Summary: A sermon considering the mircle of salvation at the hands of Jesus Christ
Searching For A Miracle
• People today are searching for many different things.
o Some are looking for love
o Some are looking for money
o Some are looking for opportunity
o Some are looking for answers
o Some are looking for fulfillment
And some are just looking for a miracle!!
Whatever the reason, they are facing certain situations and their only answer is a miracle.
Webster’s defines a “miracle” as: an event that appears to be contrary to the laws of nature and is regarded as an act of God
You may find yourself at a place where you cannot solve your problem on your own, you have tried everything and looked everywhere with no success. Through your struggle you have failed to look to the One who can do what no other can do. We serve a miracle working God and nothing is beyond His power. Just think for a moment about all of the miracles that Jesus has performed in the Gospel up to the time of this miracle..
o Turned water into wine
o Healed the Nobleman’s son
o Cast out demons
o Healed Peter’s mother-in-law
o Healed many of the sick in the city
o Cleansed a leper
o Healed the Centurion’s servant
o Healed a paralyzed man
o Healed the man with the withered hand
o Raised the widow’s son
o Calmed the raging storm
o Cast demons into a herd of pigs
As we come to our selected text we find one miracle being interrupted by another miracle. Look to Mark 5:24 “And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him” We arrive in the midst of the story of Jairus and his sick daughter. She was 12 years old and at the point of death, in fact she did die. Jairus went to Jesus for a miracle and that is exactly what happened, Jesus raised the little girl from the dead. As they are headed to Jairus’ daughter, Jesus is interrupted by the lady that we read about in verses 24-34. She is described as a “woman with an issue of blood” This was a lady who was searching for answers …she needed a miracle.
Tonight I want to preach on the subject “Searching for a Miracle” In this encounter between Jesus and this lady we see certain elements that may come in the life of one who is searching for a miracle.
I. The Severe Desperation Involved v25-26
Miracles… people get real skeptical when you hear that word. Even Christians roll their eyes when you speak about God working a miracle. We fail to realize that miracles still happen today just as they did in the time of Jesus. It is one thing for an unbeliever to be skeptical about a miracle, but if you are saved you have already experienced the greatest miracle of all time …SALVATION!!! Some people have to reach a devastating situation before they are willing to open their eyes and see that God is their only hope and to see that God can & will work a miracle in their life.
Look at this woman’s situation for a moment:
A. The Sickness - v25a And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood
“An issue of blood” - speaks of hemorrhaging, or bleeding, from some part of the body.
This woman endured a continual flow of blood.Due to her blood loss, she would have been weak and anemic.She would have been pale in appearance and would have had no energy at all. Do you know what it is like to have no energy at all? It is frustrating and discouraging. We can assume that as a result of her physical ailments, she may have experienced depression and discouragement.
B. The Span - v25b “twelve years” - Not only did she face serious health problems, but she also found no relief. She had endured this disease for 12 years …over a decade of sickness. This woman would have been considered unclean according to the Law. This would have resulted in social isolation:
Leviticus 15:25 And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean. 26 Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation. 27 And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.