Reflection from my reading in Mark 5:21-43 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
In this passages there are two simultaneous stories. One about the local synagogue leader named Jarius’s daughter and a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years! Both exhibited faith on different levels.
Your Faith Has Made You Well
The woman who was bleeding believed that if she touched his robe she would be healed, and God allowed that to happen! Here was Jesus’ response to her.
“Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Mark 5:34
Jesus told this woman that her faith had made her well and she went away healed. Jesus clearly tells her that her faith played a role in her healing.
Do Not Fear, Only Believe
While this was happening messengers showed up and told Jesus Jairus’ daughter had died, but they didn’t want to trouble Jesus with coming. They didn’t believe that Jesus could raise her from the dead. Here was Jesus’ response.
“Do not fear, only believe.” Mark 5:35–36
Even though Jarius and his messengers wavered in their faith Jesus was able to do an even bigger miracle. Everyone was crying because of her death and Jesus said…
“Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” Mark 5:39
The crowds were also displaying a lack of faith by laughing after Jesus said this statement. Even though Jarius, his messengers, and the crowds didn’t believe Jesus could raise the girl from the dead he did it anyway! This shows us an important principle…
Weather you have a little faith or a lot of faith Jesus can heal if he chooses to.
As we can see there was some faith in both examples. One woman had great faith the others had some. There are also many other people who have had great faith but God for one reason or another God choses not to heal.
Faith does play an important role in healing, but it is not a tool to control God or make him do something that is not part of his plan.
Christ’s healing does not come from our amount of faith but His ability to heal!
We should have faith that Jesus is able to heal in any situation, but it’s His choice if He will or not.
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