Slideshow 2! Example 4: Ken Burns extension

 When things go wrong
22/01/2018 13:57:58 GMT
Written by David Hathaway

'When Jesus had gone across by boat to the other side of the lake, a vast crowd gathered around Him on the shore. The leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, came and fell down before Him, pleading with Him to heal his little daughter. "She is at the point of death," he said in desperation. "Please come and place Your hands on her and make her live."' (Mark 5:21-23)

Something went wrong with this miracle. Let's face it, things go wrong in life. The Scripture even teaches that man is born to trouble, but it also provides the solution: 'Appeal to God; lay your cause before Him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.' There is a problem which has come into Jairus' life. He knows Jesus; he believes in miracles; and now Jesus is standing nearby, and the man falls down, "Jesus help me! My daughter is dying, lay your hands on her!"

The problem was, he wasn't the only one who needed Jesus' help. The Bible actually says so many people were crowding around Jesus, they all wanted something, they all wanted to talk to Him. A lot of them wanted healing. In particular there is the story of a woman who suffered from a terrible disease, she had been bleeding for 12 years. The wonderful thing about Jesus is, He didn't turn the woman aside. With Jesus there is no rejection. Whoever you are, if you will come to Jesus - I want to tell you something wonderful - He will not keep you waiting, He will not reject you. He will not turn you away. Jesus had time, and He spent that time with the woman. The result was, He spent so much time with this woman, that the people from Jairus' house came running, and they are saying to the ruler of the synagogue, "It's too late, why did you take so much time? It's too late." They are actually saying to Jesus, it's too late; don't trouble Jesus anymore, your daughter is dead. That is how sick she was. In the time that Jesus took, they were saying, "It's too late, your daughter is dead. Even Jesus can do nothing now. Don't trouble Him; He heals the sick, He opens the eyes of the blind; yes, He works miracles, but now it is too late." 

But it was not too late. Jesus spoke to Jairus. He heard those words and He said to the man, "Don't be afraid, only believe." If only we could hear the words of Jesus. In your life, in your problems today, just where you are, Jesus wants to say the same thing to you; He wants to say two things to you: the first is, don't be afraid; and the second is, only believe.

Now I am going to show you something wonderful. Jesus knew that the girl would die. He knew that this delay in dealing with other people meant that the girl would be dead. He also knew that there was going to be a miracle, because He said, "Don't be afraid, only believe." 

The real life of faith, of being a Christian, of receiving forgiveness, healing and deliverance, is in knowing Jesus. It is so simple to know Him. The hymn writer put it so powerfully: 'Just as I am without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me... I come.'

Talk to Jesus. Tell everything to Him. It's the only way to be healed, delivered, set free. He's listening. He loves you - He'll answer!

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