Friends please find last Sunday’s sermon and the scripture reading below. The fear for this past Sunday was the one that scares the life out of us – death. Thanks for the requests to post this one as soon as possible come Monday morning!
Mark is known for a special technique in story telling that Bible geeks like to call “The Markan Sandwich” No, it won’t be on the deli menu. Mark starts to tell us about Jairus, but Jesus is interrupted by the Hemorrhaging woman. Only after telling that second story, does Mark finish the story about Jairus. The gospel writers paired these stories for a reason – they illuminate one another and the one in whom they bear witness. What does this tell you?
One small note here that always draws my eye…when Jairus asks Jesus for help, there is no discussion. He doesn’t whip out his phone and check his google calendar. There is no great pondering of whether he has what it takes or if he can make time (don’t be surprised – Jesus questioned himself too by the way).
He just goes with Jairus. His actions are his words.
How are we acting in faith? What do those actions say about who and whose we are today?
Mark 5:21-43New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boata] to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 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.” 24 So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse.