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.
As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. -Luke 9:51
Do you ever get so caught up in the details of your own circumstances that you miss the bigger picture of the world around you? If so, then you’re in good company.
In the final weeks of his life, Jesus deliberately turned his attention toward Jerusalem and the events that awaited him there. While the disciples followed him on his physical journey toward the city, they remained woefully out of step with his greatest redemptive concerns.
He then began to ...