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Captioned Sermon 7-12-2009 DO NOT BE AFRAID JUST BELIEVE Zion Lutheran, Torrance, CA

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Mark 5:21-24, 35-43 is the Sermon Text: When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around Him. While He was by the lake, one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at His feet and pleaded earnestly with Him, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put Your hands on her so that she will be healed and live." So Jesus went with him. (Verses 35-43): While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?" Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "DON'T BE AFRAID; JUST BELIEVE." He did not let anyone follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, "WHY ALL THIS COMMOTION AND WAILING? THE CHILD IS NOT DEAD BUT ASLEEP." But they laughed at Him. After He put them all out, He took the child's father and mother and the disciples who were with Him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, "TALITHA KOUM!" (which means, "LITTLE GIRL, I SAY TO YOU, GET UP!") Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat. This is the Word of our Lord. Let us pray: Glorious and gracious God, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of each of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, our only source of hope and comfort. Amen. Pastor Dave motions the congregation to be seated, before beginning this morning's sermon. The congregation is seated. (Silence) Dear followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The words of Mark that we have before us this morning certainly ... certainly show us a contrast of those who believe and those who do not. The strict difference between those in their life who put their trust in the Lord and those who go to Him with all of their cares and concerns is seen so clearly in opposition to those who do not have that trust. Who do not go to the Lord for any of their cares or any of their needs. And I think it is especially clear as we look at this time of stress in the life of Jairus, his wife and his daughter. Because as Jairus finds out that his daughter who's 12 years old is lying there dying, he turns to the Lord for help. He goes to Jesus, along with the many others who were there to hear what Jesus had to say. He goes to the Lord and he falls at His feet, and he pleads with Jesus. He earnestly asks Him to come and help his dying daughter because he knows and trusts that the Lord will accomplish His will. So Jesus takes with him, Peter and James and John and they go ... back to the house of Jairus. ... And as they're on their way they're greeted with men who are bringing news. I wonder what thoughts were going through the head of Jairus as he saw those men approaching. Is it good news? Is it bad news? What's up with my daughter? What's happening? Is she getting better? Is she getting worse? And then to hear the news ... that his daughter had died. And they tell him well there's no need to bother the teacher anymore. Isn't that ... ... the fate of the world. .... The fate of the world, that says ... well, ... It's too late. God didn't come when we wanted Him to come so don't bother Him anymore. Now's the time for you to just give up, stop trusting ... and you may as well go on with your life because your God is not going to help you. But yet Jesus says ... to Jairus ... "JUST ... BELIEVE ... DO NOT BE AFRAID ... JUST ... BELIEVE." ... And He continues with Jairus, to the house. And what do we find as Jairus and Jesus and His disciples walk up to the house? A bunch of wailing and a lot of commotion. We find a group of people that have gathered together in grief, wailing at the loss of a young girl trying to comfort the family, when they themselves must be in grief. And this wailing and commotion is going on as Jesus and Jairus walk up to his house. What MUST have been going through THAT father's mind! His daughter was dead. But he was with his Lord who said ... "JUST BELIEVE ... DO NOT BE AFRAID." And it's Jesus who talks to this group of people in the midst of their wailing and crying and all of the carrying on they were doing and He tells them to stop. He said, "STOP! SHE'S NOT DEAD ... SHE'S SLEEPING!" And what was the crowd's reaction? They laughed! They laughed at the Word of God's One and Only Son. And isn't that so often the way of the world? That they just want to laugh at what God has to say! There is no hell. We can stand here on our own two feet and laugh because that's something that the church can keep people doing the moral and proper things. There's no life after this world. They stand there and laugh in the face of that thought of eternal life. And how often don't they think the words of God are just crazy. The thing is, they're never going to understand that Word outside of FAITH. They are NEVER going to understand what God HAS DONE and WHAT HE IS CAPABLE OF DOING! It's Jesus who takes that mob out and clears out the house. And He takes us into Jairus and his wife, and Peter, James, and John. And He goes into the room where she is ... and He takes their daughter by the hand, and He says ... "GET UP!" And she does ... The amazing ... power ... of God! The amazing strength, that Jesus had as the Son of God, even over death itself. And Jairus and his wife, and Peter, James, and John stood there astonished at what Jesus had done ... what Jesus had accomplished. And they were in awe. And we hear the words Jesus said to Jairus, "DO NOT BE AFRAID. JUST BELIEVE." And we hear those words as the faithful today. You and I hear those words from our Savior in a world that isn't going to ever understand that thought because they don't have the perfect love of God that drives out fear. They don't understand what God has done Satan has so blinded them and tied up the thought processes of their mind that they don't see the beauty of what God HAS done what He CAN do and what He WILL do ... by HIS strength and HIS power. It is so important for us to realize THAT when we deal with the world in our everyday life. They DON'T GET us and they never will outside of faith. They are ALWAYS going to doubt. They are ALWAYS going to come to us and say that our faith is useless. Why pursue it? What has God ever done for you? Because if God was going to do anything for you He would come and take away the bad thing before it happened. Why go to it afterward? It's too late! The world comes to us and says: You can't trust God in His Word. It doesn't make sense. But in times like that, we need to hear our Savior's voice loudly ... and clearly saying: "DO NOT BE AFRAID ... JUST BELIEVE!" We can hear the words of Jeremiah in our Old Testament Lesson that remind us that God is the One Who has unfailing love for us. He has great compassion in our life. He is not going to bring anything into our life just for the thrill of punishing us. But to use it for the strengthening of our faith, as well as providing for us grace ... and the strength to withstand and the love to continue. We need to come back to that and hear that and study that because we're not going to get it from the world. The world is never going to understand it and they're never going to support us. And they're never going to get it, even in the midst of our grief. When grief comes into our life then He will use those people who are close to us. Maybe it IS a child, maybe it's a parent, maybe it's a fellow believer that we had a special connection to. We know as the children of God that they are sleeping ... until eternal life. Death is but a passing into the glories of heaven and ALL of the amazing promises of God fulfilled for that person in their soul. And there is our comfort. That God raises the dead in Jesus Christ. Just as He Himself rose from the dead, burst forth from that grave, we too will not live in that grave in some kind of state God defined well. That we, too, will rise to eternal life. Our Savior has told us. Our Savior has shown us the way and He says to us: "DO NOT BE AFRAID JUST ... BELIEVE!" And that is the strength that we have as the Children of God. That's what we share with each other in those moments of great and tremendous grief when someone we love is taken from this world to be with their Lord and Savior. It doesn't stop the tears. It tempers the grief because we come back and we remind ourselves of God's unfailing love and how tremendous that is. Just as the Apostle Paul told the church in Corinth. Remember the fact that Jesus, who was rich, for our sake became poor so that through the work that He accomplished we would be rich in the blessings of God and THAT is exactly what has happened ... through faith we know and understand that all of those gifts are ours. That God has given them to us and even in the midst of tears at a funeral or at the bedside of someone who is sick and dying, we still hear those same words of Christ: "DO NOT ... BE AFRAID. JUST BELIEVE." Because that is our comfort. That is our strength. That is our assurance that we will be taken out of this doubting world and we will live with God forever ... praising Him, worshiping Him, glorifying Him for all eternity for all that He has done for us. And we remind ourselves, day-after-day and we hear His voice: "DO NOT BE AFRAID. JUST BELIEVE." Amen. Let us rise. Now may the peace of God which goes beyond all of our understanding keep your hearts and your minds, and especially your lives in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.

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Duration: 15 minutes and 15 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R&M
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Posted by: hischild on Jul 15, 2009

This captioned sermon by Pastor Dave, based on Mark, chapter 5, reminds us that our Savior calms our fears when we go to Scripture and He talks to us. "Do not be afraid. Just believe," He tells us. To contact Pastor Dave, go to: www.ziontorrance.info

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