In this sermon, Pastor Neil continues his series on Travels with Jesus. Here we see Jesus’ compassion in action, giving hope and healing to others. Here is an excerpt:

Desperate Measures

…[W]hen Jesus and the disciples arrived back on the Galilee side of the lake and got out of the boat. Jesus went with Jairus… But they got delayed on the way to Jairus’ house. A crowd of people tagged along, pushing and jostling Jesus along the way. In the crowd was this desperate woman, who thought to herself: “If I can just touch His robe with my finger, I will be healed” (5:28). Then she could finally get on with her life. When she touched Jesus, it happened. She was healed. Totally. Completely. Instantly. But Jesus would not let her stay under the radar. She wanted to remain anonymous. But Jesus wanted a relationship. He wanted her to know Him. And He wanted to know her.

While Jesus was talking with her, Jairus got word that it was too late to help his daughter. She was dead. No reason to bother Jesus now. If only that woman had not distracted Him. If only Jesus had not stopped to talk to her. He might have been able to save the girl.

Jesus — Compassion in Action

Jesus, though, was not dissuaded. He told Jairus not to be afraid, not to give up, but to trust Him – to believe and keep on believing. There are more details, but the short version of the story is that, when they got to the house, Jesus went into the girl’s room with her parents and three of His disciples (Peter, James, and John), and He restored the young girl to life.

The parents of the girl, and the disciples who were with Jesus, were amazed at what they witnessed. In Mark’s words, they were “astonished with great astonishment.” They were ecstatic “with great ecstasy” (Greek, ekstasei). As it says in The Message, ‘”They were all beside themselves with joy” (Mark 5:42).

Wouldn’t you be? I would.

Dependence on Him

Do you see not only the power of Jesus on display but His CIA? His Compassion in Action? Never forget that our God is full of compassion (Psalm 116:5) and His compassions never fail (Lamentations 3:22), even if or when He allows you (or me) to have “a thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7), as Paul did, that daily reminds us of our dependence on Him. Or if He chooses not to heal someone we love deeply. He is still “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” His grace is still sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9), and always will be. At all times. In all things.

Pastor Neil has a lot more to say about this topic. Please click on the link below to view the sermon in its entirety.

August 1, 2021

Mark 5: 21-43

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