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Rev. Brian Vickers
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June 27, 2021
Sunday Worship Service
Prelude: Fairest Lord Jesus – Silesian folk tune, arr. Wendy Stevens
Opening Video: Faithfull God
Welcome & Greeting:
Lighting the Christ Candle
Hymn: “Praise To The Lord The Almighty”
Call to Worship and Opening Prayer:
The Lords Prayer
Scripture: Mark 5:21-43 New International Version (NIV
21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” His disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” 35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” 36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Solo: The Shepherd – text from Isaiah 40:11; music by Mary Caldwell
When Your World Crashes
In last week’s gospel story – we saw Jesus quiet a furious storm on the Sea of Galilee. In that story – he accuses the disciples of not having enough faith – I summarized that the faith they lacked – was actually faith in themselves. If they had just had enough faith in themselves – they wouldn’t have had to wake Jesus up and ask Him for a miracle.
But that’s not always the case. Sometimes we are faced with things that – we can never be expected to deal with. Sometimes – through no fault of our own – our world comes crashing down on us.
Take this past year and a half for example. People have lost their jobs – their livelihood – their homes – some even their lives. All because of a virus that they – personally – had absolutely no control over.
Faith in yourself is important – but sometimes – it’s not enough. Whether or not they had the power to do anything about the storm themselves – the disciples had Faith that Jesus – did – have the power. So – Jesus utters a few simple words – peace – be still.
Regardless of how much faith they had in Jesus – still – the Disciples were amazed – What kind of man is this that even the wind and waves obey His voice – they asked.
When Mark wrote his gospel about the life of Jesus – he had one purpose in mind – to authenticate the claims of Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah of Israel.
Each of the miracle stories in Mark – proves Jesus to be not only the Messiah – but Lord of all. As Lord of creation – He quiets the storm.
Eugene Petersen wrote – Jesus spoke – and the wind ran out of breath – and the sea became smooth as glass. And in today’s reading – Jesus is Lord over sickness and even death. A woman simply touches His garment – healed – and Jairus’s Daughter – raised from the dead.
It might be helpful to point out – that in these miracle stories – the individuals involved – were completely helpless and hopeless.
There was no coast guard to help with rescue – no specialized hospitals like U of T or Mount Sinai – the knowledge of Physicians in the 1st century was incapable of helping them – and there was no OHIP to help with the cost of medical care.
The storm on the lake terrified experienced sailors. The woman had been seeing doctors for twelve years with only a worsening condition. The young girl was no longer sick – she was dead. The worlds of these people were crashing down around them. But – in the most hopeless cases – when Jesus is present – there is healing – deliverance – and salvation.
The miracles don’t just demonstrate the power of Jesus – they also tell us about the kind of person Jesus is. What we see in these passages – is not just that God is a God of infinite power – but that He is a God of infinite compassion and tenderness when your world crashes in on you. He is deeply touched by human needs. He is sensitive to our sufferings and trials in life.
Jairus was an official of the synagogue. He was a man of influence and prestige – but when he came to Jesus – he did so as a desperate father seeking to spare the life of his critically ill child.
Jesus was not in the neighbourhood when the child became sick – remember – He had just recently crossed over the Sea of Galilee. Imagine what it must have been like for Jairus – knowing that Jesus could have healed his daughter earlier – he must have been wringing his hands and heart in worry.
But now that Jesus is back in Capernaum – Jairus is there – probably waiting on the dock. But there is another very large crowd – he must quickly find Jesus and ask for His healing touch – time is critical – an unnamed illness has struck down the apple of his eye.
His daughter’s fever was high – her breathing shallow – the symptoms would not disappear. With each passing hour her health deteriorated – Doctors were called – but nothing could be done.
Most of us have been through something like this – we know life doesn’t always follow our road map. We long for level highways – life offers hairpin turns and detours for road construction. We desire happiness – but sorrow comes our way. Jairus was no different.
He finds Jesus in the crowd – My little daughter is dying – Please come and place your hand on her so she will be healed. So – according to Mark – Jesus went with Him. But on the way – they were interrupted. Jesus meets up with someone else who needs His help. Every minute was critical – and the only one who could help was interrupted.
Who was this woman? The nature of this woman’s illness meant that she fell under the stipulations outlined in Leviticus chapter 15. She would have to be pronounced unclean. Bleeding for 12 years – that meant that she had been an outcast for 12 years.
She couldn’t take part in any religious observances – in fact – she couldn’t have any public contact without defiling those whom she touched. If she was married – she’d be forced to be separated from her husband. Last of all – this poor woman has lost all her financial resources trying to heal herself. Mark tells us that she had spent all her money on doctor bills – with no relief – in fact – she got worse – and in those days – there was no such thing as a malpractice suit.
This unnamed woman – like Jairus – had heard that Jesus was back in Capernaum – and she set out to find relief through His power. Jairus – was a prominent citizen – wealthy – respected – while the woman lived in poverty – a virtual exile from her own family.
The man came publicly with concern for his daughter – the woman slid secretly – cautiously through the crowd. Conditioned – no doubt – by her long-term rejection and isolation – she dared not approach Jesus to ask for a miracle. Her physical contact would defile all that she touched. The best she could hope for was a secret healing – But I only need to touch the hem of His garment – she said.
The disciples were there to keep the crowds from crushing Jesus – like body guards. Almost imperceptibly – a hand reached out and touched the robe of Jesus.
There is something about this woman’s faith that catches the eye. She just knew that all she had to do was touch Jesus – she didn’t need his attention – she didn’t his time. just touch him – and that would be enough.
She new that Jesus was the real deal. He was God’s man – and she knew – she just knew – that God could heal her – and God did.
The Savior stopped – took a look around and asked – Who touched Me? His question seemed foolish to the disciples. How could they possibly identify someone in this crowd?
Jesus wasn’t put off – He wanted to know – He waited – He watched. Finally – a lady came forward and confessed she had been the one. Jesus had been her last hope – her only hope.
To be healed is why she touched Him – and now she was. Jesus gave His blessing – Daughter – your faith has made you well – Go in peace and be healed of your disease.
Her world is restored – but in that moment – what was left of Jairus’ world came crashing down. He saw his servants coming with tears in their eyes – He knew. Your daughter has died – they said – don’t bother the teacher anymore.
A teacher? Is that all Jesus is? Last night He hushed the raging storm. He has just healed a woman who was sick for years – he cast out demons in Jairus’s own synagogue.
No – He is more than just a teacher – but is He God? Can He bring the dead back to life? Jesus ignored the words of the servants, and spoke encouragingly to Jairus – Don’t be afraid – just believe
What ties these two stories together is that – in both accounts – people are called to believe the impossible. Just as the woman with chronic bleeding believed in an impossible cure – Jesus now challenges Jairus to that same level of belief – Don’t be afraid – just believe
Taking Peter – James – and John with Him Jesus left the crowd with the rest of His disciples and continued to the home of the deceased daughter. Outside the home the commotion of a typical near-eastern funeral had already begun.
All of this carrying-on was unnecessary – Jesus told them – for the girl was not dead – but asleep. Jesus knows that death is not a permanent state – but a temporary one. Death couldn’t claim this girl – for the Prince of Life was present.
Thinking our Lord to be either naive or completely self-deceived the professional mourners mocked and ridiculed Him by their laughter. They knew death when they saw it.
But Jesus dismisses them – they don’t believe – so they don’t get to see the miracle. Talitha koum – little girl – get up. Another world restored.
So that brings it back to us. What are willing to believe when it seems that our worlds are crashing down around us? Will you believe the impossible? I’m not talking about – blind faith. That’s a faith where we put God to the test – restricting him to a healing or else. Make me well – or I won’t believe in you anymore.
I’m talking about holding onto God when you have nothing else to hold onto. About believing that God can do what doesn’t otherwise seem humanly possible. God the healer. God the interceder – Faith has power.
There’s a story I’ve heard a couple of times about a teacher that was working in a children’s hospital – helping patients stay on top of their schoolwork.
She received a call to visit a boy who was in the burn unit. His regular teacher had called her with a request – We’re studying nouns and adverbs in class – they won’t tell us how he’s doing – but I’d be grateful if you could help him with his homework so he doesn’t fall too far behind his classmates.
Not knowing what to expect – the teacher went – it was her job. She wasn’t prepared for what she found. The boy was in a clean room – almost entirely covered in bandages – suspended from straps so that there was little pressure on his skin. He was obviously in severe pain and being kept alive by medication and intense care.
She approached hesitantly and softly said – I’m the hospital teacher – Mrs. Barnes your teacher at school asked me to help you with your nouns and adverbs. She then proceeded to stumble through a lesson.
The next day a nurse asked the substitute teacher – What did you do to that boy? Before the teacher could offer her apologies for being uncomfortable and unprepared – the nurse continued – We were worried about him. But ever since you saw him yesterday – his entire outlook has changed. For the first time since he came here – he’s actually fighting – he’s responding – he’s got a new lease on life.
What happened? The boy eventually shared that he had given up. He felt hopeless and helpless – he figured this was the end – he was never going to leave the hospital alive.
But when he thought about the teacher who had come to see him – he thought – the school wouldn’t waste its money – time and concern sending a teacher to work on nouns and adverbs with a dying boy – would they?
You and I – like Jairus – like the unnamed woman – like the little boy with burns – sometimes we can’t get out from under the weight of things crashing down. But what if we knew that someone believed we were worth the effort – that someone else would sacrifice something because we were worth saving.
At just the right time – saint Paul writes – when we were powerless to save ourselves – from the storms of life – Jesus came.
He came to offer His unstained – sinless life as a perfect sacrifice – for you and me. As John says – God demonstrated His love for us in that while were still sinners – Jesus died for us.
Jesus said to Jairus – Don’t be afraid – just believe. With those words – Jairus had hope – Little girl – get up. – And she did!
Whatever bad situation you find yourself today – do not doubt – believe. There are no helpless situations for Jesus – who has power even over death.
That’s the last we hear of the nameless woman or of Jairus’s daughter – but if you’re like me – you’d like to know the rest of the story – the little girl – did her parents become Jewish Christians – did it change the way Jairus ran the synagogue – did she get married – have children of her own – did her family become followers of the Way? And what about the nameless woman – did she live happily ever after.
Mark never tells us – but that’s not the point of recording these miracles. Mark isn’t trying to tell us that believing means living happily ever after. But we are being shown the power of belief.
What we see in these passages is not just that God is a God of infinite power – but that He is a God of infinite compassion and tenderness when your world crashes in on you. God is deeply touched by human needs – He is sensitive to our sufferings and trials in life.
Jesus said – do not let your heart be troubled – you believe in God – believe also in me.
When our world crashes down upon us – we do need – like the disciples in the boat – to believe in ourselves. But even more – like – Jairus – like the unknown woman – we have to believe in the one who will sacrifice everything for us. For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son. Little girl – get up.
Hymn: “In Christ Alone”
Hymn: “Lord Of The Dance”
Benediction and Commissioning
Postlude: Fugue BWV 868 – J.S. Bach Played by Katie Sun