“Don’t Panic!”

MILLIONS of people suffer from anxiety and panic disorder in the United States.  It’s our most common mental disorder and there are even several categories.  Furthermore, it is depressing to have anxiety.  Frequently someone who experiences it has to deal with some form of depression as well.

The Dictionary term for PANIC:  “a sudden, unreasonable, overpowering fear.”

2535543334_a554acbbb8Since PANIC then, can be described as “unreasonable fear”–or, fear run a muck–it is groundless; meaning there is no factual evidence to support it.

And yet, when we are afraid of missing an airplane flight–we (“I”) might panic until seated in the assigned seat (that is a personal confession).

Getting BAD NEWS of a personal illness, a family member who has cancer, the FEAR of death–PANIC can set in our spirit.

Are you feeling DEPRESSED over what has been said?

Let’s get to our Scripture Study in The Gospel of Mark.

Mark 5:21-36 – TWO STORIES

A religious leader named JAIRUS has a daughter who is lying on her death-bed.  I know if one of my daughters, and I have two, were on her death-bed, I would certainly have plenty of anxiety.

Things Are Desperate…

Jairus goes to JESUS, begging Him in earnest, telling Him of his desperate situation:

“My little daughter is at the point of death.  Come and lay Your hands on her, so that she may be healed and live”  (5:23).

Notice that as soon a Jairus spoke (words are “things”)his FAITH…JESUS was immediately attracted by that faith and went to heal the little girl.

On their journey, there was a multitude, a crowd gathered on the beachfront to check out what was going on.  They had heard the stories from across the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Gerasenes; the miracle JESUS had performed, commanding the spirits to “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit (demons)” (Mark 5:1-8).

The Scene Is Set…

So here we have the local religious leader, Jesus and His disciples, making their way through a crowd on their way to a dying little girl’s bed.

A Woman’s Touch of FAITH…

And in the pushing and shoving through the gathered masses, a WOMAN came up behind JESUS, secretly touching the hem of His garment.

How often do we REACH OUT and touch Jesus in FAITH?

Reaching for JESUS

Reaching for JESUSJESUS, secretly touching the hem of His garments.

Jesus turns and asks (verse 30),  “Who touched My clothes?”

His disciples, who are following their Teacher through the crowds, with all the distractions, say to Him…“You see the crowd pressing hard around You from all sides, and You ask, Who touched Me?” (v. 31)

But JESUS said, “This touch is different, because I felt virtue–POWER–go out of Me.”

Someone paraphrased it by saying,  “Someone has made a demand upon My ability.”

“JESUS sees the invisible grace in its hidden operations; man only sees its effects, and not always these”  [See footnote [i] ].

Putting Yourself In Jairus’ Shoes…

He has desperately made his way through the crowds to JESUS begging Him to come and heal his daughter who’s at death’s door.  Obviously, he wants JESUS to hurry up and come as quickly as possible because there’s not a moment to lose.  She could die at any given moment.

Then on the way, some woman sneaks up behind JESUS and by an ACT OF FAITH, makes a demand upon His ability.

As JESUS stops to minister to her, Jairus is left standing to watch the unfolding scene, possibly thinking to himself…

“This isn’t fair.  This woman has been sick for twelve years, but MY daughter is dying right now!  I came to JESUS first.  He should come with me and heal  my daughter, and then He can attend to this woman.  Besides, since she is UNCLEAN, she doesn’t have the right to even be here!”

At the time of this story, the Levitical law stated that because this woman had “an issue of blood,” ceremonially, she was unclean.  By law, she could have been stoned for being in public.

Here, in a time of personal need, JESUS was taking up precious time with a social outcast, when it seemed He should have been dealing with the pastor’s daughter (the ruler of the synagogue).

The Evidence Presented…

“JESUS is no respecter of persons”  (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11).

He will minister to the highest-ranking official, or… He will minister to the lowest outcasts of society.

JESUS had started going along with Jairus in response to his FAITH, and on the way He stopped and ministered to this poor woman in response to her FAITH.

To me, this fact demonstrates the LORD is not looking for those who have wealth, position or power in my community of needs, but all He is looking for is someone with FAITH!

Some Things to Remember of the Faith of Jairus:

HE DIDN’T PANIC!

As JESUS talks with the woman, messengers come from Jairus’ house to tell him his daughter has died, no reason to “trouble” the Master any further.

JESUS hears the message given to Jairus about the little girl’s death and immediately, He turns to Jairus and says to him…

“Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing” (verse 36).

Keep on, keeping on,  BELIEVING!

In other words what JESUS was saying here is:  “DON’T PANIC!”

He was telling this man, to act just as he did before he received the bad news.  As far as JESUS is concerned, DEATH was no greater a challenge than SICKNESS.

He knew that if He had the POWER to restore health, He had the POWER to restore life. That is why He told Jairus not to PANIC.

When JESUS is walking with you, there is no reason to FEAR…no matter what the report may sound like…no matter what it looks like.

We are walking with the One that rose up from the grave after being dead for three days.

Please tell me then, why He cannot handle your specific problem?

If you are in a PANIC, then you are operating in “groundless fear”.  FEAR of any kind negates, wipes out, FAITH!

FAITH and FEAR are mutually exclusive…

They cannot exist at the same time…in the same person.  Either you have GREAT FAITH or you have GREAT FEAR, one or the other.

SATAN knows that he can drive your FAITH out of you to be FEAR, and in doing so, he can bring to pass in your life the very thing that you fear.

But…if you keep FAITH in your mind and heart, God will bring to pass in your life the very thing that you are BELIEVING.

This is why JESUS is telling Jairus in Mark 5, not to be afraid–only BELIEVE!  And keep on, keeping on BELIEVING, no matter what it looks like.  Does all that make sense?

Obviously Jairus’ mental and emotional attitude has a great deal to do with what was going to happen next.

The same is true with us.  When the LORD tells us not to be afraid, not to PANIC, He’s not saying that negative situations we are facing are not real.  THEY ARE REAL!  Just as Jairus’ daughter was real.

JESUS didn’t deny the reality of the situation, but He did indicate by His words and actions that it was not the ultimate final reality.

JESUS didn’t tell Jairus, “It must not have been God’s will for your daughter to be healed.

That’s not what Jesus said, not what He did.  JESUS went right to Jairus’ house just as nothing had happened.

As long as we have the kind of FAITH that doesn’t PANIC and holds on, no matter what…that’s the way JESUS has always operated and always will.

If you hold on to your FAITH, your answer will come, no matter what the situations are telling you; no matter what it looks like.

JAIRUS didn’t Panic when things didn’t go as planned.

ALSO…

DON’T LET GO OF YOUR FAITH!

JAIRUS doesn’t let go (Mark 5:37-42):

[37] And He (Jesus) permitted no one to accompany Him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.

[38] When they arrived at the house of the ruler of the synagogue, He looked [carefully and with understanding] at [the] tumult and the people weeping and wailing loudly.

[39] And when He had gone in, He said to them,  Why do you make an uproar and weep? The little girl is not dead but is sleeping.

[40] And they laughed and jeered at Him.  But He put them all out, and, taking the child’s father and mother and those who were with Him, He went in where the little girl was lying.

[41] Gripping her [firmly] by the hand,  He said to her, Little girl, I say to you, arise [from the sleep of death]!

[42] And instantly the girl got up and started walking around–for she was twelve years old.  And they were utterly astonished and overcome with amazement.

The End of the Story, Or is it?

We see the end of the story about Jairus’ daughter.  JESUS walked into his house, took her by the hand and said,

“Little girl, I say to you, ARISE!”  

And she did!!

Refusing to PANIC in the times of adversity and in times of life’s storms… if you REFUSE to let go of your faith, JESUS can not only resurrect your daughter, your son, or your spouse from that old sinful condition,..

–  HE CAN ALSO RESURRECT YOUR PHYSICAL BODY,

–  HE CAN RESURRECT YOUR MARRIAGE,

–  HE CAN RESURRECT YOUR FINANCES,

–  HE CAN RESURRECT ANYTHING THAT THE WORLD SAYS IS DEAD!

It may be DEAD, and that may be a reality, but it is not the final or ultimate reality.

JESUS HAS ANOTHER PLAN FOR US:

Your plans may seem to be DEAD right now, but when JESUS arrives on the scene, so does RESURRECTION POWER!

He will show up on the scene if…

You hold on to your FAITH…

If, you don’t PANIC…don’t give up…

JESUS IS ON HIS WAY!!!

It may seem like He got a little sidetracked because it is taking so long, but we have God’s assurance that JESUS ALWAYS SHOWS UP ON TIME.

When Jesus set out for the house of Jairus, why did He take with Him only Peter, James and John?

Once there, why did He put out everyone from the room but three disciples and the parents of the little girl?

It was because He wanted around Him only those who had genuine FAITH.

Genuine Prayers of FAITH (James 5:16):

“…pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored.  The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”

I personally do not seek out people to pray for me and my family who at the time are going through adversity…UNLESS they are earnest, fervent, and righteous people of PRAYER.

Believers who pray fervently don’t PANIC–they keep on, keeping on, praying through the storm.

JESUS is looking for FAITH.

The question is:  Will He find it in you?

 


 

FOOTNOTES & CREDITS:

Footnote [i] – Bible Hub Pulpit commentary – Mark 5:30.

Enochlophobia: Fear of Crowds: enochlophobia…fear-of-crowds

Bible Translations – Amplified Bible, unless noted differently.

Photo Credit:  Google Search Images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on ““Don’t Panic!”

  1. Your words here are so very encouraging Mel! They remind me of the verse that talks about holding our peace and the Lord will fight our battles for us. He has already won and conquered each one so…why do we bother getting in a tizzy over those things in life He has already covered! Reaching out to find His hem…His heart, hear His voice.

  2. Excellent. I especially appreciated “FAITH and FEAR are mutually exclusive…” I find that when I begin thanking God, even for the difficulties, His peace that passes understanding protects my mind and heart, just as promised in Philippians 4:6-7

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