February 21st 2018 Mark 5:21-43

Regardless of how big the crowd is our God sees us and cares for us.

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.

Jesus had taken a break from the multitudes and crossed over to go help this one guy in his plight. This man was plagued by a legion of demons and was in dire need of some help. After helping just one person Jesus was sent away. That guy remained there to be a witness for Jesus. Now Jesus has crossed back over and right into the midst of the crowds.

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.”

This guy Jairus is a ruler of the synagogue. Most of these guys did not like Jesus or believe who He was. I wonder when Jairus came to believe in Jesus. Did he since Jesus first came on the scene or was it not until his daughter was sick and in need? We do not know, but we know that his daughter is in need and that he is turning to the only one who can help.

24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.

Jesus starts the journey with Jarius to his house, but along the way the crowds were still pushing in close to them and they were being bumped and what not.

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.

We interrupt the story of Jairus and his dying daughter to hear about this bleeding women. When women had their flow of blood they were to go outside of the community until it was over. Blood of any kind was considered unclean back them. Typically these women would go through their cycles together. They would go together at the end of their menstruation to cerminically bath. This woman was there for many years would see the woman come and go time and time again, but hers never stopped. It never became her time to be clean. Her faith was great, but so was her shame. She knew that if she could just touch Jesus’ clothes that she would be healed. But she also did not seem to want to make a big deal out of it. She knew Jesus could do it and that was enough for her. Immediately upon the touch of his garments she was healed. The flow had stopped and she felt in her body that she was healed.

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?”

Even the things done in secret the Lord knows. Back in chapter 4 verse 22 we see this truth revealed. God knows all things. When this power leaves Jesus He knows, and He knows who it was that touched Him.

31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”

The disciples have a point. Remember as they were on their way to Jairus house the crowds were so great that they kept getting bumped into along the way. There are multiple people bumping into and touching Jesus.

32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.

This touch was different however. Jesus noticed this touch and the power that has come out from HIm. He wants to acknowledge the one that has received the healing.

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.

This woman was called out on a matter that she would have prefer to keep quiet. At first this seems like a complete intrusion of her privacy. Remember who she is and what she has gone through. For twelve years now she has suffered much at the hands of many doctors and she did not get any better. In fact she got worse. She came to Jesus believing that He could heal her. She likely went to the doctors believing that they could heal her as well. Her hopes had been lifted so many times only for deep disappointment to follow.

34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

This shows us how different our healing from God is from our “healing” from others. God gives us assurance of our healing. See if he did not call this woman out and tell her what she felt was truth. Guys the world will try to offer healing for us on various issues and diseases. There are things that they get right. I am a person who believes in going to the doctors for health issues. God has given them minds to figure things out and help. However, we are a culture that is overpopulated with antidepressants and drug abuse. I believe that there are people who do need antidepressants, but that is not the case for everyone on them. We suffer much at the hands of others with good intentions that just want to help. The issue with drug abuse makes it worse. Doctors want to help but all they can offer is another drug. These people suffer much at the hands of physicians. Jesus heals and He gives us insurance of our salvation. He does not want us to doubt our healings, He wants us to know the power of His touch.

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?”

Do not forget what we started today’s reading with. It was about a dad and his sick dying daughter. Jesus started on a journey to help this dad out. Along the way He was stopped by this woman who needed a healing. He stopped and had a conversation with her. Sometimes it can feel that way with us. We go and ask for a healing and along the way someone else’s needs show up. Theirs seem to take precedent. We can get to the place where we think the time for our miracle has come and gone. We can think it is simply time to move on from here.

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.”

Jesus heard the word, He saw that potential for doubt to creep in. Jesus speaks right to that. He tells him to not fear, even though he just got the news that his daughter had died. He is told to believe. He started in a place of belief and Jesus wanted Him to continue in this belief, even when things seem beyond belief.

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. 39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”

He only brought some in to see what was about to take place. He kicked ut those who came simply to mourn. What we see as the person dying Jesus knows to only be a sleep, and a sleep that He can wake her from.

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.

This little girl and her family received the miracle that they desired. Jesus healed her. The healing was complete and immediate.

Can you relate to either person from today’s reading? Have you been suffering from something for a long time and instead of growing better with the things you have tried you have only grown worse? Or have you believed Jesus for a miracle and it seems like it is delayed in coming, or worse that you have been forgotten about? Take heart from today’s reading. You are not forgotten. Jesus desires to heal and to let us know that healing is complete. He simply wants us to trust Him and put our faith, our belief, in Him.

Caitlin Renee

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