Ignoring Them

Bible Reading: Mark 5:21- 42

Text verse: 36
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue,
Be not afraid, only believe.


The New Testament records many Miracles that Jesus did to remind us firstly that:
Luke 18:27
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.


But secondly we need also to remember:
Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.


The healing of Jariusí Daughter is one of the miracles of Jesus recorded by three of the Gospel Writers
- namely Matthew, Mark and Luke.

But it is a Miracle that almost never happened!
You see - before Jesus could reach the Rulersí house the little girl had died..

Messenger came to bring Jarius the news:
Mark 5:35
While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogueís house certain which said,
Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?


Those Messengers who conveyed to Jarius the news of his daughterís death added a word of advice for Jarius:
Donít trouble the Master any further!
Donít brother the Teacher anymore!
Donít trouble Jesus any further, your daughter is dead, it is too late for a miracle!
Why bother the Teacher further?

You see these messengers from Jariusí House thought that they had reached a place or stage
where Jesus no longer was able to help.
I call this the Miracle that almost never happened.

But this was not the case and is never the case - But first listen to our Text verse -
Mark 5: 36 in a few other translations:

But first the text verse in the King James Version:
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue,
Be not afraid, only believe.


NIV
Ignoring what He said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler,
Donít be afraid, just believe.

New American Bible
Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official,
ďDo not be afraid; just have faith.Ē


Williams NT
But Jesus paid no attention to what was said.

Those Messengers did not know what Jesus could do -
Luke 18:27
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.


But they soon were to find out!
If a mighty miracle was to take place their word had to be ignored!

Mark 5:36 (NIV)
Ignoring what He said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler,
Donít be afraid, just believe.


Friend, If you want to follow Jesus - If you want to witness a Miracle -
you sometimes have to ignore the well meaning advice of those who donít understand!
You have to keep on following Jesus -
Jarius had to have faith in Jesus and continue with HIM on the way.

Jarius, continued with Jesus and his daughter was raised from the dead!

Friend when they tell you the situation is hopeless -
remember there is always a Mighty Miracle Working Lord to whom you can go!

If you want a mighty miracle ignore what others say and trust the LORD!
Listen to the Word of God!

YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION IS HOPELESS
Friend, forgive me, but let me ask you a question
- Why is your financial situation hopeless?

Elijah met a widow woman at the gate of the city gathering fire-wood.
He asked her for some water and something to eat.
Listen to her reply:

1 Kings 17:12
And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake,
but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse:
and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son,
that we may eat it, and die.


That we may eat and die!
No hope for the future - No hope of money for food for tomorrow!

Listen to what, Elijah tells her:
1 Kings 17:13-15
And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said:
but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me,
and after make for thee and for thy son.
For thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail,
until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah:
and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.

This is the Bible principle:
Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.


Why is your financial situation hopeless?
Is it not perhaps because you have ignored this Bible Principle?

Luke 6:38
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together,
and running over, shall men give into your bosom.
For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.


If you want a mighty miracle ignore what others say and trust the LORD!
Listen to the Word of God!
Put God first in your life and you can be assured of your daily needs!

THE CHURCH SITUATION IS HOPELESS
Turn away now my friend and you may miss out on the great miracle that is in store for this Church!
Revival must come and souls must be won for the Kingdom - this is the will of God - listen to the Word:

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.


This is the reason why I am convinced that this Church will one day be filled to overflowing!

But let me add something:
Matthew 9:37
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.


Did you know that more then 95% of people who come to Church for the first time
- did not come because of a Newspaper advert or because a Pastor visited them -
or any other reason. They came because a friend or Family member invited them!
If you want a mighty miracle ignore what others say and trust the LORD!
Listen to the Word of God!

MY HEALTH IS FAILING ME
Friend, Christ promised us strength enough for each day.
Remember His promise:
Hebrews 13:5
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.


And remember the promise:
Exodus 15:26
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God,
and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments,
and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee,
which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.


If you want a mighty miracle ignore what others say and trust the LORD!
Listen to the Word of God!

MY FUTURE LOOKS DARK
No matter how dark the future may seem - remember
Psalm 34:17
The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.


With Christ at you side you have a friend to who you can turn in times of trouble.

If you want a mighty miracle ignore what others say and trust the LORD!
Listen to the Word of God!

But Friend, in closing, I must ask, can you really face the future without Christ?
Without Christ - where will you spend Eternity?
Jesus said:
John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

If Christ is not the one you are following then Friend, where will your road end?

Heavenís shore can only be reached by following HIM
- will you make a U turn and follow HIM from today onwards?

If you want a mighty miracle ignore what others say and trust the LORD!
Heed the Word of God!


AMEN

Pastor CSJ Claassen
PO Box 99
Welkom
South Africa
9460

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