Daring to Believe
David A. Cawston
In this portion of scripture there are eight different responses to Jesus. Each one represents an experience in the usage or lack of the usage of the gift of faith.
Faith is one of those great commodities that God looks for in our life, yet He has given it to each one of us.
Romans 12:3 ". . .a measure of Faith"
In originates in our soul, when we see Jesus and we respond to love we feel from Him.
Martin Luther said, "Faith is a living daring confidence in God's grace. It is so sure and certain, that a man could stake his life upon it a thousand times."
Faith then is exposed in the New Testament, as not effort or a striving or restless seeking, but a response to God.
Hebrews defines it in Heb 11:1
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (NKJ)
In this portion of Mark, we find faith exercised or the lack of it in eight categories when people come face to face with Jesus.
I. Desperate Faith -Jairus
In Jairus we find faith born out of difficulties-
21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea.
22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet
23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live."
24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. (NKJ)
He was a man of prominence, wealth, and power. He was religious ruler of the synagogue, which meant that he was a leading elder in the local fellowship of Jews.
He only had one daughter, 12 years of age, who was lying at the point of death.
All of the other resources of healing had been exhausted.
In desperation and great risk of loosing everything he had, he fell at the feet of Jesus a ...
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