J. S. BACH: CANTATA Nº 208, 'SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE', BWV 208
21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. 22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live." Mark 5:21-23 (NKJV)
Jesus, we join Jairus in pleacding to you for the healing of children.
24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. 25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well." 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. Mark 5:24-29 (NKJV)
Once when I had finished teaching a computer course at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, one of the nuclear engineers came to me in the hallway with this question: "Torre, why are there are so more miracles in Africa than there are here?" I answered that I though it was because we had all sorts of fall-back positions (such as doctors, health care, etc), with Jesus at the end of the line. This woman had come to that place where Jesus was her only fall-back. Lord, help us come to Jesus first rather than last.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes?" 31 But His disciples said to Him, "You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, Who touched Me?' " 32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction." Mark 5:30-34 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us acknowledge openly the work that Jesus has done in our lives.
35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue's house who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" 36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe." 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. 39 When He came in, He said to them, "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping." 40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, "Talitha, cumi," which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise." 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. 43 But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat. Mark 5:35-43 (NKJV)
Father, help us let Jesus do ministry in whatever way he wants to do it. Don't let us impose our sense of order decorum get in the way of his work among us.
1 Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:1-2 (NKJV)
LORD, I depend on your tender mercies to cleanse me of my sins. Thank you for your work in my life.
A Word Received: Look to me for light when all else is dark.
TIS THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT SINGING (AR HYD Y NOS ARR. JOHN FERGUSON)