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Hope and the Authority of Jesus
Jesus said to Jairus whose daughter just died;
“Don’t be afraid, just believe.”
(Believe that I will “Come through” for you)
In the light of what has taken place behaviorally these last several days, weeks, months, year, years, decades, and centuries, going all the way back to Creation and the Fall of Adam/Eve… I encourage all of us to have the mindset of Jesus in Philippians 2.
[“Don’t be afraid, just believe.”]
Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,4 not looking to YOUR OWN interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus EVERY knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and EVERY tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Do Everything Without Grumbling
12 Therefore…14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shineamong them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life.” [Authority of Jesus]
JESUS, A WOMAN & JAIRUS…
Named. Not Named
Respected /Honored Rejected /Shamed
Has money Broke from medical bills
Ruler in the Synagogue Banned from Synagogue
They were both “Desperate”
They are in the “same boat”.
Hit with something that they cannot handle.
The playing field has been evened.
When you’re hit with something that you can’t handle, you are ready to see the authority of Jesus.
The Number 12 = Number of power & Authority.
12 sons, 12 tribes, 12 precious stones on priest’s breastplate when he went in the offer sacrifice, 12 Minor Prophets, Jesus was 12 in the Temple, He chose 12 Disciples, New J’Lem = 12 gates, angels, foundations, etc.,
FAITH is an ANCHOR, but it must be placed and connected to the Authority and Power of Jesus and His Word.
I recently heard a question expressed this way,
Sometimes we may think that we have a faith problem when we actually have an “Awareness of his Authority” problem.
We may be demonstrating a lot of faith, but that faith, that Anchor might be connected to the wrong thing or dropped in the wrong place in the middle of a storm.
Since God is always in control,
Focus on fixing your Anchor to him and his Perfection and Authority.
For example, the disciples of Jesus woke Jesus up in the middle of a storm to accuse him of not caring if they drowned.
“You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!’”. -Matthew 8:26,27
AFTER he calmed the storm, they wonder who he is that can command the storm to calm and it listened.
Here was the problem, they failed to be Aware of his power and Authority BEFORE finding themselves in the middle of a storm.
What storm do you need to remember that this powerful Jesus is aware of in your life.
He is aware of our lack of power and authority… Are we aware of His power and authority?
That is the question.
That is the perspective.
That is the key to faith in the middle of your personal storm, as well as our nation’s storm.
Jesus is not asleep in the boat.
He is not asleep at the wheel.
Even when he was asleep in the boat with the disciples, his power and authority was not asleep.
He is not powerful only when we can clearly see his power demonstrated.
He is the King of Kings, the President of Presidents, the CEO of CEO’s, the Most Valuable Player of all Most Valuable Players, he is the Lord of Lords, He is God Almighty.
So, when he says;
“Don’t be afraid, just believe.”
We need to not be afraid and believe.
Believe in the power and the authority of Jesus, the one who said it.
If we trust him with our “everlasting” life,
It should be easy to trust him with our “everyday” life as well.
Don’t let your storms, disappointments or disillusionments, weaken your faith.
God does not stress over what we stress about, because he has authority and power.
The Doctor, your friend, Politicians, the President does not have the ultimate power and authority over everything. Jesus does. That is why we do not place our faith in people, Government or circumstances. We place our faith in Jesus.
The woman was AWARE of the authority of Jesus. She didn’t need to go to the synagogue, she couldn’t go to the doctor anymore (Broke), but she could come to Jesus.
Mt 8:8-10 CENTURIAN.
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this,
[Heard that the man trusted in the Authority & Power of Jesus]
he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.”
He has an AWARENESS of the authority of Jesus.
If we don’t believe that someone is the ultimate authority, we will doubt their words.
Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman
21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat… 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named JAIRUS, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.
After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!”(which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.