MARK 5:21-43 (NIV – UK)
Jesus raises a dead girl and heals a sick woman
21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round him while he was by the lake. 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.
A large crowd followed and pressed round 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.
30 At once Jesus realised that power had gone out from him. He turned round 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. 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.’
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?’
36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’
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.
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.
A RESURRECTION SIGN
Jairus’ daughter is dead – she is raised by Jesus. What we have here is a sign of the resurrection life that is found in Jesus.
First, the resurrection to new spiritual life in Jesus. As Paul writes in Ephesians 2:5, we are all ‘dead in transgressions’ – in our sinful nature we are spiritually dead. But at the same time Paul also tells us the solution – that God ‘made us alive with Christ’ and that ‘it is by grace you have been saved’. We see a sign of this here in Mark. The girl is helpless to save herself – she is dead – but it is by the grace of Jesus that she is raised to a new life. We must look to Jesus to raise us from spiritual death.
Second, the future resurrection of Jesus and our bodily resurrection. We do, indeed, need to be raised from spiritual death – but we will one day also need to be raised from physical death – to follow Jesus who has gone before us. Here is a demonstration of Jesus’ power over death – which is seen ultimately in his resurrection – and which we will experience on the last day.
We are all helpless to save ourselves – spiritually or physically. But a wonderful hope is found in Jesus. That is good news.
Question: Do you find it easy or difficult to accept that you need a saviour?