Summary: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” 2 Cor. 8:9.

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! Mark 5:21-43 Theme: Christ died so that we might live

Text: 2 Sam. 1:1, 17-27; 2 Cor. 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43

God has a divine plan for our lives. This plan is in the Word of God and this life is only possible when one lives a life of obedience to the Word of God. Such a life is a life of purity, prayer and power. Jesus Christ led a perfect life and His life was an expression or a manifestation of His words. There was no contradiction between His Words and His life. As Christians we claim to be like Christ. We know His Words but it appears either we do not believe them or we interpret them the way it suits us and so live lives that are not according to His Words. As Christians we are always affirming our belief in Christ as Saviour and Lord but our lives seem to be saying something otherwise. We are saved or become Christians when we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead. We do this by faith as the Christian experience, from start to finish, is a journey of faith. Through faith we come into possession of a new life and through it we walk in this new life. But today many Christians would rather believe the advertisements they see or hear about than believe what the Word of God declares. It really appears that we are prepared to believe anything but the Word of God. If, for example, your boss were to promise you a raise in salary, you would believe him and not question it and go home rejoicing. So why do we question what God says? It is only when we believe the Word of God and act on it that it becomes a reality in our lives. The woman with the issue of blood believed the Word of God and touched the hem of His garment and was restored to good health. Jairus believed the Word of God and acted on it and his daughter was raised from the dead. We also have every reason to believe the Word of God for to live we have to believe that Christ died so that we might live.

God’s divine will for man is “that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” John 10:10. Life is a journey and God’s plan is for us to glorify His name by enjoying this journey and good health is part of His plan. Just as God’s healing power was available to the woman with an incurable condition for 12 years, and to the little 12 year old girl near death, so His healing power is also available to us. Just as both of them came to the Lord with their needs, so also should we come to Him with ours. We can only enjoy life’s journey with someone who is able to overcome life’s problems and the only person who can do that is Jesus Christ. The abundant life is to live the life of Christ and enjoy His peace. Christ does not only heal our infirmities He saves us, reconciles us with the Father and gives us His peace, that peace that passes understanding. After healing the woman with the issue of blood, Jesus delayed His journey to the house of Jairus. He wanted the woman to admit what she had done. Of course Jesus knew who had touched Him but He wanted her to publicly acknowledge Him to complete the miracle.

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