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Introduction and Prayer

  • Pray

Read Mark 5:21-22

Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore.

22Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet,

23 pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”

24 Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him.

  • Why do you think large crowds are gathering at this point?

  • What is Jairus’ response to Jesus

  • Why might this response been seen to be blasphemous?

  • What is the request of Jairus? Why doesn’t he seem to care about the crowds’ response?

  • What is Jesus’ response?

  • How does Jesus’ simple act of coming help build our faith with requests we may be making of him?

Read Mark 5:37- 42

37 Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James).

38-39 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

40 The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying.

41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!

42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around!

They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.

  • Why do you think Jesus only takes the inner core people and stops the crowd?

  • What environment does Jesus walk into?

  • What environment do we invite Jesus into?

  • How might our situation feel impossible at times for even Jesus to fix it?

  • Why does he further eliminate the crowds and take only the three disciples and the parents into the room?

  • Compare and contrast how you would have responded to the this situation with Jesus’ response.

  • What does this tell us about about God’s power and how he might want to work in our situation?

Read Mark 5:43

43 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.

  • Jesus doesn’t ignore physical material like food, even though he just performed a supernatural miracle. How does this show us God can use both spiritual answers and physical answers to our requests of Him?

Think on This…

Is our focus on the situation or circumstance or fixed on Jesus? How can we shift our focus practically this week to that of faith in God rather than a hyperfocus on our situation?


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