A. Jairus – a ruler of the synagogue and a father to a little girl
B. Approached Jesus directly for help
II. Overwhelmed with concern for self (5:25-34)
A. An unnamed woman – a societal outcast because of her disease (Leviticus 15:25-30)
B. Snuck up behind Jesus for healing – touched Him, made Him ceremonially unclean
III. Overwhelmed with grief (5:35-40)
A. “Do not be afraid, only believe”
B. “A tumult…wept and wailed loudly;” Jesus calls it a “commotion”
C. Jesus provides assurance, permits only the girl’s parents and Peter, James, and John to remain inside
IV. Overwhelmed with amazement (5:41-43)
A. Jairus’s daughter was raised from the dead
B. Jesus touched her – again, making Himself ceremonially unclean (Numbers 19:11-13)
How seriously do we view sin? When we are physically ill, whether it be with cancer or some other damaging disease, do we not try to resolve the issue? The woman who had suffered from “a flow of blood for twelve years” (Luke 8:43) had gone to great extremes to find a cure. Luke says that she “had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any” (Luke 8:43), while Mark adds the fact that she “rather grew worse” (Mark 5:26).
Jesus arrives on the scene, healing many, and this woman is convinced, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well” (Mark 5:28). Jesus is surrounded and thronged by many people as He travels to the house of Jairus, and the woman reaches out and touches “the border of His garment” (Luke 8:44). Immediately she is healed. No more doctors. No more blood. No more wasted resources for an incurable disease.
This woman demonstrated faith in the power of Jesus and was blessed because of that faith. Her faith was not merely a belief that He could heal her, but it motivated her to seek that healing. Had she never left her house, she never could have been blessed in such a tremendous way.
Let’s return now to the question at the beginning of this devotional. How seriously do we view sin? There is no doctor on earth that can heal us of the malady of sin. There is no cure in this world for it. But if we believe in Jesus’ power to save and actively seek Him and demonstrate our faith in His power to cleanse us of the stain of sin, we can be blessed in a tremendous way!
So many, however, refuse to go to the Great Physician. They refuse to take the medicine He prescribes. They refuse to exercise their spiritual muscles and feed on the meat of His Word. Friends, we will never be healed of sin if we do not follow His remedy!
Jesus wants to surround you with people that love you in His church. He wants to cleanse you in the waters of baptism. He wants to see you exercise faith and grow stronger in His Word and in His kingdom. He wants you to bring others to Him for that same power to heal their spiritual disease of sin. Reach out to Jesus, obey His commands, and let Him save you.
The power of Christ is shown in three ways in this chapter: power over the spiritual realm, power over physical maladies, and even power over death itself. Notice how people viewed His power.
The people who saw the demons depart the man and enter the swine wanted no part of Jesus. “Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.” The formerly possessed man wanted to join Jesus.
The ruler of the synagogue and the woman with a flow of blood both had faith that Jesus could heal; the ruler requested His assistance, while the woman wanted only to touch the hem of His garment.
Jesus went with the ruler of the synagogue, even though they had been informed of his daughter’s death. He said, “The child is not dead, but sleeping,” and He was ridiculed in response.
How do we react to the power of Jesus? Are we ashamed and want to send Him away, or do we want to go with Him? Do we truly believe, or do we ridicule?
How do we view the gospel? Paul tells us that the gospel “is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). Are you ashamed, or do you believe?
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Mark 4:25. “For whoever ___________, to him more will be given; but whoever does ___________ ___________, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
Pray for stronger faith in the power of Christ; pray for opportunities to see and tell of His power.
But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (Acts 8:12)