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Experiencing Jesus (23 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
Mark 5:21-25, 35-43
Last weekend was a great weekend for many reasons. All weekend long Bro. Morgan spoke of "Experiencing God" referring to Blackaby's "Experiencing God" study and how it had impacted his life. When you experience God it does impact your life. You don't experience God by learning about God; you experience God when He works around, in, and through you. By the way, when this happens - life is never the same.
John begins his gospel by reminding us that Jesus is God. "In the beginning was the word, the word was with God, the word was God, and Jesus is that word." Jesus is God the Son who came to this world to redeem our "sin-sick soul". We find help, hope, and life when we experience Jesus.
Today we read of a man named Jarius who experienced Jesus. This man was an unlikely candidate to experience Jesus because, quite frankly, he was a part of the group who had this spiritual thing all figured out. They had their religion, they had their traditions, and they had their church just the way they wanted it - and following Jesus didn't really fit in.
I submit we have a large number of Jarius' today. These are those who have church all figured out. He was a RULER of the synagogue - enough said. Don't you like how that sounds - "RULER"? In other words, he was one of those who 'ran things.' All of a sudden his little daughter, the love of his life - the apple of his eye was dying. At this point, all his power and authority lost its meaning because he was over his head and needed someone else.
I offer this today, every one of us here needs someone else. We don't simply need to know about Jesus, we need Jesus.
Most of us are away that just a few months ago Pastor Rick Warren and Wife Kay lost their 27 year old son, Matthew, to a suicide. This past Sunday Bro. Rick came back to the pulpit with some very personal, powerful, and even profound though ...
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