“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.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.” Mark 5:21-42
Jesus just got done preaching and healing in the Gentile region and now returned to the other side of the sea to the Jewish towns. And when he was getting out of the boat, it said a “multitude” of people gathered around him. I don’t know how large a multitude is but later in this story it say that the people were crowding AGAINST him. You don’t crowd AGAINST someone unless you have no room. Makes me think about the streets of New York, literally rubbing against people as you walk with the crowd. And then Jairus comes. Jairus, a leader of the synagogue in that town. This is a Jewish town, filled with people who go to the synagogue consistently, who are led by the leader, who all probably knew of Jairus, who all probably knew of his dying daughter. If our president’s daughter was dying, we’d all know about it. In a similar fashion, these people in this town all probably knew about Jairus’ situation and when he appeared, they probably made way for him to get to Jesus but they all knew what he was going to ask Him to do. Jairus came, and fell at Jesus’ feet and pleaded, please, my daughter is dying. Please COME and put your hands on her so she will be healed and live.
This sounds LIKE another story in the Bible! Matthew 8:5-13 is a story about a ROMAN Centurion, a roman soldier. A gentile. Probably with a pagan upbringing. Who came to Jesus to ask Him to heal his servant who is paralyzed at home. Jesus said “ I will COME and heal him” but the soldier said that if Jesus would just speak a word, his servant will be healed. And Jesus marveled at his faith.
It’s interesting to me that a leader of the synagogue, who reads the scriptures, who knows and understands the Jewish ways begged Jesus to COME with Him but a man did not grow with such knowledge had the FAITH to ask Jesus just to SPEAK and it would be done. It goes to show that it’s not about KNOWING Jesus. Even Satan himself knows Jesus! It’s about believing that what Jesus says about our life is true! It’s not about how much you KNOW, it’s about how much you BELIEVE.
And what’s so precious about our Lord Jesus is that He will meet us where we’re at. At what level of faith we have, He will still meet us. Because here He goes, scripture says “So Jesus went.” And as He went, the crowd followed.
Upon hearing Jairus pleading with Jesus to heal his daughter, and Jesus is now going with Jairus, I can imagine the excitement of the crowd, of the town. YES! The Miracle Worker is here! He will save her! He will cure her! Imagine the anticipation, or even the thrill. Imagine his disciples! Their leader, coming to save the day! Think about how important this must be. The rulers of the synagogues have constantly been battling against Jesus and now, one of begging for His help. This could be a bridge builder! This could mean some sort of reconciliation! We have to hurry! His daughter is DYING. I can imagine the urgency of this father, and the urgency of the crowd. Everyone is moving along, trekking to this man’s house.
And then… we have a break in the story. An interruption if you will.
Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
A certain woman. It wasn’t just any woman. It wasn’t just any ONE person who was pushing up against Jesus, crowding against Him, rubbing against His shoulder, moving with Him through the crowd. No. A certain woman, a particular woman who had been suffering for 12 years, somehow got in her mind that if she would just TOUCH the hem of Jesus’ garment, she will be healed. See, back then, when you have a flow of blood, you were deemed unclean. According to the law, if you were unclean that meant you were declared (or sometimes you had to declare yourself) unclean, you were isolated from the presence of God and from His people, you were usually put outside of the camp away from everyone, and all of this was to ensure that you wouldn’t CONTAMINATE others. Imagine 12 years of this. A life of isolation. 12 years of spending your life’s money. 12 years of trying to find answers, trying to be healed, trying to get back into society. 12 years trying to BELONG AGAIN. To be SEEN again. Imagine her DESPERATION. Her angst. Her embarrassment. Her shame. She can’t approach Jesus directly, she can’t even touch ANYONE for that matter because that would mean she would contaminate and make them ALL unclean. And I’m sure the villagers knew who she was, so she probably hid her face. Sneaking. Trying to blend into the crowd. Slowly inching her way to Jesus so she could crouch down and touch his garment. Scripture says she came up behind Him… not towards Him face to face, just Jairus, but behind Him. Hoping, that no one would even notice. But Jesus DID notice. And that’s when we have this major break in this story. Here they all were, hurrying to Jairus’ home and then boom, Jesus stops so everyone stops. And He asked, “who touched me.” You can see the puzzling looks. The confused questions. Maybe even the hint of frustration in the disciples.
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
What do you mean WHO TOUCHED YOU?! There’s a DYING GIRL! We have no time to WASTE. But see, Jesus didn’t see it as wasted time. Out of all the people moving and crowding around Him, only ONE person reached out for their transformation and received it. And Jesus HAD to acknowledge it. See, we can move with the crowd, walk with the mob, but there is a major difference between just going with the flow and desperately reaching out to JESUS! We can all come to church every single week, move with the crowd, maybe witness other people’s transformations, but until WE REACH OUT to Jesus PERSONALLY, we desperately cry out to Him, we’ll be just like this crowd, experiencing His miracles for others, but not for ourselves.
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.
This awkward moment, maybe in silence as every person was looking at Jesus. They realized that He was not going to move forward UNTIL He found out who had done it. He kept looking around to find her. Can you imagine how afraid she was? If she was afraid before. If she was ashamed before. If she was embarrassed before… imagine all of those feelings NOW. How heightened they must’ve been. Scripture said she TREMBLED with fear. For 12 years she was shamed, publicly cast away. And now, was that going to happen to her again? Was she going to be publicly humiliated again? Was she going to be exposed again?
33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.
She had a choice here. She didn’t have to come forward. It didn’t seem like anyone else in the crowd was going to oust her. It didn’t seem like anyone else knew what had just happened. If she would’ve walked away now because she was afraid, she could have gotten away with it. But see, when Jesus calls out to us, it’s only because HE ISN’T FINISHED WITH US YET!!!! Sometimes we are so afraid to face our shame, our embarrassment, our past, our future, our weakness, our mistakes, our “fill in your blank.” We don’t trust Jesus enough to allow our lives to shine under the light, we’re afraid of our dark corners where we like to hide things and shove things. And yet, here He is, calling her out, but not calling her out just to call her out. Here is what it says… look!
34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
He said DAUGHTER. DAUGHTER. There is only ONE person that Jesus EVER CALLED DAUGHTER, not daughter of Abraham, not daughter of so and so, just Daughter, like she was HIS DAUGTHER, and it’s THIS WOMAN RIGHT HERE. This woman that doesn’t even have a name that we know of. This outcast becomes a chosen daughter of Jesus.
Jesus wasn’t just there to be her miracle worker, Jesus became her Savior, and shows her the heart of the Father. And He tenderly calls out to her, when was the last time someone tenderly called out to this woman?
DAUGHTER. This woman that everyone had cast aside. This woman that has been isolated and scrutinized for 12 years. This woman that has been turned away and away and away again. This woman who has been rejected continually. This woman. This woman, who Jairus himself may have turned away from the synagogue because he was the leader of it and it was his job to make sure that people didn’t come in if they were unclean. THIS WOMAN. This woman that everyone was thinking was a waste of time, an unwanted interruption, THIS WOMAN.
In one fell swoop, Jesus made sure that everyone who was with them that day knew, this woman BELONGED. That she was WANTED. This woman was His DAUGHTER. He gave her back her IDENTITY.
He declared her DAUGHTER, and restored to her a place in society. No longer unclean, but blessed by Jesus.
Daughter your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering. Be free of your suffering? What suffering? She was already healed from the flow of blood, wasn’t she? How many of you know that 12 years of isolation and abandonment causes suffering that is aside from the physical? The emotional turmoil. The mental. The spiritual.
See, JESUS doesn’t just want a part of you. He wants ALLLLL of you. And when He calls you out from the crowd, when he calls your darkness into the light, it is to FREE YOU. It is so you can have PEACE. It is so you can have HEALING. It is so you can life a life, and a life that is more abundant. HALLELUJAH!
And all this time, Jairus is standing there, shocked maybe. Dumbfounded maybe. I’m sure irritated and anxious for his own daughter!
I’m sure he recognized this woman. This woman that he turned away from the synagogue. This woman he cast aside. This woman that maybe, it was even his job to let people know she was unclean and warn the townspeople to stay away from her. In his mind, I wonder if he even felt a bit slighted by Jesus, because here he is, a leader of the synagogue and there’s now this, WOMAN, taking up His precious time.
But see, Jesus isn’t moved by titles, he is moved by COMPASSION and FAITH.
While they are all standing around, anxious, probably screaming in their minds for Jesus to HURRY, there is a DYING GIRL, stop WASTING YOUR TIME, Jairus’ worst nightmare came true.
35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
Imagine the emotions surging through Jairus and even the crowd. Is it too late?
Overhearing[c] what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
But Jesus immediately said, DO NOT BE AFRAID, just BELIEVE. Do not be afraid of a bad report, ONLY believe. ONLY believe. When the situation seems hopeless, ONLY believe. When everyone ELSE is telling you to give up, ONLY believe. When others say WHY BOTHER, ONLY BELIEVE
Fear is the opposite of faith. When you hear a bad report, fear tries to creep in. The enemy takes these opportunities to put lies, play into our insecurities. Sometimes our situation gets WORSE before they get better and we become afraid. Is it too late? It’s easier to hold onto hope and faith when WE can see the solution, the light at the end of the tunnel, but when it seemingly becomes worse, when we can’t find the way out, when we don’t see how it can possibly work, DO NOT BE AFRAID, ONLY BELIEVE.
“He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was.He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.”
Jesus took this little dead girl by the hand. Not afraid of death. Not afraid that in the old testament, touching a dead person would make you unclean. Jesus doesn’t shy away from the dirt, the mess, Jesus didn’t play by the rules. He’s not afraid of the dead. He’s not afraid to face death head-on. Whatever situation of death you have in your life, Jesus is ready to face it head on WITH you. Whether it’s a hopeless situation, a relationship that’s dead, a future that seems destroyed, JESUS is ready to face it head on with you. Scripture says:
Romans 4:17 God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did…
He called that little child asleep, He called her to wake, He called those things which do not exist as though they did.
You may be like Jairus and his daughter, a situation that looks hopeless. A relationship that is dead.
Do not be afraid, ONLY believe! Believe what Jesus says about your life, your future, your relationship. Believe despite the bad reports, the negativity, the gasps and huffs, and puffs of other people. Believe even to the point of hysteria, even if others mock you, even if they laugh at you. Believe that those things in your life that are beyond repair, beyond hope, beyond life, JESUS will heal and make alive once again.
Or maybe you are like that woman. That woman who not only suffered physically but emotionally, mentally, spiritually for 12 years. That woman that everyone thought was a waste of time. That woman that others looked and considered a person of NO VALUE, but Jesus called her daughter and said she was WORTH IT.
You may be like that woman! And YOU ARE WORTH IT. You are valuable. You are not a waste of time. Jesus wants you, and He wants it all. He wants your freedom, He wants your healing, He wants you to have PEACE. He wants to give you identity. He wants you to
This is the good news. Jesus healed both daughters. He healed the unwanted daughter that everyone had cast aside. And He healed the beloved daughter that was loved by her family.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve had 12 years of a positive good life, with parents who love and care for you or if you’d had 12 years of absolute misery, suffering and trying to find a way out. One way or another, we ALL need Jesus. No matter what life we live, it doesn’t separate our need for Him!