Heavenly Father, we believe You have revealed Yourself to us in the holy bible preserved through history. You know who we are and what we are struggling with. We permit you to change, heal, renew, refresh, and restore us, in Jesus’ name, Amen
Mark 5: 21-43
VV 21-23, 21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. 22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “ My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”
After healing the Gadarene demoniac, Jesus returned to the west side of the Sea of Galilee. Jairus’ daughter, a 12-year old girl was dying. Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue, a Pharisee. He was very destitute. He worshiped Jesus, begging Him to come to his house to heal her daughter. Jesus was very approachable but also very interruptible.
VV 25-29, ‘’25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.’’
On the way to Jairus’ house, Jesus was interrupted by a woman who had bleeding from her womb for 12 years. She suffered pain and misery for 12 years and had spent all her money on doctors. She said that if only she could touch the hem of Jesus’ garment she would be cured. Silently making her way into the crowd, she came close to Jesus. She touched one of the tassels on the hem of Jesus’ garment and instantly her bleeding stopped.
VV 30-34, 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” 31 But His disciples said to Him,’’ You see the multitude thronging You, and You say,’ Who touched Me?’ ”32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
Everyone was touching Jesus because He was in a crowd. But Jesus could felt that power had left Him. Jesus called out ‘’who touched me?’’ He wanted the woman to come out and confessed her healing. He did not want her to quietly go home unnoticed. He acknowledged her faith and pronounced to her a blessing of peace.
VV 35-38, ‘’35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly.’’
When his servants told Jairus that her daughter was dead, he would have felt discouraged. Whatever faith Jairus had was gone, but Jesus said, ‘’ do not be afraid, just believe’’. From now on, Jesus only allowed His inner circle of disciples, Peter, James, and John to follow him into Jairus’ house. In those days, funerals were noisy affairs with wailing, screaming, and howling. They even hired professional mourners to wail out loudly.
VV 39-43, ‘’39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” 40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. 43 But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.’’
Jesus good the crowd that the child was not dead but was only sleeping and they laughed him to scorn. Paul said in Phil 1:21, ‘’for me to live is Christ and to die is gain.’’ Sleep is a metaphor for death. At the rapture, all Christians who had died will wake up again, 1 Thess. 4: 15-17. Jesus said, ”little girl arise” and ”immediately the girl arose and walked’’.
Heavenly Father, we acknowledged that You are the resurrection and the life. You had power over death, sickness, sin, demon, and nature. We pray that You will heal us from all sicknesses, pain, or discomfort, in Jesus’ name, Amen.