Bringing Life
by STEVE ELLISON
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Bringing Life

Pastor Steve Ellison

 

Jairus, a synagogue official, came to Jesus in Mark 5:22 with an unsurmountable problem.  His twelve year old daughter was dying.  Jesus was always compassionate.  He went to the home of Jairus to help.  However, Jesus was also always aware of teachable moments to train his disciples. In this case, Jesus took the opportunity to separate His inner circle from the rest of His disciples so that He could teach them a very important lesson. Jairus’ daughter died before Jesus got to her.  Jesus was about to restore life to this very dead girl.  We know that she was dead because of the presence of mourners, both volunteer and paid.  It was customary to pay musicians and wailers to give a public demonstration of the family’s grief (Amos 5:16).  In spite of Jesus speaking metaphorically about her only being asleep, there is no doubt that she was in fact dead.

 

Some teach that Jesus brought Peter, James, and John to the home of Jairus so that they could serve as witnesses to the fact that this girl was dead.  That was totally unnecessary.  The paid mourners testify to that fact.  Peter, James, and John were there for their education.  Jesus was showing them a physical resurrection to illustrate spiritual resurrection.  Jesus can raise the physically dead, imparting new life to them.  More importantly, Jesus can raise the spiritually dead, imparting new and eternal life to them.  In this scene (Mark 5:35-43), Jesus spoke four times.  In verse 36, He gave a word of encouragement, which is a word of faith.  The key is “only keep believing”.  In verse 39, Jesus spoke a word of hope, declaring not that the girl was not dead, but rather that He could raise the dead as easily as we can wake the sleeping. In verse 41, Jesus spoke the word of life and power.  He commanded the girl to do that which is impossible apart from His enabling power.

 

Peter, James, and John witnessed a frantic and emotional scene.  They learned many valuable lessons about what happens when Jesus is brought in faith to the spiritually dead (verses 35-43).  Unbelievers will jeer and mock, treating Jesus with scorn.  Those walking by sight will tell us under the guise of kindly helpfulness, that it is too late and no use to bring Jesus.  Bystanders will cause distractions and they will only get louder.  Jesus can and will quickly and forcefully dispense with the distractions and those who cause them.  Only Jesus can speak new life into the spiritually dead.  Some readers are confused about Jesus command not to tell anyone and they teach that since it was not yet time for Jesus to go the cross, He was simply keeping His fame from spreading too quickly.  Certainly there is some truth to that, but I think there is a more important reason. 

 

When we bring Jesus to a spiritually dead person and He imparts life, there is no need for us to testify or witness to that.  If a dead person comes to life, the new life in the formerly dead person is testimony that cannot be hidden.  If the watching world cannot see the change from death to life, then life has not been imparted and this spiritually dead person is still dead in trespasses and sins.  Mark notes that Jesus told them to feed the girl.  When a person is born again, it is our responsibility to nourish him with Truth.  This newborn will be helpless to feed himself; he will need us to teach him about Christ.  He will need us to teach encouragement and gentle correction that is found in the sacred Scripture.  …..…..pastorsteve8800@gmail.com
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March 02, 2014
I know this is off topic,, of your little speech or preach,,,,

But the fact is This country and it churches have forgotten to teach from the old testament,,, The morals have been left behind,,, as we have a huge problem with QUEERISM,,,

WITH THAT I LEAVE THIS,,,

Because the churches today have abandon the teaching of the old testament.. That is why you have this crap going on,,, beware of false witness,,, as churches today are full of it,,, if you support Queers,, then your part of it,,, as well as breaking the laws of nature,,,

Unlawful Sexual Relations

1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'I am the LORD your God. 3 You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. 4 You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God. 5 Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD.

6 " 'No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD.

7 " 'Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.

8 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife; that would dishonor your father.

9 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.

10 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter; that would dishonor you.

11 " 'Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father's wife, born to your father; she is your sister.

12 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your father's sister; she is your father's close relative.

13 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, because she is your mother's close relative.

14 " 'Do not dishonor your father's brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.

15 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son's wife; do not have relations with her.

16 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would dishonor your brother.

17 " 'Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.

18 " 'Do not take your wife's sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.

19 " 'Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.

20 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor's wife and defile yourself with her.

21 " 'Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed [a] to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.

22 " 'Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

23 " 'Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

24 " 'Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. 25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26 But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the aliens living among you must not do any of these detestable things, 27 for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. 28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.

29 " 'Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people. 30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.' "

Just wondering... If this was simple enough for those with simple mines... or should I say sheeple...