Trading Places
Feeling Better?
Praying Hard
REAL Power
Born Twice
God Speaks
I Didn't Do It!
The First Easter
Jesus Loves You
What's a Berean?


REAL Power

Some people think REAL power is taking a gun and killing someone.  But that's not real power.  Even a three-year old with a gun could kill someone.  REAL power is something totally different, as you'll find in this story.




Here's what the kids want you to know:
"My favorite story is the time some parents called for Jesus to come heal their daughter but by the time he got there she was dead.  But Jesus told her to open her eyes and wake up and he brought her back to life."


Here's what the Bible says:

When Jesus went back across to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. A 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 about to die," he said in desperation. "Please come and place your hands on her; heal her so she can live." Jesus went with him, and the crowd thronged behind. 

[Along the way] messengers arrived from Jairus's home with the message, "Your daughter is dead. There's no use troubling the Teacher now." 

But Jesus ignored their comments and said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just trust me."  Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn't let anyone go with him except Peter and James and John. 

When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw the commotion and the weeping and wailing. He went inside and spoke to the people. "Why all this weeping and commotion?" he asked. "The child isn't dead; she is only asleep." 

The crowd laughed at him, but he told them all to go outside.

Then he took the girl's father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her hand, he said to her, "Get up, little girl!" 

And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around!  Her parents were absolutely overwhelmed. Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what had happened, and he told them to give her something to eat. (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43, NLT)

A few thoughts from me:

This is one of my favorite stories, too.  Jesus cared so much about people that there were times he would reverse death and bring people back to life.

You know, some people think they have a lot of power if they can take a gun and kill someone.  "That's power!" they say.  But it's not very hard to kill something.  I've killed many plants around my house by not watering them.  Killing things is easy.

Real power is bringing someone who's dead back to life.  Real power is healing someone who has been sick.  Real power is brings life rather than death.

If you want real power in this world, put your faith in Jesus.  Jesus gives us the power to bring life.  He raised many people back to life here on this earth, and when He died, He Himself was raised from the dead, and appeared to over 500 people.

Now that's power.  That's the kind of man I want to follow.  And I hope you'll want to follow him, too.  The Bible says that Satan "comes only to steal and kill and destroy," but that Jesus has come "that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10).  

So don't work for Satan and take the life of others.  Work for God, who gives us the REAL POWER to bring the dead back to life.

P.S.  If you let Satan work through you, you'll regret it the rest of your life.  But if you let Jesus work through you, you'll bring life to yourself and others.  So choose Jesus and bring life, OK!!?!!

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