I MET JESUS: A sick woman and a dead girl (Mark 5:21-43)

Jesus didn't just heal people (amazing as that is), he also brought people back from the dead!

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 

Crowds again following Jesus.  Expectant based on what they've seen and heard already...

22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.

It's a desperate and humble plea for help from this religious leader.  Many of the religious leaders were against Jesus but this guy sees the power of Jesus (or has heard of it) and simply sees a possibility for his daughter to be healed like so many others.  

He probably hasn't settled all the theological arguments in his mind.  He's probably conflicted about it too but he knows he needs miraculous help from God if it's real.  Is that like you, or anyone you know?

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

Whilst they're on the way we see yet another desperate but faith-filled attempt to get healing from Jesus.  This time it's a woman with no religious authority and she doesn't even dare to ask with words.  She just desperately reaches to touch Jesus.  

Overlooked, ignored, undeserving, but desperate for miraculous help from God if it's possible.  Is that like you, or anyone you know?

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.

A thought here about Jesus' divine knowledge: Doesn't Jesus know everything?  Why is he asking who touched him?  Doesn't he know already?  

There a whole big theological discussion here about what kind of knowledge Jesus had in these kind of moments.  2 possibilities:

1. Jesus knew the answer to his question and asked it for the sake of others, not himself.  In this case, perhaps to help the woman come forward and be accepted by Jesus.

2. Or Jesus genuinely didn't know who it was who touched him.  Not because he couldn't have known it but because he chose not to.   

I think it's the second one.  When God the Son became one of us, he laid aside the continual use of his divine attributes, even though they were at all times accessible to him.  Imagine a pool champion who plays left-handed to make a game with an amateur a fair match.  He could thrash his opponent at any time if he wanted to, but he graciously humbles himself to play as an equal, even though he's not.  It's a little bit (and I mean only a little bit) like this with Jesus.  He humbled himself in order to genuinely be one of us, alongside other limited human beings (see Philippians 2:1-11).  So whilst it's likely that Jesus asks this question to help the woman come forward, I think he also asks honestly because he really doesn't know the answer until she does.

Either way, she DOES come forward...

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. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

The ignored, unimportant, overlooked, shame-filled woman is not only healed by Jesus but also, much to her surprise, loved by Jesus, valued by Jesus, welcomed by Jesus and accepted by Jesus!  Way more than she was hoping for!

If you're like her (or know someone who is), the good news of Jesus is even better than you think it might be!!  He loves you!  He made you for more!

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?”

Wow!  Think about it.  Jesus delays his journey to the important religious leader's house where a daughter is dying and the reason he delays is so that he can heal another daughter - one who is unlike the religious leader - unimportant, overlooked, but just as desperate and full of faith for healing from Jesus.  This delay means the man's daughter dies before Jesus gets to her.  And all because of this woman.  He could have been fuming!  But Jesus helps him in this moment...

36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Jesus knows it's never too late when it comes to the power he has at his disposal.  Not even death is a problem.  He invites faith, even in the face of it.

37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.

Jesus invites his three closest disciples to go with him to the dead girl.  When he says she's only asleep, I think Jesus realises she's dead, but to him, death is no more powerful than sleep and can be undone.  They laugh at him.

Have you ever laughed at Jesus in this way?  Or do you know someone who does this?  Laughing at his claims to be able to undo death for us?  Laughing at the miracles?  Laughing at his power?  

Be careful.  What if it's true? 

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. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Jesus heals the dead girl and brings her back to life.  Not CPR.  No defibrillator.  Jesus is more than a doctor - He's GOD!  He's not doing surgery - he's doing miracles!  This is not resuscitation.  It's RESURRECTION!!  Not exactly the kind of resurrection Jesus would have later on.  This girl would die again some day whereas Jesus rose to life eternal.  But Jesus has the power to raise the dead both to life AND to eternal life.  

And this is another moment where people are beginning to realise Jesus is much more than a man, more than a teacher and more than a prophet.  God is REAL and he's shown up in person!