A faith that makes us well

Woman with issue of blood sermon

sermon notes on Mark 5:21-34

“a faith that makes us well”


21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea.

  • Recap last week 
    • Mention forced out
  • A great crowd gathered about him
    • Juxta pose
    • Heart check
      • Are you pushing Him away or are you running to Him?
      • James 4:8 draw near to God and He will draw near to you!
    • Remember the crowd
      • Believers, unbelievers, skeptics, curious, lame, those looking for their miracle

22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet.

    • One steps forward from the crowd
    • Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue
  • Fell at His feet
    • Shows some humility on Jairus part
    • Especially because Jesus has been railing against the rulers of the synagogue
    • This falling at His feet in worship has been a constant theme
      • We saw the demon possessed man, Mark 5:6 fall down before Him
      • Now we see Jairus fall down at His feet 
      • Later we will see the woman in the story fall down before Him in  
      • When we have an encounter or recognize who Jesus is we all will bow down and fall on our face before Him, Why?
        • Because Philippians 2:9 God has highly exalted him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the father!


23 And implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death.  Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.”

  • Point of death
    • Imagine that.
  • Jairus believes Jesus can do it

24 And He went with him.  And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.

  • Crowd was thick, I would imagine its like trying to move through the crowd at a concert or a very busy airport terminal or downtown at grand central station

25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 

  • Intersecting story within the story, why?  Because we don’t serve a God who can only deal with one thing at a time
  • He isn’t like us, I’m a father and I can barely give all my boys attention at once, but we have a heavenly Father who Psalm 46:1 says is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  
    • He is a very present help for me and for ______ and for ______ and for ________


26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.

  • Imagine
    • Glory and praise of Jesus, one who can do the impossible 
    • Modern medicine-james 1:17 every good and perfect

27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garments.

  • She heard and obviously believed, same as Jairus
  • One definition of Faith-hear and believe

28 For she said, “if I touch even his garments, I will be made well.”

  • Kids touch robe
  • What faith, I don’t need you to come to me, I don’t need to talk to you, you are God in the flesh, Emanuel, God with us, surely, all I need to do is touch your clothes to be healed from this terrible disease or disorder!

29 and immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.

30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from Him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?”

31 And His disciples said to him, “you see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?”

32 And He looked around to see who had done it.

33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling 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 disease.”

  • Your faith has made you well
    • Define faith
    • 4102 pístis (from 3982/peithô, “persuade, be persuaded”) – properly, persuasion (be persuaded, come to trust); faith.
      • God’s divine persuasion
        • I want us to understand that our faith is rooted in Jesus and that it is not from us but is given to us
      • This makes it distinct from the secular definition of human belief or confidence
      • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
        • Assurance and conviction (divine persuasion) that comes from God to believe Him
    • Faith is something that is received from God, not generated by us
      • Romans 12:3 3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
        • God has assigned our faith our persuasion
      • Galations 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith
        • All of these things, including faith are given to us
      • Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
        • This divine persuasion, this divine believing comes from hearing the Words of Christ, God’s word!


34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

  • Your [divine persuasion, your faith, that Jesus could heal you] has made you well 
  • We see this doctrine at work in James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 
      • Not to be confused with the idea that faith alone has healed her, but that her faith + Jesus’ power is what healed her
      • There is a heresy that if you just believe, you can have whatever you want, in essence, your faith is the source of the power
        • It skips God and makes your faith the power source
        • I.e. I don’t care how much faith my kids have that I will say yes, I am not letting my eight-year-old drive my car

  • Why is this account important?
  • Because we too, like that woman, have needs that we bring to God and we too need to be made well
    • For some, like that woman, we need to be made well in our body
    • We may need to be made well mentally
    • We may need to be made well in our marriage
    • We may need to be made well in our family
    • We may need to be made well in our finances
    • We may need to be made well in a dire situation
    • Whatever the case is, we too need Jesus!
      • We need to come to Jesus with faith that will make us well
    • In this text, thousands of people were around Jesus, but her faith, her divine persuasion got Jesus’ attention
      • Same for us, out of the billions of people on earth and the billions that are praying to God, our faith gets Jesus’ attention


  • Your faith has made you well


**Sometimes as believers we struggle or even lack faith in God that He can make us well. We may lack that divine persuasion. To increase and reinforce our faith we need to go to the source of our faith**

    • In Mark 9:23 Jesus tells a father “All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 
      • Jesus will help our unbelief
      • If you are struggling to believe God, pray that God will give you divine persuasion!
      • Pray now
    • In addition to prayer, we must also imbibe the word of God to increase our faith, we like thirsty kids on a hot day in the park must drink from the fountain of God’s Holy Word
      • Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
        • Read the word on whatever it is you need more faith in
          • God’s word has spoken on whatever it is we may have need of
            • Concordance or index
            • Ask myself or Steve or a sibling in Christ


*praise team*34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

    • Question: if I have faith, a divine persuasion that Jesus can heal my circumstance, why did it not work?
      • Talk about how some blame it on you or your faith
      • But part of this divine persuasion is a belief, a trust in Jesus that He is sovereign, that He is in control, that He knows what is going on
        • Sometimes He doesn’t provide the healing, sometimes He doesn’t respond to our faith with a yes, and we have to have that same divine persuasion, that faith, that trust, that He is still good
        • We must be able to see you like Job in Job 1:2 “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
        • When this happens, we must rely on the the second part of this verse, His peace
        • John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
  • Not as the world gives do I give to you
          • God will give you a peace that goes beyond this temperal reality, but one that extends into forever
          • Close with gospel
          • Today we talked about faith, a divine persuasion


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