The Gospel Challenge ~ Have Faith in the Crowd

The Gospel Challenge ~ Have Faith in the Crowd Sermon Audio Here


Mark 5:21-43

The school system in a large city had a program to help children keep up with their school work during stays in the city’s hospitals. One day a teacher who was assigned to the program received a routine call asking her to visit a particular child. She took the child’s name and room number and talked briefly with the child’s regular class teacher. “We’re studying nouns and adverbs in his class now,” the regular teacher said, “and I’d be grateful if you could help him understand them so he doesn’t fall too far behind.”

The hospital program teacher went to see the boy that afternoon. No one had mentioned to her that the boy had been badly burned and was in great pain. Upset at the sight of the boy, she stammered as she told him, “I’ve been sent by your school to help you with nouns and adverbs.” When she left she felt she hadn’t accomplished much.

But the next day, a nurse asked her, “What did you do to that boy?” The teacher felt she must have done something wrong and began to apologize. “No, no,” said the nurse. “You don’t know what I mean. We’ve been worried about that little boy, but ever since yesterday, his whole attitude has changed. He’s fighting back, responding to treatment. It’s as though he’s decided to live.”

Two weeks later the boy explained that he had completely given up hope until the teacher arrived. Everything changed when he came to a simple realization. He expressed it this way: “They wouldn’t send a teacher to work on nouns and adverbs with a dying boy, would they?”

Bits & Pieces, July 1991.

To Keep Faith in the Midst of Despair, Remember:

Christ is Diligently at God’s Work
(Mark 5:21-24)

  • v22/23 – what Jarius asks is already in Jesus’ job description;
  • ask according to God’s will

Circumstances Don’t Dictate God’s Work
(Mark 5:25-34)

  • v25/28 woman with a problem reaches out for Jesus
  • v29/30 connecting to Christ makes the change
  • v31/34 connection/faith/trust in God becomes the channel of God’s work

Challenge Doesn’t Derail God’s Work
(Mark 5:35-43)

  • v35/36 the challenge: to trust in the face of despair
  • v37/40 Jesus comes to our place of despair
  • v41/43 Jesus’ word can turn despair into joy

If you focus on your circumstances instead of the Savior, you could get lost in despair; therefore, whether in solitude or the midst of the crowd, look to Christ and live!

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