I love the faith of Jairus, who asked Jesus to heal his daughter, and the woman with the issue of blood. They both come for healing with such reverence and belief.
I also like that Jairus was a synagogue ruler. So many of his colleagues were out to get Jesus, but this guy truly believes.
So here’s what Jairus and the woman have in common:
1. They both approached Jesus with an attitude of worship:
- When Jairus saw Jesus, “he fell at his feet.” (Mark 5: 23)
- The woman didn’t even face Jesus. She came up behind him and touched his robe. When Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” the woman “came in fear and trembling and fell down before him ….” (Mark 5: 33)
2. They both believed that Jesus could heal – and could do so with a minimum of effort:
- Jairus implored of Jesus, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her so that she may be made well and live.” (Mark 5:23)
- And the woman with the issue of blood said to herself “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” (Mark 5: 28)
3. Jesus addresses their faith and shows tender compassion:
- Jairus learns while speaking with that his daughter had died. Jesus turns to Jairus says, “Do not fear, only believe.” (vs. 36). Jairus didn’t say that he was
afraid. Jesus just took the initiative to comfort him since belief in healing is one thing, but belief in resurrection is another thing! And then Jesus proceeded to raise Jairus’ daughter from the dead.
- After he heals the woman, Jesus tenderly says, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (vs. 34)
I don’t know what else to say, but I hope that I am able to follow these examples and humbly worship Jesus with such childlike trust that He can do anything.
Dear Lord: Let me be like Jairus and the woman with the bleed. Amen.