Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”
Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”
Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and told him what she had done. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” (NLT2)
There is so much going on in this short section of Mark, but I just want to point out two things. First, we know when the woman touches His robe, Jesus is already busy helping someone else. And second, this woman didn’t just sit at home praying to be healed. When there was opportunity and as she was able, she went out to “get” the healing, and once there, she is the one who reached out to touch Jesus’ robe. You could say, she “went the extra step.”
So from these two things we see first, that Jesus is NEVER too busy to pay attention to us and help. So never think, “Well, I don’t want to bother Jesus with this issue.” If the issue—whatever it is for you—is big enough to bother you physically, spiritually, emotionally, it is big enough to bring to Jesus’ attention.
Next, we see that God really does expect us to do everything possible before He will do the impossible. If Jesus wasn’t going to be in her town, then the story would be different in the way God would have brought healing to the woman. But Jesus WAS in her town and so one thing more that she COULD do was to go seek the help she needed from the only One who could help her.
Was it because she had exhausted all other options and thought what could it hurt? People often approach God the same way thinking, “Well, I’ve done everything else. What can it hurt?” However, look closely, that was NOT this woman’s attitude. She thought, “If I can just touch His robe, I will be healed.” At that moment, she KNEW she could be healed. She KNEW Jesus was the One to do it. And that’s why Jesus says to her, “You faith has made you well.” It was not faith in, “Well, I might as well just try this.” But it was He can heal me, I KNOW He can!
Also, notice one more thing. Of course Jesus knew who touched His robe, but He needed the woman to “own” her faith. She needed to claim that fact to make it hers. So friends, don’t ever hesitate in “owning” your faith in Jesus Christ in every situation. There could be a miracle waiting for you.
Friends, if you need healing in ANY area of your living, go get it! Do everything possible and let God do the rest, because when you come to Jesus, one way or another, your suffering is over!
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GOOD NEWS & UPDATES:
The Old Bethel Girl Scout cookie drive is this Saturday, February 27, 12-2pm. Drive on over and get your trefoils, tagalongs, samosas, etc.
Meijer’s Simply Give campaign benefits the Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry. Please visit the East Washington Street Meijer store February 14 - April 10 to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card. The Double Match Days will be on Saturday, March 13 and Saturday, April 3. We appreciate your continued support of our pantry. If you have any questions, you may contact Community Life Minister Arin Schellenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-359-9651, extension 128.
Looking to get out of the house for a little bit? We currently have openings for volunteer receptionists for several shifts, both mornings (9am-12:30pm) and afternoons (12:30-4pm). Building traffic is currently very low and covid safety measures are in place. Having receptionists to answer the phone is a GREAT help to our administrative staff! You may choose to serve every week or every other week. OR you might like to be a sub and serve when others are on vacation. Contact Administrative Assistant Lynda Preston at email@example.com or 317-359-9651, extension 131.
Our Children’s Ministry is currently looking for volunteers to be a helping hand during children's church. They are also looking for volunteers to be lead teachers once a month. If you or anyone you know is interested please contact Pastor Tonya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor Tonya is looking into starting a young adults ministry if you are between the ages of 18 and 30 and are interested in being a part of a young adult group please contact Pastor Tonya at email@example.com for more information.
Our Youth group will be hosting an online dessert auction and Spaghetti Sauce sale in April. The money the raise will go to 2022 Mission Trip. Sauce will be sold for $10 a quart. If you would like to order some email Pastor Tonya at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are also looking for volunteers willing to bake a dessert and donate for the fundraiser. If you or anyone you know is interested please contact Pastor Tonya at email@example.com
Message Notes for this Sunday are below.
February 28: gods at war: gods of love
LOVE: a _______________ and _________________ commitment for the other’s good.
Is it possible that a relationship with a person has replaced my relationship with _________?
Now Laban had two daughters. The older daughter was named Leah, and the younger one was Rachel. There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face. Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, “I’ll work for you for seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.” Genesis 29:16-18
So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. Genesis 29:20
Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to lie with her.” So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her. Genesis 29:21-22
When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?” Genesis 29:25
Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, "It is because the LORD has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now." She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "Because the LORD heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too." So she named him Simeon. Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons." So he was named Levi. Genesis 29:32-34
In our culture romantic love is held up as the ____________ human ______________.
The problem comes when other relationships __________ God! (It becomes idolatry)
Ultimately nothing is more destructive to our love life than to put ______________ ______ on the throne instead of God.
God has ordered our lives in such a way that ____ __________ is to be our most significant ___________________.
She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "This time I will praise the LORD." So she named him Judah. Genesis 29:35
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Your Suffering is Over - from Pastor Rusty