Mark 5:21-43 [NLT] Jesus raises a dead girl and heals a sick girl
21 Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22 Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, 23 pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” 24 Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. 25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. 30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” 31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” 35 While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” 36 But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.” 37 Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” 40 The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. 41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” 42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. 43 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.
Put yourself in the story as each of the characters. With which character do you most relate?
I find myself relating to the “messengers” who came from Jairus’ house. How heart wrenching to have to tell a friend, a relative, or an employer; “Your daughter is dead.” How sad they only saw Jesus as a teacher. This Jesus who had cast out demons, he is more than a teacher. This Jesus who had calmed a storm, he is more than a teacher. This Jesus that had healed a man with a shriveled hand, he is more than a teacher. This Jesus who had healed a paralyzed man that had been dropped down through a hole in a roof, he is more than a teacher. This Jesus who had healed leprosy, he is more than a teacher. Why do I treat this Jesus as teacher? This Jesus is the Son of God, the Son of Man. He is Savior, He is Creator, He is Healer, He is Messiah, He is God. He should be Lord! And perhaps like the messengers, perhaps like me, you find yourself saying, “There’s no use in troubling the teacher now.” So just so wrong on so many levels.
Be Jairus. Desperate! Needing more than a teacher.
Be the woman. Desperate! Needing more than a teacher.
Be the girl. Desperate! Needing more than a teacher.
Be a disciple. Faithful follower of a teacher, needing to experience desperation.
APPLY IT! How does this passage apply to your life and what will you do about it?
This passage leaves me wondering, am I really going to wait until I’m desperate to need Jesus to be more than a teacher in my life?
Teach me to learn from days gone by that I need Jesus! I need more than a teacher! I need him today, I’ll need him tomorrow. I need Jesus!