Faith Makes All the Difference (Mark 5:21-43)
A lot of people admire Jesus. Crowds loved to observe Jesus at work and were impressed with His messages. But many did not have a faith in Him that saves. The Lord responds to two in Mark 5 whose faith is an example of saving faith – Jairus and a very ill woman. Both had faith that made a difference. It took a crisis in their lives to bring it about. Jairus had plenty of money but doctors were powerless. But openly going to Jesus meant criticism from his peers. He was a synagogue official and you didn’t openly follow Jesus in that position. His faith would undoubtedly cost him his esteemed position. But his growing faith moved him to beg help from Jesus. A woman in misery for 12 years, bleeding internally all that time, had spent all she had on doctors and was now destitute. Both this woman and Jairus were desperate. Jesus was their last and only hope. If desperation leads to faith – that desperation is invaluable. Jesus responded to the faith of the woman and healed her.
“I have tried, and tried in vain,
Many ways to ease my pain;
Now all other hope is past,
Only this is left at last:
Here before thy cross I lie;
Here I live or here I die.”
(H.D.M. Spence Jones)
Jairus had faith that would grow as he observed what Jesus did for the woman. Jesus responded to the faith of Jairus and raised his daughter from the dead.
“without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Jesus rewarded the faith of these weak but trusting individuals. It was not the measure of their faith, it was the object of faith that made the difference. It was Who they trusted that changed everything.