“Do Not Fear, Only Believe”

With vivid details, Mark retells the story of how Jesus encountered a desperate religious leader and a desperate diseased woman and changed their lives forever. Two very unlikely people are combined into one story of Jesus’ incarnational ministry to those among whom He walked. For one, Jesus offered a last ditch chance to see his daughter made well. For the other, Jesus was the only hope she had to make her 12 years of bleeding stop. For Jairus to approach Jesus went against everything he stood for; Jesus was a Jewish renegade. For the woman to approach Jesus, she would have to break every demand placed on her by a society that said she was unclean. For both, their faith made them well. Mark’s retelling of these stories reminds us that Jesus is more powerful than disasters, demons, disease, and death.