Mark 5:21-43

Mark 5:21-43 New King James Version (NKJV)

A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea.

22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet

23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”

24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.

25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,

26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.

27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.

28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.

30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”

31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”

32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.

33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.

34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”

36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.

38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly.

39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”

40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.

41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”

42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.

43 But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.


These verses show Jesus turns sadness to gladness.

--Do you ever get lonely? Ill? Sad? Go to Him!

--As God He is "a Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3). He understands ours.

--Life is not all sunshine, but He can make it so!

"Messiah's Miracles," I have titled Mark chapter 5.

--Jesus did many. I believe in miracles, I see them.

--Jesus arrives, and "multitudes" gather around Him.

--Lord, we pray, "Do it again! Call multitudes!

--One of them was Jairus, leader in their synagogue.

--He came to Jesus, "fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, 'My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live'" (Mark 5:22f)

--Note his humble faith - dying, but "may be healed."

--So Jesus "went with him, a .. multitude followed."

Luke tells us this was Jairus' only child (8:42).

--And that she was "twelve years old," ill, and "at the point of death." There was a need, indeed.

I believe it was in Jairus' synagogue where the Savior healed a man's withered hand; no doubt he saw it.

--Jairus probably present when Jesus cast out the evil spirits who cried out, "You are the Son of God" (Mark 3:1-11). He knew of Jesus' ministry all over.

--He had come to the right Person. The right way.

In the crowd that day in Capernum were two sad ones with two desperate needs, both looking to Jesus.

--Just as in any group, anywhere. We all are needy.

--We need a Savior - both from sin, ills, or sorrows.

--May I say, there is none better, more loving, more qualified and experienced, than the Lord Jesus.

Jairus came to Jesus to "heal" his daughter, not for him to raise her from the dead. Jesus did both!

--As Jesus was caring for Jairus' needs, a woman was in the crowd, also with a desperate need.

--The woman had a "flow of blood for twelve years."

--Jesus is going to meet the needs of both persons.

--Let Him do so for us. To grant us His grace.

Both this woman, and the little daughter of Jairus, needed healing. Like some today, ill, sad, lonely.

--But, like all of us, both needed forgiveness, and God's salvation, that Jesus came to bring.

I see both families as religious, and prayerful.

--Jairus was a leader in his synagogue - one of ten men that was required to form a synagogue.

--He came to Jesus, "fell at His feet .. prayed."

--Let's give Jairus a lot of credit - he came to Jesus. He had great influence, in synagogue, town.

--So when "Jesus went with him, a great multitude" followed (v 24). Everyone has some influence.

Let's meet this dear woman, who touched Jesus.

--She had been ill with a "flow of blood for twelve years and suffered many things from many physicians. She wanted God's help, God's will.

--She was in the "great multitude" following.

--Like Jairus' little daughter, she too was suffering, and needed healing. Like some today.

The woman "came from behind Him in the crowd and touched (Jesus') garment, " believing, "I shall be made well." She knew Jesus had healed - saved - others.

--The doctors had done all they could do.

--In prayer, she was acting in faith .. in Jesus.

--What happened? She was "healed .. immediately."

--How? By her faith! By a touch, of Jesus' robe!

--And Jesus knew! Asked, "Who touched My clothes?"

In a large crowd, it could have been a lot of folk.

--Disciples replied, "You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, "Who touched Me?'"

--Jesus looked around, to see the woman who had.

--Afraid, "trembling, she fell down before Him, and told Him the whole truth" (v 33).

--Jesus said, "Daughter, you faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed..."

--What a wonderful Savior! No other like Jesus!

Why was this woman afraid, "trembling," before Jesus?

--She was ceremonially unclean - not permitted in any crowd, or to touch anyone, says Leviticus 12:4.

--Before Jesus, she "fell .. told Him all.

--He told her, "Your faith has made you well, Go, in peace." From illness - sadness - to gladness!

While Jesus was speaking to her, they came saying to Jairus, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further" (v 35). It was indeed sad news.

Did this delay, by the woman's interruption cause it?

--No, it is all in God's perfect will and plan.

--Whether or not Jairus may have felt otherwise.

--Jesus is going to take care of his daughter too.

All this is for Jesus to teach us valued lessons.

--To learn that God does all things well, and best.

--That our part is to trust Him. And obey Him.

--To let the Lord lead, and be in charge of our life.

--Follow Him, for He turns sadness into gladness.

Jesus didn't touch the woman, or come to Jairus.

--She touched Jesus! Jairus came to Jesus!

--We must seek Him, as they; as we do, Jesus blesses.

--We need to do more than be in a crowd with Jesus!

--We need to come in faith, to "touch Him," just like this poor woman who touched Him - with all our heart.

And, like Jairus to bring Jesus to our home, even if there is illness or sorrow, and grief.

--No greater Comforter. Counsellor. Companion.

Most all of us have known grief in some form, more or less - and it is not joyous. It is grievous.

--There is so much of it - in so many uncertainties.

--Blessed are they who are "born again" and living in the will of the Lord, prepared for the hereafter!

--What a blessedness, comfort, joy and peace He gives!

--In Christ Jesus, what do believers have to fear?

Let's journey on with Jesus to the home of Jairus.

--Surrounded by those "who wept and wailed loudly."

--See how the Lord wants to build our faith in Him.

Whatever it is, or who it is, Jesus can turn sadness to gladnes .. and sinners into saints.

Sure enough, when they arrived, his daughter was indeed dead, with lots of mourners surrounding them.

--Jesus said, "The child is not dead but sleeping."

--They didn't believe Jesus, they "ridiculed Him."

Before the parents, Peter, James and John, Jesus, as God who creates all life, restores life.

--He "took the child by the hand, 'Little girl, I say to you arise'" (v 41), in loving tenderness.

--He "who is the resurrection and the life, " is able.

--At once, "the girl arose and walked .. and they were overcome with great amazement" (v 42).

--She got up, and ate! Alive again! Glory to God!

Jesus raised at least three from the dead, we know.

--There was Lazarus, an older man; a widow's son, in the village of Nain on the way to be buried.

--And this 12-year old little daughter of Jairus.

--Miraculous! Yet each of them died again.

The only permanent life is with God, in heaven!

--This world is not our home. It has much sadness.

--But there is no sadness - sickness, sin or tears - in that land above, where we never grow old.

You say, I wish the Lord would make me glad. He can.

--I was once "dead in trespasses and sin," and Jesus gave me new, abundant, and eternal life, in Him.

--A spiritual life and joy that transcends this one.

--He has done it for millions. He can for you!

--Jesus' miracles were to show He is God the Messiah and promised Savior of all mankind, who believe.

Some day sadness will come our way, in loss, a death or grief - of loved ones, friends or maybe of us.

--Like a good Boy or Girl Scout, let's "Be Prepared."

--Loneliness, suffering, loss and grief is not to be borne alone. We need a Savior, abiding with us!

Bring your sadness to Jesus, Who can give gladness.

--"Be born again."

Dr. Wilbert D. Gough ThD. 921