Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 26, 2018

“Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 5:35-43.

“While He was still speaking, they *came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died;  why trouble the Teacher anymore?”  But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, *said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.”  And He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and James and John the brother of James.  They *came to the house of the synagogue official;  and He *saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing.  And entering in, He *said to them, “Why make a commotion and weep?  The child has not died, but is asleep.”  They began laughing at Him.  But putting them all out, He *took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and *entered the room where the child was.  Taking the child by the hand, He *said to her, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).  Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old.  And immediately they were completely astounded.  And He gave them strict orders that no one should know about this, and He said that something should be given her to eat.”  Mark 5:35-43.

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The death of a loved one appears hopeless to us and causes us to be afraid.  And, we may also fear our own death.

Some will genuinely weep and be sympathetic that can bring us some comfort.  But, others may be like those who said:  “Your daughter has died;  why trouble the Teacher anymore?”

But, there is One Who is our hope, Who is our resurrection and life, and Who takes away our fear.

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life;  he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  She *said to Him, “Yes, Lord;  I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”  John 11:25-27.

“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.”  Hebrews 2:14-15.


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