Trenton Dorner

Jairus' Daughter

The Gospel of Mark
Mar 19, 2023
Mark 5:21-43

In this message Pastor Trenton teaches from Mark 5:21-43. God graciously purposes our waiting to demonstrate His power and authority in our lives. That is what we explore in this sermon.

Sermon Notes



“Will you trust me while you wait?”


Why is it difficult to trust God in our waiting?


Why can we trust God in our waiting?


SERMON IN A SENTENCE: God graciously purposes our waiting to demonstrate His power and authority in our lives.

Mark 5:21-43

And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and jlay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” And he went with him….

“This makes no sense. It is absolutely irrational. In fact, it’s worse than that: It’s malpractice. If these two were in the same emergency room, any doctor who treated the woman first and let the little girl die would be sued. And Jesus is behaving like such a reckless doctor.” - Tim Keller

While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.


Why is it difficult to trust God in our waiting?


Fear develops inside. v. 36


“Obey God and leave the consequences to Him.” - Charles Stanley


Doubt builds outside v. 35


Why can we trust God in our waiting?


  1. The Character of God is Good


Colossians 1:15

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”


“When you can’t trace his hand, you can trust his heart.” - Charles Spurgeon


  1. The Power of God is Undefeated


Because in the presence of Jesus, even death itself is just a nap.


  1. The Timing of God is Perfect

…Is usually different from ours.

…Is always for a purpose.


Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. (Psalm 115:3)

“Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.” – John Ortberg


We’re not God, but we have such delusions of grandeur that our self-righteousness and arrogance sometimes have to be knocked out of our heart by God’s delays. - Tim Keller


  1. The Faith of Man is Necessary


“Nobody ever came to God without a need.” – Watchman Nee


Sermon in a Sentence: God graciously purposes our waiting to demonstrate His power and authority in our lives.

Isaiah 40:31

but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

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