It's Not Too Late
Topic: Holiday Messages Verse: John 3:16, Mark 5:21–5:43, Mark 5:33–5:34
It's Not Too Late
A four week Easter series celebrating the HOPE Jesus Christ can bring to everyONE.
John 3:16 NIV
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
HOPE for every ONE?
You might agree that God indeed so loved the world, but you also might question if He really so loves you. As you compare that statement with the challenges in your life, you might wonder: "If God really loves me, then why am I so... fill in the blank": so stressed, so lonely, so sick, so broke, so ugly, so afraid, or so whatever that thing is that makes you feel unloved by God. What we feel about God’s love is probably also what we believe about God’s hope. Sure, there’s hope for everyone, but is there really hope for me and my desperate situation?
That's what this series is about. Week by week we’re going to look at stories from the Bible that aren’t about “the world,” or “the many,” or even “the few.” No, these stories are about “the ONE”: the man, the woman, the person who (even though they lived in a different time and a different place) shares so much in common with us. Because the hope of Jesus isn't just for everyone; no, His HOPE is for everyONE.
Mark 5:21-43 NIV
21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 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.
It's Not Too Late
This story isn't just about how much this woman suffered, it's also about how long she suffered. 12 years is a long time to suffer physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. The passage of time is one of the greatest enemies of hope. It wears us down and weakens our hope when life stays hard and doesn’t change right away. After a while, we just want to give up because we're tired of our hearts being broken and our hopes being dashed.
With Jesus, it's not too late. It's never too late. Other fixes and other experts may have let us down in the past, but He will not. All He wants from us is our sincere faith. So be honest with Him about your flaws, your faults, and your failures. It’s o.k. if it’s a faith mixed with fear, because Jesus isn’t looking for perfect faith; no, He’s looking for honest faith. It's not too late to take that step of faith toward Jesus today and to call upon Him as your Savior, believing that He can heal our brokenness and make us whole again.
Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He (Jesus) said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
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