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Mark 5:21-43;7-1-2018 (As Built; Amite #311)

A. Perseverence…Perseverence…
B. The year is 1908 and the queen of Scotland is getting ready for her day… She’s doing what queens do… There will be meetings… They’ll be some dignitaries… I’m sure they’ll be a lunch… and a dinner… They’ll be this and they’ll be that… They’ll be errands to run… They’ll be the course of the day… Downstairs in the kitchen the maid of the queen of Scotland is equally busy… She is preparing for the day… Because of the coming of dignitaries… The lunch meetings… the errand’s… Just the run of the day… As a result of it… she’s beginning to cook the breakfast and all of a sudden she hears a loud crash… It’s so much startles her… that she almost drops her food… And then it hits her… Well man there’s nobody here but the queen and I… So she puts the food down she starts to run up the stairs… as she’s coming up the stairs a man that is a massive brute meets her halfway… Literally pens her up against the wall… almost knocks her unconscious… As a result… she drops on the stairs… He runs down the stairs … he kicks open the door … and in the early dusk …between all the people he runs out in the streets… Man she’s trying to get her way about her… She’s trying to stand up… She’s wavering and wobbling… She finally gets up to the room… And regrettably there she is ...the queen … dead…The queen of Scotland has now passed… Man, when I tell you Scotland Yard gets word from this lady… Man it’s all hands on deck… You can only imagine right… I mean everyone from the desk jockey to the desk sergeant to the man walking the beat to the man pushing a broom… Everyone is out… They took one set of police officers and they sent just to investigate the room… They got another set to do nothing but sketch artist for all the people that saw the man right away… And then they had the third group canvassing the neighborhood… Not one rock unturned… Every house … in house… garage… shelter… everybody is going to be search… As a result… The gentleman that are in the room… The investigators… they find a brooch is missing…A brooch… They also start looking around and noticing things look a little disheveled but only missing one item… So all of a sudden the people are putting together the sketch… They start putting together what he looked like … what they said … what they felt … what they thought they saw… Then the third group took the sketch and started going door to door to door… Well man they get to the door of Oscar Slater and low and behold can I tell you… Man they look at the sketch they look at the thing they look at the sketch… They look at Oscar… Man this is our boy… They bust in… they go through the house… And you know what they find… The missing brooch… Man and they also find a one-way ticket to New York… Boy they got their boy… The word speedy doesn’t even begin to explain… what this trial was all about… 19 years later Oscar Slater is still in jail for killing the queen of Scotland… He is proclaimed his innocence from the very get-go… He’s written letters … He has summoned… He has sent out petitions… It is falling on deaf ears… He is about out of gas… Then his cellmate steps up… He said I want you to write a letter one more time… I want you to persevere to the very end… I want you to just write one letter… He said … I have written enough letters … I have petitioned … I have called … I have screamed… I’ve even use my own phone calls… And this is what it’s gotten me… He said one more letter… To Dr. Doyle… He said you’ve lost nothing… and I will never bother you again… He pens a letter to Dr. Doyle… Dr. Doyle is a local doctor in town but he’s also a gumshoe if you will… You know always a wannabe… an armchair detective… So he sends it to him petitioning for his help … outlining the whole story… How it came to be… Why he did this… And why this happened… While the brooch is missing… This that and the other… Man he takes the case… He being Dr. Doyle goes back to every witness back in the day… Everybody that signed off on the sketch artist… You know what they said… Unanimously… They all said the exact same thing… We weren’t sure it was him then or even less sure now… Every witness… He finds out that the brooch that was stolen from the queens own room… Was actually given to a pawnshop months before… This is where Oscar Slater had gotten it… Not after the death… And then they found out that low and behold the one-way ticket to New York is where his family is… He’s chosen to go back home… Yeah now don’t get me wrong …he’s no saint … he was a gambler and a gamer… But he also was an immigrant… Come to find out … the judge didn’t like immigrants… My brothers and sisters in Christ … because he perseveres and writes that one letter to all people …Dr. Doyle… Today he was a free man… This is a true story… And what’s amazing… It’s because Dr. Doyle does this… You and I now come up with a fictional character after his life… Called Sherlock Holmes… My brothers and sisters in Christ… It’s because we persevere…
C. That is exactly that Gospel… Remember what the Good Lord tells Jairus the official… After they told him there is no need to bother Him… Your daughter is dead… He tells him something that you and I need to remember… Do not be afraid but believe… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Do not fear but believe… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Now remember your 1st century Jew… Let us go back in time… If you are a synagogue official… you have high ranking … In that you either built a synagogue yourself or it’s held at your house… If you have a very big house you’ll have the room in the courtyard… This is where you’ll have the synagogue meeting… This is where you’ll have workshop… For him to come and lay prostrate in front of our Savior… That cost him more than you and I will know… The number 12 is important to a Jew like you and I… Brothers and sisters in Christ… For a Jew… 12 is the 12 tribes… that is the 12 apostles… that is the 12 gates in the book of revelation… that is the 12 entrances into heaven… That is the 12 foundations in the book of revelation as well… Brothers and sisters in christ… that means total and complete… So for the girl to be 12 years old and died… she is completely dead… She cannot be resuscitated… There is no coming back… That’s why that never shows up… For the Jews… More over… Brothers and sisters in Christ… The lady has been hemorrhaging for 12 years… It is complete… Her disease is final… There will be no cure… she won’t come back from it… It will take her life… My brothers and sisters in Christ… What’s important for you to understand in for I don’t understand… Understand the setting in which this is taking place… Think about it… Here’s an official… Who is now a worshiper of Jesus Christ… Who perseveres to go out in public lays prostrate and then all of a sudden brothers and sisters in Christ… Is walking back when all of a sudden the crowd press around Him… Is it not amazing to you and I that of all the people pressing against Christ… and there obviously must’ve been a lot… That the only one that recognizes Him for Who He was is the lady thats hemorrhaging… Think about it… He’s the one that turns around and says the power has left Me and who touched Me… An apostle said who touched You?… Will just look at the people… That tells you how many were nonbelievers … For if they had touch Christ… They too would’ve been cured… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Do you know Jairus the official and her have a lot in common… She is dead broke… She can’t even worship in the temple… She’s socially a leper… You touch her you’re quarantined for seven days… She has no money… She can’t worship… You know what’s amazing… It’s the same thing that’s going to happen to Jairus… He’s going to be a social leper… Because now a Jew worshiping Jesus Christ… He will no longer have the prestige and the money… He’s gonna be without all of that… More over… Brothers and sisters in Christ… He’s now going to be a leper… Because now he’s a follower of the Christ… And a result of it… the percentage is small… But make sure you understand this… When He gets into the building to go into the room… To bless the child and to wake her… You understand what happens… People are weeping and crying… They are professional criers… Back in the day if you didn’t think people would come to your funeral… You could pay people to cry on your behalf… You pay them they cry… You stop paying them they stop crying… So as a result of it… He’s telling them… This is a little irritating… because it is all a façade… Anyway this is why He runs them out… It’s also important you understand that He brings Peter James and John… Because they will see the Transfiguration… They will be closest to Him in the Garden of Gethsemane… So they can handle what’s coming… My brothers and sisters in Christ… All because they persevered…
D. Go back in Scripture all of our best players… All of our best players are those who persevere… Think… Think brothers and sisters in Christ… Go back to Mary Magdalen… What if she wakes up on Easter Sunday… And she says what’s the point… I mean I have followed Him … I have worshiped Him … I have proclaimed Him to be the Savior of the world… And now this morning I wake up… she’s not going… The Blessed Mother… Peter is not going… he’s crying in the corner… John doesn’t want to leave… I don’t know where the apostles are… So why should I bother going to the tomb… I mean it’s going to be surrounded by soldiers… who I know regrettably all too well… It’s going to be sealed that I can’t open it… It’s gonna be massively bigger than I could ever imagine… Yet because she perseveres… Because she goes that extra step… When nobody else budges… Give her her due… This is why she’s the first to see the Risen Christ… That is the gift of perseverance… You know what’s amazing… Brothers and sisters in Christ… If you go back to our Church Fathers… You know Peter confronted our Lord Savior… shortly there after… and asked Him why… why did You appear to her and not to me… I mean I am your Victar … I’m your first pope… I’m the one that did this… And I’m the one that did that… And you know what He told Peter… according to our Church Fathers… You know when I was up on the cross… I looked for you… and I didn’t see you... I did see her… My brothers and sisters in Christ… The gift of perseverance… What if Veronica doesn’t stand in the middle of the aisle as the people from the crucifixion are going by … to be pushed on… to be beaten … to give up you’re one veil… Would you or I have the veil today… Would the holy father be able to put it on his alter at Easter Sunday… All because she perseveres… My brothers and sisters in Christ… Say what you want about Peter… Yeah I know… He cut off the guys ear… He denied our Savior three times… The good Lord called him Satan… He was confused about the issue of walking on water… Give the man his due… 33 years he carries that cross… And he was crucified upside down and he starts Holy Mother Church… He is the first one to get conversion… He’s the first one to have miracles… He’s the first one to decide the issue of circumcision… He is the leader of Holy Mother Church… Give him his due because he does know how to persevere…
E. Well now here you and I sit 2000 years later… How good are you and I are persevering… Well let’s see… Brothers and sisters in Christ… Will you persevere in your prayers… For what’s going on at work… That the job needs to come in… That you need to get along better with your coworkers… That your boss is better than you think… That at the end of the day what you’re doing does make a difference… Will you continue to persevere… In your prayers… Will you continue to persevere in your prayers for your children… For your prodigal sons and daughters… Who’s left and gone astray… Will you continue to pitch for your spouse… And for the people in your home… Will you continue to persevere in your prayers for your doctors visits… So that you know what’s coming that you’ll be prepared for it… My brothers and sisters in Christ that’s the point… How long will you persevere… How long will you knock on the door… And how many times have I heard people exclaim… Father I am tired… I am fed up… I am not… I’m not praying anymore… I’ve done it… He’s not listening… He’s not there… He doesn’t care… And I’m not sure He exist… Lie… Lie…Lie…Lie…It’s all a lie… You know He’s there… You know who your listening to… The evil one wants you to stop… I’m telling you my brothers and sisters in Christ… Listen to me… If you decide that you’re fed up and you are full… And you’re not gonna pray one more prayer… They can beat it out of you and you’re not gonna do it… You’re not giving Him one more ounce of your faith… You’re not giving Him one more ounce of recognition… I’m gonna tell you right now though fight is lost right then… There will be no more… You think your children are lost now… And your jobs going nowhere and that doctors appointment is the end of the good news… You don’t know what bottom is… until you stop praying… Then you’re going to find out how the Good Lord has been carrying your children and it could’ve been a lot worse than you thought… The doctors visit is going to be even worse than you could imagine… You think your job is bad now stop praying and see where it ends up… My brothers and sisters in Christ… He’s carrying us… That’s why He’s doing what He’s doing… You and I have to persevere… if you stop praying they’re not going to continue to pray… You must persevere in your prayers… Will you knock on the door until the Good Lord comes… Will you stand there incessantly until someone opens the door… Will you continue to pitch… Knowing full well that His time is perfect … and that He will answer your prayers… That He is God… Stop taking counsel with the evil one… Do you not understand the game… What world you wake up in… Brothers and sisters in Christ… Are you out on a beautiful day and you’re thinking about the past… That would’ve could’ve should’ve demon… In other words…if I would’ve done this … if I could’ve done that or should’ve done that I wouldn’t be in the spot that I man… Who are you listening to… Don’t you know that he’s a liar… Do you not know that he hates it… To the very venom of his bones… Your name causes him to spit… And he wants you to stop… He wants you to wake up in yesterday… the day of regrets… Or worse he wants you to wake up in the day of tomorrow… The game of if… Well what if this happens… or what if this … or what about if … or what about that or what about this… Don’t you get it… He wants to rob you of your peace… Because he knows he has no say… He has no string on you… Why do you allow him to attach yourself… Brothers and sisters in Christ … he’s been a liar since the very beginning… he wants you to believe that it will not matter… I’m telling you that’s all that does matter… Is your prayers… You must persevere… You got to give it that extra thing… I’m begging you… I’m begging you… Make that one last pitch… I promise you… I promise you… He’ll make good… But you and I must persevere…
F. And I’ll leave you with this… Listen… Even the snails made it to the Ark… Persevere…
G. Amen … In the name of the Father … the Son … and the Holy Spirt … Amen

 

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