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Jesus is the Great Physician (Mark 5:21-43)

Updated: Jun 21, 2020

Sermon on 14 Jun 2020 by Pastor Jusin

Introduction

Today we will embark on the second installment of the series on healing. May He grant you strength if you are weak, may the sick be healed, and may you be filled with the spirit of comfort.

Message

Disease and illness are the enemy. They are not of love and God is love. God does not create sickness or calamity. Healing is within the plan of redemption and Jesus is our physician.

Let us be clear about where disease comes from. Sickness and death came as a result of the fall of man. The origin of disease is Satan. When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Everything began to grow old and die. Sickness comes from the devil.

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned - Romans 5:12

“So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound – think of it – for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” - Luke 13:16

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. - John 10:10

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. – Acts 10:38

God never put sickness in Job. The devil put it in him (Job chapters 1 and 2). Satan is the author of sickness and disease.

God is love. God is light. God is life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

1. We can come to Jesus with our request, for Jesus is our Great Physician

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. And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 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.” So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. - Mark 5:21-24

Jesus will always hear the cries of the distressed. Jesus cares for those in trouble. He is all-powerful and is always willing and able. Jesus combats Satan all the time. Disease will surrender to Him.

Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” – John 5:19

Jairus was a prominent man. He was one of the leaders of the synagogue. He went to Jesus for the most significant need and he knew that Jesus was the only one who could meet this need. He went to Jesus in great humility and faith.

When we come to Jesus with our request, let us all come with faith. Draw near to Jesus with humility. Jesus is our only hope. Jesus is never too busy to help someone in need.

2. We can approach Jesus in our suffering for Jesus is our Great Physician

Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” - Mark 5:25-34

This woman had suffered for most than a decade. She was considered unclean and anyone she touched who accordingly become unclean.

If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, other than at the time of her customary impurity, or if it runs beyond her usual time of impurity, all the days of her unclean discharge shall be as the days of her customary impurity. She shall be unclean. - Leviticus 15:25

Given her impurity, she probably hoped she would be unnoticed and therefore she was fearful when Jesus asked who touched Him. The woman had been disappointed by many physicians, but she wholly believed that Jesus could heal her. This was evident in her action in pressing forward to seek Jesus through the crowd.

We can and we must approach Jesus in our suffering, with determination and endurance. Our faith must endure and be unshaken.

3. We can believe in Jesus in spite of the circumstances we face, for Jesus is our Great Physician

While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “You daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when He has 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. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. 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

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” – Mark 5:36

Regardless of your situation, Jesus is telling you not to be afraid. We can choose to believe in Jesus regardless of the sceptics. There will always be sceptics. Do not be one of them. Choose to believe.

When Jesus rose from the dead, he conquered death. He also conquered death in Lazarus (John 11:44), in the widow’s son (Luke 7:14) and Jairus’ daughter, for He is the Lord of life.

But has now been revealed by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, - 2 Timothy 1:10

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? - Psalm 27:1

Jesus is the light of the world.

Then Jesus spoken to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” – John 8:12

Closing

Have faith in the omnipotent sovereign Lord Jesus Christ who is our physician. Both Jairus and the woman who bled knew only Jesus could help them. They knew they were unworthy. Both fell down at Jesus’ feet with humility and with great expectation. They believed without the slightest doubt in their heart that Jesus can heal.

God honours the faith of all who come to Jesus regardless of gender, age or social status. He can be trusted. He honours faith from a sincere heart. Don’t try to believe for you are a believer. Don’t talk about doubt for it breeds more doubt. Don’t focus on sickness and disease, for what you focus on in your mind will expand.

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” - Mark 9:23

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