Mark 5:21-43 (1)


The faith of Jesus = The possibility of God
Readings: Mark 5:21-43
Additional reading: Isaiah 53: 1-12
Blanks: went, faith, believe, asleep, get up

(3) When you play with water, you get wet.
This is so obvious.

The faith of Jesus is like that.
When people hear about Jesus, they have more faith.
When people hear Jesus, they see new possibility for their lives.
When they spend time with Jesus, they have more faith inside and out.
When they are with Jesus, they tend to have good thoughts and powerful faith.
This is like they get wet with his faith inside and out.

Today we hear two stories that can explain this:

(3) There was a man whose name was Jairus.
He was a Jewish religious leader of this town.
As a religious leader, he knew how to be religiously clean according to his tradition.
So he would not touch what he was not supposed to to touch.
Because if he touched, he might be religiously unclean.

(3) But Jairus needed a miracle.
So he was waiting for Jesus to come to his town.
When Jesus came, many people gathered around him.
(3) Then Jairus also came and asked:
"Jesus, please, come and put your hands on my little girl so that she get well and live."

Jesus came here to help people like him.
So Jesus was like:
“Ok, let’s go.”

(3) But there was another lady wanted to be healed.
She tried many doctors for 12 years and spent all her money.
But no one could cure her.

But she loved her life.
So she didn’t give up.
Then she heard about Jesus.
(3) She thought if she touched the garment of Jesus, she would be clean and healed.

(3) But in those days, the Jewish religious law forbid her to touch anyone, when she had a bleeding problem.
If she touched another person, this another person became religiously unclean.

But she thought the pure faith of Jesus would rather cure her.
So she secretly came and touched the garment of Jesus.
Then according to her faith, she got healed.

At that very moment, Jesus felt someone got healed.
Someone touched his garment.
And his power went out.
(3) So Jesus turned around and asked:
"Who touched my robe?
Who was that?”

Jesus felt someone got healed.
And Jesus felt that person needed the completion of her healing.
Jesus wanted to make her healing complete.
So Jesus was looking for her.

(3) Then, she came out and explained:
“When I touched your robe of Jesus, I was healed.”
She was cured.
And Jesus was the doctor who cured her.

Then Jesus was like:
“Oh, daughter of God!
Your faith has healed you!
Go in peace.”

(3) Then some people came and said to Jairus:
“It is too late.
Your daughter is dead."

These people might not want this questionable Jesus, to come to the home of their religious leader.

(3) But Jesus calmly and gently says:
"Don't listen to them.
Just believe.”

Jesus was like:
“I am saying that your daughter will rise up.
I am going to wake her up.
Now whose words would you believe?”

Then Jesus goes after what he believed.
So Jairus followed his faith.

(3) Then, when they came to the home, some people were crying over the girl.
They were paid to cry over this girl so that the family could have a time of grief.

Then Jesus preached his faith.
Jesus was like:
"Why are you crying?
The child is just asleep!”

Then they laughed at him.
They laughed at his faith.
So Jesus asked them to leave.

(3) Then Jesus didn’t want to have any other bystanders.
Then Jesus chose these people:
Peter, James, John, and the mother and the father of the child.
At least, these people really wanted Jesus to heal this girl.

Then Jesus touched the hand of the child.
Jairus knew that people were not supposed to touch the dead, because if they touched, they were religiously unclean.

But Jesus touched the hand of the child and said:
"Little girl, time to get up!"

Jesus was gently waking this child up.
(3) Then she was up.
Then she walked around!

(3) Can you see the faith of Jesus in these stories?
Because of his faith, he saw new possibility in God.
He sees what God can do in our life.
Then he lives accordingly.

Jesus also gathers around those who dare to follow the faith of Jesus.
He gathers those who wish to learn from Jesus.
Then they experienced God’s works being done in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Can you see the faith of Jesus in your own life?
When we spend time with Jesus, we may also see new possibility and God’s plan for our lives, because his faith and thoughts are very contagious.

Jesus still sees new possibility in our life.
Jesus wants to create hope and new future for our life.
As we follow his faith, we may see the fulfillment of his faith for our lives.
May God help us to follow his faith and see this miracle happening in our life.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to believe and live according to your faith.
May we hear your words and know your plan.
May we follow your faith and see the fulfillment of your faith in our life.
In your name we pray.


Mark 4:35-41 (1)


God is in control
Reading: Mark 4:35-41
Blanks: sleeping, faith, obey

Today, I am going to tell you three stories.

(2) The first story is the story of Jonah.
You remember the story of Jonah, right?
Jesus lived about 800 years before the birth of Jesus.

What happened to him?
God asked Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh and preach, because God loves them.
But Jonah didn’t like those people.
They were the enemy of his nation.
(3) So, he did what?
He ran away.
Jonah took a boat and ran away.
He wanted to go far away from the city of Nineveh.

(1) Then a great storm came up.
The wind and the waves were about to swallow the boat.
But then Jonah had an idea of why this was happening.

But still Jonah didn’t want to go and preach to the people of Nineveh.
So he asked other people in the boat to throw him into the sea, saying it happened because he disobeyed God.
(3) Then because they saw that they were about die, they listened to Jonah.
So they threw him into the sea.
(3) Then, the storm calmed down.

(3) But still God has not finished with Jonah yet.
So, a huge fish came and swallowed him.
(3) So Jonah was living in the belly of this fish for three days.

Then Jonah changed his mind.
He asked God to forgive him.
(2) Then the fish threw him back into the shore.
Then again, God called Jonah to preach to the people of Nineveh.
Then, Jonah listened to God.

(3) Jonah went and preached to the people of Nineveh
(3) Then, about 120,000 people repented and asked God to forgive them.
Then God forgave them and blessed them.

Now let’s think about another story that we just read today.

(2) At this time, Jesus was teaching the crowd.
He passionately taught many lessons at this beach.

(3) Then the evening came.
So Jesus ended his teaching for the day.
(3) Then he dismissed all these people and tried to go to the other side of Galilee by boat.

(3) Jesus was satisfied with helping all those people!
So he might have said:
"Thank you, God.”
Then he just rested awhile.
(3) Then Jesus fell asleep on the boat.

(3) But then a huge storm came up.
Then the waves poured into the boat.

(3) So the disciples woke Jesus up and said:
“Teacher, don’t you care that we’re about to drown?”

When Jesus opened his eyes, he saw his students being frightened.
(3) Since they were afraid so much, Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves:
“Be still!
Be silent!”
(3) Then the wind and the waves obeyed him.

(3) When the boat was in danger, the disobedient Jonah asked people to throw him to the sea.
When the boat was in danger, the obedient Jesus said to the wind and the waves:
"Be quiet."

(3) Anyway, when the disciples saw Jesus having the authority over the winds and the waves, they asked each other:
“Who is this?
Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

But then Jesus challenged them and said:
(3) “Why were you afraid?
“Did you not have faith in me?”

Jesus might have wanted to say:
“You are with me.
When you are with me, you are not going to die.
I can protect you physically and spiritually.
And God loves you.
And God is going to do great works through you to help many, many people in the future.
So God would not allow you to die yet.
And even if you die, you will be alright with me.”

Now let’s hear our last story:
(3) It is now 1736 AD.
There was a young man whose name was John Wesley.
He also was in this boat.
And there was a terrible storm.
(3) Then his people in the boat were afraid and screaming .

(3) But he noticed one group of people who were not afraid.
They quietly sung hymns to God.
They prayed and worshiped Jesus together.

Their calmness was so shocking and so powerful to this young man, John Wesley.
So afterward, he asked them:
“Were you not afraid?”

They said:
“Oh, we thank God, no.”

Then John asked:
“But what about your women and children?
Were they not afraid?”

They said:
“No, our women and children are not afraid to die.”

These were Moravian Christians who dedicated their lives to preach the life of Jesus.

Then John Wesley wanted to learn of their faith.
Then John Wesley experienced God in his heart also and became a Christian.
(3) Then he was not afraid to preach the good news of Jesus.
So he lived for God and helped so many, many people.

(3) Now let’s summarize these stories.

From his experience, Jonah learned that the most merciful and loving God is in control.

Jesus knew that God loves his students.
God is in control of their lives.
So he asked his students to trust God in all times and trust him.

Through those Moravian Christians, John Wesley learned that the loving God is in control of their lives.
But still some people may say:
“My life is in turmoil.
My boat of life is in danger.”

(3) Then Jesus may say it again:
“Why are you afraid?
Why do you worry?
God is in control.
God is with you.
So trust me.
Trust me with your life.”

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for loving us.
Thank you for have us live boldly and courageously.
Thank you for help us live having the faith of Jesus the Christ.
Thank you for guiding us to live according to your will.
Thank you for making everything move smoothly and nicely ,according to your will.
So, we trust you always.
Thank you for answering our prayer.
In Jesus name, we pray.


Mark 4:26-34 (1)


The power of God’s words
Reading: Mark 4:26-34
Blanks: kingdom, produces, mustard, parables

(3) Jesus told many stories.
Each story is like a seed.
Each story has its own power to grow among the hearts of people.

Using these stories, using these seeds, Jesus taught his church, explaining the meaning of those stories.

Today we read two stories, right?
(3) Through these stories, Jesus taught the power of God's words.
Jesus taught how things are happening according to God’s words.

So let's have a look at each story.
From the first story, Jesus explained something like this:

(3) God is the first cause of all good things.
Then when God is starting something, God spreads his words into the world.
It was like spreading his seeds.
Then these seeds grow and grow, day and night.

(3) In the beginning, people may be not able to watch it grow.
People may not know the seed is there.
People may be not interested in it.
Or people may not like the seeds and stand against them.

(3) But the seeds will grow.
It will grow steadily and slowly.
The seed will grow and grow and grow.
Then it will produce grains and fruits.
(3) Then God will harvest these grain and fruits.

(3) But what does it mean, to us?
When God promised something to you, it doesn't matter whether God spoke in a small voice or not.
If God said something, his words would start working for you.
It will work, work and work in you.

(3) People may not know about it.
People may not like it.
People may stand against it.
People may use their power to stop it.

(3) But if planted, you don’t need to check every hour to see whether it grows.
You don’t need to see whether people like it or not.
You don’t need to worry about whether people understand it or not?
You don’t need to find out whether your family is interested in or not.
The words of Jesus will increase its power and influence.
The words of Jesus will influence more and more people.

(3) That is, it will grow and grow and grow.
And no one can stop it!
So you will see the results.
That is the power of God’s words.

(3) Now let's think about the next story.
You know this story.
This story is a story of a mustard seed.

The seed is very small like these:
But when planted, it grows and grows and grows.
(3) It becomes the large tree.
(3) Then the birds come and dwell in it.

You may think about this story like this:
(3) This little seed are like a little ideas or insights.
(3) Then because God makes it grow and grow, this little idea becomes a life changing philosophy.
This little idea becomes a movement to help many people.
This little idea may grow and change the world.

(4) So if you have received some insight or words from Jesus, meditate on it.
Talk about it.
Put into practice.
Then you see that it produces God’s fruits.

Another example is this:
(3) Let’s say God asks you to help someone.
Let’s say God asks you to give something to someone.
Then as you obey, you will experience God’s power.

(3) His words are like these seeds.
So these seeds are like the words of Jesus.
(3) His words contain idea, vision, and dream for the world.
When planted, his words will grow and become a movement.

(3) But then the Bible says that Jesus is God’s Word.
(3) So the story of Jesus is like the seed.
Then this words of Jesus will create the churches.
Then the impact of his words will increase over the years.

(3) When the church welcomes his words, the church will become like a big tree where people can gather around to experience God’s power.
God uses his church to accomplish a great thing in the world.
When Jesus continually speaks his powerful words, eventually all the people of the world will grow based on his words.
In this way God works among us.

(3) But then the Bible says that each one of you is the church.
You are the church.
So, as the church, think about what God says to you or asks you to do in these days.
What have you heard from God so far?
What do you hear God speaking to you in these days?

Again his words are like seeds.
When these words are planted in us, these words will grow and grow.

(3) So if God gives you his words, speak about it.
Meditate on it.
Use it well.
Then watch it grow.

In this way, you will learn to have faith, as these words will help you to have faith.
In this way, you walk with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for helping us to grow.
Thank you for giving us your good words and plan and idea.
Thank you for accomplishing your good plan among us and in us
In Jesus name, we pray.


Mark 3:20-35 (1)


God's family?
Reading: Mark 3:20-35
Blanks: divided, stand, forgiven, God’s will

(1) When Jesus was born, he became a member of a human family.
He loved his family.
He had a good time with his family.

(3) Then growing up, he learned about his family business.
Then later, he took over his family business.
In this way, he supported his family and so on.

(3) Then one day Jesus realized that God had called him to raise up God’s family.
He started to take care of the family of God.
(3-3) So he planned it out and decided like this:
Instead of asking his family:
“Guys, let’s become the family of God and do what God asks us to do.”
Instead of doing that, he left his family and started to do what God asked him to do.
He started to raise up the new family of God with new people.
Then he wanted this new family of God to encourage and help his family to become the family of God.

(3) So he left his his family.
Then Jesus called out these new people to become God’s family.
He also asked them to leave their family as well, because then their family might also become God’s family.

(3) In this way Jesus gathered the family of God.
Then since now they were his family, Jesus stayed with them, helped them to learn God and experience God’s power.
Jesus showed what was like to live as God’s family.

(3) But then many people wanted to experience this.
So they gathered around Jesus.
Then Jesus continually taught them and healed them so on.
So his disciples sometimes, could not have a time to eat.

(3) But then back home, his mother, brothers, and sisters heard about what Jesus was doing.
His message and mission was radical.
(3) Jesus was also challenging the authority.
Then they realized that what Jesus was trying to do was very dangerous.
They heard that many religious leaders were not happy with him.
They realized that if Jesus continually lived like this, the authority would kill him.
And his new family could not save him!

(3) So they came to rescue Jesus.
They asked and searched and found out where Jesus was.
Then when they arrived, Jesus was teaching at a house.
There was a large crowd.

So they might have said from the back:
“Jesus is our brother.
He is my son!
Please ask him come out!.”

Then people let Jesus know about this saying:
“Jesus, your mother and brothers are outside!”

(3) Then Jesus was like:
"Who are my mother and my brothers?”
Then looking at his disciples, Jesus said:
“Here are my mother and my brothers!
All those who do what God wants them to do are my mother, my brother and my sister."

(3) When his family heard this, they might have felt disappointed.
It was not like Jesus whom they used to know.
But then when they looked around, they saw people and his disciples who were happy, excited and glad.

So when they got home, they thought about what they saw and heard.
Then as the time passed, they started to understand Jesus.
They started to understand what Jesus was trying to do.

(3) But then what they worried about happened.
Jesus was arrested by the high priests.
(3) Then Jesus was hung on the cross.

(3) On the cross, Jesus saw his mother, his aunt and his disciple. (John 19:25)
Mary was watching her son dying on the cross.
And Jesus must have felt really sorry for her.
Then, Jesus asked his disciple to take care of her.
Then she became an important person in God’s family.

Then Jesus died on the cross.
Then after three days, Jesus was risen from the dead.
Then, he appeared to many people.
He also appeared to his brother, James, who eventually became a leader of God’s family.

So this is how Jesus helped his family to become God’s family.
(3) First, he left his family in order to live according to God’s will and raise up the family of God.
(3) Then later the family of God welcomed his family and help them to be God’s family.

(3) But then what is God’s family?
And who can we become God's family?

(3) All those who pray this prayer are God’s family:
“God, may your good will be done in our life.
May your good plan be done in our life.”
That is, God’s family know the will of God and live accordingly.
Or at least they try.

(3-3) When they become God’s family, God’s family will help their family to be God’s family.
Then your family may be united in love and faith.

So, I hope that you find out what God wants for you.
I hope that you be able to do what the most merciful God wants for you.
And may God’s family help your family to find what God wants them to do.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for raising up God’s family.
Even though we are not not perfect, you want us to be part of your family.
So help us to know what you wants.
Help us to follow you faithfully.
May God’s family help our family to find you.
Help our family to be a faithful member of your family.
In Jesus name, we pray.