Only Believe

A Bible Exposition Of Mark 5:21-43

Today’s passage demonstrates the simplicity of the Gospel message. The simplicity that God is reconciled to sinners through faith—nothing more and nothing less.

The Gospel is a fascinating topic. On the one hand, it is so simple—the good news that Jesus saves sinners by grace through faith in his perfect life, substitutionary death that took away the penalty for sin, and victorious resurrection that guarantees new life for all who trust in Him, by reconciling guilty sinners to a Holy God.

And yet that message gets convoluted. Man makes subtractions and additions to that simple message. The natural man cannot understand it. It’s foolishness and nonsense. And the Gospel is unpalatable to flesh because it removes all human contribution to salvation.

As humans, we have a built-in sense of moral obligation to God. The law of God is written on our hearts. And although it is marred by sin, we all understand there is some reckoning, some accounting process, some judgment for our morality.

Well the heart of the Gospel is simply this: abandoning self-trust and turning to God and entrusting yourself to Him. This is the main point Mark is making today. God saves anyone and everyone who comes to Him by faith.

It has been an incredible couple of days for Jesus and the people following Him around: calming a storm; driving a legion of demons out of man possessed on the eastern shore; now back in Galilee He will raise the dead, and the heal the incurably ill.

This morning we will come face to face with the majesty of Christ. I have no patience for speaking in fluffy language about our Savior. As one pastor put it the, “Jesus is my girlfriend songs…” by this he meant songs that you could sing to a girlfriend—I love you, I love you, you are beautiful, you are beautiful, you make me complete, I love your name, I want to see your face, I want to be in your presence.

By themselves, a statement like the previous could reflect a biblical concept. But the substance of our worship of God is attributes about Him that wouldn’t be true of your boyfriend or your girlfriend. They are divine attributes.

We worship God because He is just, and righteous, He is truth, He is faithful, He is eternal, and unchanging, and all-powerful, and wise, and sovereign. And yet, make no mistake. To contemplate God is to result in an appreciation of Him.

And to study Jesus is to see a moral beauty that is utterly compelling to His people. The Gospel records reveal Jesus to us, and we love our savior. So, as we see Him we love Him more.

Peter if you remember in 2 Peter 3 spoke of the excellencies of Christ. We said that word means the moral beauty of Christ. A goodness that is compelling and desirable. Well surely today we will see the excellencies of our Savior. Learning about Jesus makes us love Him all the more, and as we behold Him, we are transformed into His likeness.

You cannot study the Savior and remain unchanged. These texts are spiritually exhilarating to see Jesus bringing salvation to sinners.

Demonstrates the compassion and tenderness and care of our Lord. This account will include two people that are dissimilar. Last week was the darkest evil you could imagine in Jesus saving the Garesenes demoniac. This week it is a synagogue official and one who is destitute and afflicted.

Mark 5:21–43—21 When Jesus had crossed over again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him; and so He stayed by the seashore. 22 One of the synagogue officials named Jairus came up, and on seeing Him, fell at His feet 23 and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.” 24 And He went off with him; and a large crowd was following Him and pressing in on Him. 25 A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, 26 and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse— 27 after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. 28 For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.” 29 Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. 30 Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?” 31 And His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” 32 And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. 33 But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of 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.” 35 While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?” 36 But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” 37 And He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the synagogue official; and He saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing. 39 And entering in, He said to them, “Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.” 40 They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was. 41 Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded. 43 And He gave them strict orders that no one should know about this, and He said that something should be given her to eat.