As we turn to the story of Jairus in our study in Mark’s Gospel, Alistair discusses two questions that confront us when we go through trials: will we allow circumstances to overturn our faith or will our faith be the basis by which we face our circumstances?
The gospels tell us of ordinary circumstances where Jesus used extraordinary power. Mark allows us to join a few witnesses to see the scene in which Christ raises Jairus’ daughter from the dead as a sign that the Kingdom of God has come.
In Mark 6, the disciples begin to take a larger role in the story Mark is laying out for us. As Jesus prepares these men for ministry, he teaches them the importance of authority, simplicity, hospitality, and urgency in their work. These principles are equally important as we strive to serve God today.
In the final weeks of His life, Jesus set out for Jerusalem. Along the way, He began His most explicit teaching on the purpose of His ministry: to die on a cross and rise from the dead. The disciples could not comprehend the significance of His teaching because their concept of the Messiah did not include one who would die in shame, but a warrior who would lead them to triumph and glory. Jesus was focused on His pending suffering, death, and resurrection, but the disciples focused on their own importance. They just didn’t get it!
As Alistair ...