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Jairus’ Faith


Mark 5: 21-24.

All through scripture God speaks to us about faith….and how important faith is.

So, all through scripture God speaks to us about the importance of faith, of believing and trusting in Jesus and if I were to ask each of you this morning if you “have faith in Christ” you would say, “Yes.”

Because the reality is, there is always something that is going to come up and test or challenge your faith and the question is, will your faith hold strong or will it crumble and fail.

Here in Mark 5, starting in vs. 22 you read about a man named Jairus…and just like us his faith was tested, not just once but 5 times, and the things that tested him, are much the same things that will test us…and when they do, will your faith/my faith, like Jairus’, be strong enough to endure?

Let’s begin in verse 22. In verse 22 Jesus has just gotten off of the boat and He is by the sea side…and there is a multitude of people around Him….and Jairus comes up to Him.

Now that statement may not mean much to you but the fact that he is a “synagogue official” is significant.

Jairus is a “synagogue ruler.” That means he is an important man in town.

Now the last time that Jesus was in a synagogue he healed a man on the Sabbath and the Pharisees went outside and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

But look again at verse 22, and look what this influential Jewish man does!

The first obstacle or test of faith that Jairus encountered was the obstacle of PRIDE.

And just like Jairus, one of the major obstacles or tests of our faith…of our trusting in Jesus is pride.

Pride, what others might think, and what faith in Christ might cost you or me, is a test of faith that everyone of us has or will encounter and when we do, when you run the risk of losing your respected position, when you run the risk of losing some friends or family, when you run the risk of “what people might think of you”, will your faith be strong and overcome, or will it crumble and fail?

Look at the second thing that tested Jairus’ faith…or the second obstacle to his faith that he had to over come. Look at verse 23.

When he says, “that she might get well“, that is an indication that his little girl was sick, perhaps injured in some way.

When that happens we sometimes think, “God, why did you let this happen?”

But Jairus doesn’t do that.

Look at what else tested Jairus’ faith. Look at verse 30.

“And immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?”

Imagine what is going through Jairus’ mind.

And what does He stop to do?

Jairus is having to deal with the same test of his faith that we sometimes have to deal with and that is the test of DELAY.

And then we start to think, “If God won’t fix it today, maybe there is no God.”

And yet when we look at the great men and women of faith in scripture every one of them went through a time of waiting.

Before God is going to use a man or woman mightily he is going to find out, “Can they wait for my agenda and not push their agenda on me?”

How does your faith handle delay?

Look at the fourth test of faith that we sometimes encounter. It is found in verse 35 and it is called DESPAIR. Look at this:

“Your daughter has died”– nothing will shake your faith like that will.

But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken.”

“Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, don’t be afraid. You just keep on believing.”

If something like this happened to you…if your child, or you mate, or someone you are close to dies, do you say, “Lord, I don’t need you anymore?” Or do you say, “I don’t understand but I will continue to be faithful no matter what?”

A strong faith is going to keep trusting in Jesus even in the worst situations.

And look at the final test of Jairus’ faith. Look at vs. 40.

But that is the way the world is. The world is going to deride you and laugh at you and put your faith to the test.

Well, Jairus doesn’t let their DERISION deter his faith and look what happens. Read vs. 40-43.

40 And they began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was. 41 And taking the child by the hand, He said to her, “Talitha kum!”(which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”). 42 And immediately the girl rose and began to walk; for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded. 43 And He gave them strict orders that no one should know about this; and He said that something should be given her to eat.

Jairus’ story has a happy ending. All because of his determined, dedicated, unwavering faith even in the face of derision?

So, now again, what about your faith? Will it or has it with stood the test of PRIDE? Has it stood strong no matter what people might say or think, no matter what your faith may cost you?

Because of his enduring faith, Jairus’ story had a happy ending. He put aside his pride and trusted in Jesus in the face of illness, delay, despair and derision…and because he did, his story had a happy ending.