Mark 5:21-43 KJV
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. And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 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.” So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
A Woman with Issue is Healed
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?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
Jairus’s Daughter is Healed
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?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” 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. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.
In both of these stories you have people who without a touch from Jesus have a pretty bleak future. In one situation we have a father who is about to lose his daughter, we have a little girl who is about to die, and we have a woman who is sick with no hope of recovery. These are all very real issues of life. The voice of despair yelling at them or at us in our lives to surrender, because things are not getting better. However, Jesus places a challenge to them in the midst of their difficult moment. His challenge is, will you believe? Who will you believe? Will you declare what you believe?
I can relate today to both Jairus and the woman. I understand the fear of loss which is what would have been in his heart. The idea of losing someone you love will push you to do things you might not normally do. The thought of living without them in your life is so unbearable that you will desperately pursue the answer to see them healed. For the woman, I have felt her hopelessness when searching for answers regarding health issue’s and no answers came. She was desperate. You do desperate things in those moments. She was willing to take a risk for her miracle. A woman touching a man especially with her condition. Culturally and Religiously unacceptable at that time, but she took the risk and he met her in her place of need.
His response to these people were such kindness and tenderness. Do not fear, only believe. He speaks the same word to our hearts. Do not fear, only believe.
Three questions arise for me from these stories. Am I desperate for his touch? Am I willing to take a risk to have it? Do I really believe He is able?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on how we can apply this to our lives.