November 11, 2021 – Mark 5: 21-43 – Healing in Two Stories, Part One

The next two days we are reading from Mark 5: 21-43:

21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24 So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 He looked all around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38 When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. Then 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. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43 He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

The next two days we are going to look at this story, as Mark sandwiches two healing stories together.  We see the story of Jarius’ daughter and then we see the woman who has been bleeding for years.  What is interesting about both of these stories is that Jesus heals individuals that may have been seen as not really worthy of His time and effort, a child, a girl to be exact, and then an unclean woman.  Society would have looked away from both to them, as children were little more than property and this unclean woman would have been an outcast.  Yet Jesus shows His grace to even those that others are tempted to look away from. 

Verses 21-24 and 35-43 deal with Jairus’ daughter.  In her being raised from the dead, we see the truth that will see ultimately fulfilled on Easter. Death has no hold on Jesus.  Death, for us, seems to be the end.  The fear of death is one of the universal concepts of human existence. But here we see Jesus look death in the face and defeat it.  Death is defeated in this moment for this young girl. But for all of us, and for all of eternity, death is destroyed on Easter morning.  

What this young girl experienced in this passage, all of us who believe in Jesus will experience as well. Death has no hold on us. Death is forever defeated. Where oh grave is your victory?  Where oh death is your sting?  

The consequence of sin in the Garden was death.  The victory of Jesus is the freedom from death.  This young girl was raised from the dead.  We no longer must fear death.  It is defeated and has no hold upon us.  

May we live as resurrection people today! 

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