Summary: The title says it all... What happens when a believer has an intense burden for the salvation of a loved one.

Having A Burden For Your Family

Mark 5:21-24; 35-42

If you have children… you care about meeting their needs.

There are:

1) Physical Needs

2) Emotional Needs

3) Financial Needs

4) Spiritual Needs

Some of you have elderly parents and you desire to meet their needs and make sure they are properly cared for

Some have the task of caring for grandchildren and you make them your priority,

We work to provide for our loved ones.

We sacrifice our own desires to care for our family.

We have a burden to see that they have everything they need and most of what they want.

1) Physical Needs:

We protect them from things that would harm them

We make sure they have food

2) Emotional Needs:

We encourage them

We comfort them when they are hurting

3) Financial Needs:

We ensure that they have clothes, shoes & shelter

4) Spiritual Needs:

We teach them the bible

We lead them spiritually

We set an example for them to follow

Unfortunately, there are many who put plenty of emphasis on the Physical, Emotional & financial needs but neglect the spiritual welfare of their children.

Some are more concerned with their child being:popular than spiritual, they would rather have their child be a good athlete than a godly young man or young woman. They spend more time teaching them life lessons and never the Word of God. They work hard to give them temporal material goods and forsaking the eternal

With that being said, fortunately there are many who truly have a burden to see their children, parents, siblings and extended families come to know Jesus

Our text for today tells of a Father, who had an extreme burden for his daughter,

Jairus was a “Jewish Leader” who had a 12 year old daughter who was at the point of death.

We see him as he falls at the feet of Jesus and pleads for Jesus to heal his precious daughter.

Jesus had been in the area and His fame began to spread…we are told in v21 (that) Jesus passed over by ship unto the other side, and many people gathered unto him

Why did MANY people gather around Jesus? Why did Jairus seek the help of Jesus? When we look at the scripture we see exactly why:

Jesus Heals A Demon Possessed Man 1:21-39

Jesus Heals A Leper 1:40-45

Jesus Heals A Quadriplegic 2:1-2

Jesus Calms A Raging Storm 4:35-41

Jesus Cures The Man Possessed With A Legion Of Demons 5:1-13

With a reputation of performing all of these miracles Jairus was intrigued by the stories he had heard of Jesus.

I believe that there is much hope and encouragement found in the story of Jairus.He had a burden for his daughter’s physical condition.

Maybe you have a burden for a family members “Spiritual Condition” Let’s take some time and consider the thought “Having A Burden For Your Family”

In Verses 22-23 we see:

I. What Jesus Says About Your Burden v22-40

The Key verse in this story is verse 36 {Jesus} said unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, ONLY BELIEVE!

When Jesus says “Believe” He means more than to think something is possible. He is referring to “Putting your faith in Him” Many of you put your faith in Christ to save you from your sins but you don’t trust Him with the events of your everyday life!

Faith is not as difficult when things are going good, But Jairus is not in a good situation. His Daughter is dying. His friends thought Jesus was a lunatic. Jairus was at a point of helplessness. Even as he reaches Jesus, he is interrupted as “the woman with the issue of blood” touches the hem of Jesus’ garment.

You may be in a similar situation with your burden for the spiritual condition of your loved one,

Things may seem hopeless, if so hearken to the words of Jesus ...ONLY BELIEVE!!!

A. When Difficulty Comes, BELIEVE! V22-23

1) The Humbleness Involved - v22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, v23a And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death:

Involved in this burden for your family member is humbleness.

Jairus humbly bowed himself at the feet of Jesus to make his request known,

If you have a burden, you must humble yourself at the feet of Jesus ...Bow before Him and share that burden with Him

We are encouraged to do this in the scriptures:

a) Peter mentioned this - 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

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