Summary: Healing comes from p[lacing desperate faith in a faithful Saviour
You’re a Healing Jesus
Joe, a hard working factory worker and father of a little girl became depressed. Things were not going well at work, and he was bringing his problems home with him every night. Every evening he would eat his dinner in silence, shutting out his wife Jane and five-year-old daughter, Suzy. Then he would go into the family room and read the paper and watch endless hours of Television, blocking out his family.
After several nights of this, one evening little Suzy took her little hand and pushed the newspaper down. She then jumped into her father's lap, wrapped her arms around his neck and hugged him strongly.
Joe said abruptly, "Honey, you are hugging me to death!" "No, Daddy," Suzy said, "I'm hugging you to life!"
This was the greatness of Jesus. He took people where they were and hugged them to life. That is precisely what we see Jesus doing here in this dramatic passage in Mark 5:21-43.
Mark includes two miracles that are intertwined. The story begins with a desperate father urging Jesus to come and heal his dying daughter. Sandwiched between Jairuses request and Jesus response, is a nameless women with an incurable disease; Equally desperate and needy as Jairus’s daughter.
Both of these accounts involve women. One is a young preteen twelve year old girl on the cusp of womanhood. The other a nameless adult woman who had endured twelve years excruciating pain and shame.
Jairus was a desperate father about to loose his daughter, the woman about to loose her life. Both desperate. Both in need.
Both of these cases remind us that,
When you feel you are on the verge of losing everything, the simply touch of Jesus gives you more than you could ask or imagine.
The story begins with a desperate father pressing to see Jesus for his dying daughter.
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. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet.
The story tells us that Jairus was one of the synagogue rulers. That is he held a place of prominence and prestige in the community. His walk, clothing and demeaner told the world, “I am somebody’
Jairus was one of the most important and most respected man in the community. But all of that prestige fell like ashes in the wind, when news came that his little girl was gravely ill. All of the sudden, the man who had everything rushed with abandon to Jesus as a man who was about to lose everything.
No matter how wealthy, powerful or popular a person is, desperation makes him forget.
Jairus forgot his PREDJUDICE. He was a person of importance, class, and prestige. Jesus was a simple teacher and carpenter from the back water town of Nazareth. But in the hour of need all that mattered was that he would see Jesus.
His DIGNITY was forgotten. Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue. You could have called him the reeve or mayor of the town, and yet in desperation and spiritual bankruptcy, he THREW himself at Jesus feet.
Jairus forgot his PRIDE. It is never easy to ask for help. Jairus may have wrestled with this but when it came to the life of his little daughter, he was going to move heaven and earth no matter how he looked to the outside world. He needed help. Jairus needed JESUS and he would do whatever it would take to get to Him.
It is note worthy that when a person is in great need how much of the tangible things of life we FORGET. When faced with desperate need, suddenly the intangible things of life begin to take on greater importance.
Jairus pleaded earnestly with Jesus “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.
Without fanfare or discussion, Jesus drops what he was doing and responds quickly .
So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him.
Expereince tells me that there could have been a stadium filled with people accompanying Jairus , but all that mattered was, He was with Jesus and Jesus was with him. All was perfect as it should be when the unthinkable happens
JESUS IS INTERUPTED!
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 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.
The woman had a hemorrhage that was apparently incurable and was slowly destroying her. One can only imagine the pain and emotional pressure that sapped her strength day after day.