Message Supplement (28 June 2015)

A healing interrupted a healing. Sound weird? Just refer to the fifth chapter of Mark’s Gospel (verses 21-43), where you’ll discover how Jesus healed a sick woman and raised from death a twelve-year-old girl.  Both events reveal key lessons about faith and healing.

Our story begins when Jairus, a leader of local synagogue, pleaded with Jesus to come and heal his dying daughter. Jesus and Jairus headed for the house and a large crowd accompanied them. Along the way, there was an interesting interruption as a sick woman intercepted Jesus. This woman had some sort of bleeding condition for twelve years. She realized Jesus was coming her way and so she maneuvered herself in the crowd to try and encounter the healing Lord.  Physicians having failed her, and perhaps with no other hope, the sick woman desperately sought a cure. And that’s precisely what happened. Jesus felt divine power going from himself after the woman touched the hem of his garment. Amid the crush of people, Jesus asked amid incredulous remarks who had touched him. The fearful woman presented herself almost as if she had done something wrong. Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease” (Mark 5:34 NRSV).

Then the bad news. A messenger came announcing that Jairus’ child was dead. But it was really not too late. “Do not fear, only believe” Jesus said (Mark 5:36b).  After arriving at Jairus’ house, Jesus encountered grief-stricken attendants and assured them that all would be well. The mourners didn’t believe Jesus—they even laughed at him—but undeterred he went inside and raised the dead girl. Jesus further commanded that she be given something to eat. Now that’s a restoration!

The power of faith clearly reveals how a simple touch in faith can heal a broken body or even raise the dead. We also learn that not all the Jewish religious leaders were hostile toward Jesus. Jairus believed that Jesus could raise his daughter, and that is precisely what happened. As with the sick woman who had touched Jesus, reaching out in faith can bring dramatic results.

The dual healings should remind us that we can expect great things from God. What afflicts you? Although scripture reminds us that we were once dead in our trespasses and sins, we have now been raised to spiritual life in Christ. Do you feel the power of God restoring your soul? Don’t think that you’re too old, too young, too sick or too far gone. God is not limited by our timid categories. No, it is not too late and you can receive now what you need for true spiritual life.

Claim God’s favor and expect first and foremost for your soul to be healed. Sure, our physical bodies must eventually walk the valley of the shadow of death. Until then, God is not done with us. Restoration is available now, today, without delay. To complete the cycle of soul-healing we must remain faithful. We must resolve to not allow doubt and despair to impede our faith. Believe. Trust God. Expect the miracle of a new life in Christ.

–Reverend Hoxey