What is The Role of Our Faith In Healing? – Mark 5:21-43

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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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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