There’s so much more to say about Mark 5: 21-43 than I can write here (heeding the advice of Proverbs 10:14: “The wise don’t tell everything they know, but fools talk too much and are ruined.” ESV). So may I once more recommend Tim Keller’s treatment of it in his book King’s Cross.
I would, however, like to point out something that grabbed my attention this time. Check out these three verses:
Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 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.” Mark 5: 22-23 (NIV) [Notice that Jairus is a leader at the synagogue, so not all the leaders were out to kill Jesus.]
When [the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years] heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Mark 5: 27-30 (NIV)
[Jesus] took [Jairus’ daughter] by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. Mark 5: 41-42 (NIV)
Somehow both Jairus and the bleeding women knew it: Just a touch heals.
Even so, Jairus was astonished when Jesus touched his daughter’s hand, took it, and helped her stand – after she had already died.
Both Jairus and the bleeding woman fell at Jesus’ feet, acknowledging his primacy, power, and right to do what He wants. The woman in fact trembled when she realized Jesus had caught her in the act of seeking help. But Jesus blesses her: “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” And later, He blesses Jairus and his family.
That’s all it takes. Just a touch.
I need the faith to approach Jesus and ask for help, for spiritual healing. In my life. In the lives of others.
I may be astonished when he actually helps. And I do believe I need to approach him with the holy awe, not a heart that wants what it wants and demands it from God. But my bad intentions can’t stop Jesus.
His touch can heal me from my sin. And He will do it.
Leviticus 21:1-22:33, Psalm 27:7-14, Proverbs 10:13-16, Mark 5:21-43. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts.