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Lent Day 14: Everyone is On Their Knees

Mark 5 is an unbelievable account of belief! Multiple people ending up at the feet of Jesus. The first story involves a sick girl and a desperate father named Jarius. This fathers level of belief is overwhelming to me! He says, “(To Jesus) Please come and lay your hands on her so that she will get well and live.” (Mark 5:23).   By the time Jesus got around to going to heal this man’s daughter, Jairus’ friends came and said, ”Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher anymore? But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken said to Jairus, ‘Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” Just before Jesus honored the belief of Jairus and healed his daughter he did one other significant thing, he got belief out of the room. (v.40) He literally made sure everyone who didn’t believe that he could raise this girl from the dead get out of the room. Once the environment was right Jesus took the hand of the little girl and she got up!

Soon after Jairus corners Jesus and implores him to come and heal his daughter, Jesus finds himself in the midst of a large crowd. The bleeding woman or hemorrhaging woman, whatever we want to call her, had heard about Jesus. Her first thought was one of belief, “If I can just put my finger on his robe, I can get well.”(Mk5:28) So she makes her way in, and by in I mean she crawls to Jesus, and does that which she had believed for. Immediately Jesus felt something and noticed this woman on her knees. Even He was taken back by this kind of belief, and his statement to her is, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” (v.34).

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