What better way could there be possibly be to start a teaching than with God’s Word?  There is an account in Mark chapter five of a lady being healed, and a little girl raised from the dead by Jesus.  Is raising the dead harder than healing the sick?  Apparently Jesus didn’t think so.  Let’s read the account:
Mar 5:22  And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
Mar 5:23  And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
Mar 5:24  And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
Mar 5:25  And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
Mar 5:26  And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
Mar 5:27  When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
Mar 5:28  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Mar 5:29  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
Mar 5:30  And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
Mar 5:31  And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
Mar 5:32  And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
Mar 5:33  But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
Mar 5:34  And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Mar 5:35  While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
Mar 5:36  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
Mar 5:37  And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
Mar 5:38  And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
Mar 5:39  And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
Mar 5:40  And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
Mar 5:41  And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
Mar 5:42  And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
Mar 5:43  And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
Here we see a contrast of faith versus fear.  Both are very real and powerful forces, and both have the power to rule your life.  Jairus’ daughter was dying, and though he was one of the rulers of the synagogue, and fearful of what the Jews thought of him for seeking Jesus, his love for his daughter overcame his fear and emboldened him to go to Jesus and fall at His feet.  Jesus didn’t give Jairus some lame excuse why his daughter couldn’t be healed, like lots of religious people do today.  No, He WENT with Jairus.  When was the last time someone told you of a sick person and YOU WENT with them to heal that sick person?  Well, if you’re a disciple of Christ Jesus, then you’re COMMANDED by Jesus to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons; freely ye have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8, go read it for yourself!)
While Jesus was on the way, a lady with an issue of blood for twelve years simply came up and TOOK her healing from Jesus.  Wow!  Now THAT’S BOLD, and that’s just fine with Jesus.  You don’t have to beg and plead with Him to heal you.  In fact, I’ll go a step further.  That woman knew something most people are afraid to teach today,(but not me) and that is we can come to God with our need and reach into heaven by faith and take what we need, and it will not be refused to us.  How?  SHE SAID, , If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
She KNEW the mercy and mission of Jesus.  She knew she didn’t have to beg Jesus to heal her, for she had heard about Jesus.  YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT JESUS, so what has been stopping YOU from receiving what you need from Him?  I’ll tell you: it’s fear.  You’re afraid you can’t have it, that God will say NO NO NO NO NO!
Can you show me even ONE time Jesus refused to heal anyone?  Yet, our “religious leaders” tell us it isn’t always God’s will to heal.  RUBBISH!!!  That’s blasphemy to call God a liar!  No, there is no instance where Jesus refused to heal, it just isn’t there.  The Bible clearly says He healed all who came to Him.  He healed them ALL.  How many is ALL?
Well, going back to Jairus, when Jesus was on the way to heal his daughter, word came from his house, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?  Did that deter Jesus?  No, for Jairus had made a statement of faith, and faith gives Jesus something to work with: My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. But news from the house was just about to make Jairus cast down that statement of faith, and Jesus knew it, so before Jairus could open his trap and ruin his faith confession, LIKE MANY OF US DO, Jesus said to him, Be not afraid, only believe. Well, that’s easy enough to say, but doing it is another matter altogether.  Or is it?
You read the story, Jesus went into the daughter and told the crowd she wasn’t dead, but only asleep, and they laughed Him to scorn.  Be assured, if you go to raise one from the dead, they will laugh YOU to scorn as well.  But what happened?  Jesus put out the unbelievers.  You have to do that sometimes, even Jesus had to get the unbelievers out of the room.  And He raised the girl from the dead and told her parents to give her something to eat. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. It doesn’t say Jesus was astonished, does it?  And when YOU pray in faith, knowing beforehand it is done, YOU won’t be astonished either when the works of God are done at your hand.  I’ve seen every manner of sickness healed and have never been astonished, for I know God is always good for His Word.  The time for celebration and thanksgiving is BEFORE you pray, showing God you know by faith IT IS FINISHED.  It worked for the lady with the issue of blood, it worked for Jesus, and it works for me, and it will work for YOU. Be not afraid, only believe. The results will be amazing, and God will be pleased.  And when God is pleased…..you’re gonna like it.