We Have To Have Faith

Lost and Found

“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission. www.GregOlsen.com

Gospel – February 4, 2020 – Mark 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
to the other side,
a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
“My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live.”
He went off with him
and a large crowd followed him.


There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
and had spent all that she had.
Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
and touched his cloak.
She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”
Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”
But his disciples said to him,
“You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
and yet you ask, Who touched me?”
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
approached in fear and trembling.
She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”


While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said,
“Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.”
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
“Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep.”
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child’s father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”
which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.

Today we hear the story of the miracle on the way to a miracle.

But what strikes me most is the absolute faith woman suffering the hemorrhage and the father of the dying child had that Jesus was the miracle.

The leader of the local synagogue begs Jesus to come heal his daughter who is very sick. He knows Jesus can make her well. So, they set off, Jesus, the apostles, the father and the crowd.

Imagine the crowd they are fighting through. How many people are touching him. But he immediately knows when the woman reaches out and touches his robe. Be cause he feels the healing go out from him. She didn’t even touch his person – just his clothes.

I wish I knew that faith. And that faith, Jesus said, is what healed her. Time and again he tells them it’s their faith that heals.

Then the father receives the news his daughter has died. Imagine what that must be like – seeing the miracle of the woman healed only to lose your chance to save your daughter. Devastating.

But Jesus tells him, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”

And the child is resurrected by his faith.

Miracles happen. But they DO NOT happen without faith.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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