March 24, 2014

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Mark 5:21-43

As he walked with Jesus towards his home, Jairus was hit with the news, “Your daughter is dead.” No need to bother Jesus any longer; you are too late. What was it that kept Jairus going? Having received such devastating news, what was it that caused him to listen to Jesus’ words of assurance? “Do not fear, only believe.” The time that elapsed as he took the last few steps must have seemed like an eternity. But Jairus had faith; Jesus was with him.

Day by day, people the world over are confronted with such news. A loved one has passed away, another is sick. We might receive such news about our own health. In each instance, the people of God have the same assurance as did Jairus. “Do not fear, only believe.” Christ is with us.

Through the gift of faith, Christians are able to witness Christ’s saving power. Just as Jesus healed the woman who suffered for twelve years, Jesus heals us from the sickness of sin. As he raised Jairus’ daughter, Jesus raises believers to new and everlasting life. Because of Christ’s victory on the cross, death no longer has power. Do not fear, only believe.

Prayer: Lord God, give us your assurance always, so that by faith we do not fear, but believe. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila,
Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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