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Daily Devotion – June 30, 2018
06.30.18

Mark 5: 21 – 24

 

A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.’ So, he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him.

 

Reflection by Monty Wyne

This past Sunday, we heard of the miracle Jesus performed on the Sea of Galilee, saving the lives of experienced sailors and his disciples in the face of a terrifying storm. Now he is confronted by Jairus, an official of the synagogue, pleading with Jesus to save the life of his dying daughter. Yet, Jesus is interrupted by the woman who had suffered for 12 years from some kind of incurable hemorrhage that had only grown worse at the hands of physicians. Rejected by society, she dared not approach Jesus but rationalized that touching the hem of his garment may in fact cure her.

After her healing, Jesus stopped to ask, “Who touched my garment?” One can only imagine what Jairus felt at this moment. How could this woman do this when his daughter was facing imminent death? Furthermore, how could Jesus stop at such a critical time to ask this question? Yet He stopped to correct any misconceptions on the part of this woman. He wanted to make it completely clear that it was her faith that saved her, not the touching of his garment. In the midst of all this, Jairus discovers from his servants that his daughter has died. Now, all hope is gone.

With all hope gone, Jesus turned to Jairus and spoke encouragingly to him, saying, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” Then Jesus performs the third miracle by taking the girl’s hand, lifting her up, and she begins walking about. The key to all these amazing miracles is reflected in one, simple, yet not so simple word—faith!

How many times has your faith been tested? How many times have you doubted? How many more times will your faith be tested? What will you conclude from all of this? Faith is an elusive word because you can’t have faith without belief. Without belief there is no faith. There have been times I have doubted. Times I have given up all hope. Then, something incredible happens and my faith is restored. In closing, all I can say is keep believing and in believing your faith will only grow stronger.

Prayer:

Dear God,

Let us all believe in the miracle of faith.    Amen



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