at that moment? The Bible says that she presented herself to her savior “trembling with fear”. Jesus took a moment and comforted her. “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering” (Mark 5:34). While this was all taking place, Jarius’ daughter died. I wonder if Jarius thought, “if you had only come when I asked, my daughter would still be alive”. Jesus told Jarius “don’t be afraid, just believe”. As soon as Jesus arrived in the presence of the young lady, he healed her and raised her from the dead.
Friday: Have you ever felt like perhaps God was too busy for you, or that there were others in the world who needed his help more than you? God is omniscient and omnipresent. He knows everything, and he is everywhere. God loves you and doesn’t want you to keep your distance because you feel unworthy or unimportant. He wants you to bring your struggles to him so he can work things out for your good and his glory (Romans 8:28). He is never too busy. We need to listen to his words “don’t be afraid, just believe”. His power is sufficient, and his love is all encompassing. Set your fear aside and have faith in your Savior.