- On March 17th my sermon was on… Mark 5:25-34 (The Woman with an Issue of Blood) “The Power and Peace of God is available for those who believe.”
- On March 24th my sermon was on… Mark 5:21-24; 35-43 (Jairus and his daughter) “Jesus is our resurrection, our hope of life.”
- Today my sermon is on… Mark 5:25-43 “With faith anyone can come, everyone is clean and life is foreseen”
I wanted to show how Mark is making something like a narrative sandwich with these two stories. March 17th and 24th are the pieces of bread and today I want to look at what happens when these two pieces come together. Today’s sermon covers what happens when these two stories come together as one in Mark’s Gospel.
- Bible Passage: Mark 5:25-43 (English Standard Version) 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” 35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing[a] what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus[b] saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
- Main Point: With faith anyone can come, everyone is clean and life is foreseen
- Anyone can come… The woman and Jairus come from two opposite and very different economic, social and religious worlds. (Faith knows no boundaries. We know no boundaries.)
- Everyone is clean… Jesus is not defiled by those who are impure or unclean. Jesus purges uncleanliness and impurity He overcomes them. (Faith sees past stains. We see past stains.)
- Life is foreseen…. Jesus’ power over death, dying and disease is related to the promise of life in the kingdom of God which is present now only in part but will someday be completely manifest. (Faith looks ahead with hope. We look ahead with hope.)
Daily Reading and questions for Discussion
Q: Who is like Jairus and the nameless women in our life story? Our church community’s story?
Q: In what ways as individuals and as a church can we challenge ourselves to live out our economically, socially and denominationally boundless faith in Christ?
Q: In your mind what kind of people today are considered “impure” or “unclean” in our culture today?
Q: In your mind who is it easier to have compassion for, the wealthy and privileged or the poor and needy?
“For (such is our innate pride) we always seem to ourselves just, and upright, and wise, and holy, until we are convinced, by clear evidence, of our injustice, vileness, folly, and impurity.” John Calvin
Q: In your own words what do you think John Calvin is saying above and how is it relevant to Mark 5:21-43?
Q: What does the story of Jairus and the nameless woman teach us about things like compassion, grace and faith in this life?