As Jesus journeyed to help a life and death situation, He was interrupted by a smaller problem and yet was able to address both of them. Regardless of the size of our circumstances, Jesus is willing and able to come to our aid.
21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “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.” 24 And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling 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 disease.”
35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
The Urgent (Mark 5:21-24)
- Jesus’ reputation was growing so much that even some of his opponents sought Him in desperation.
- Devastating crises are often needed for us to submit ourselves before Jesus.
- Jesus is eager to respond to humble pleas for help.
The Inconvenient (Mark 5:25-34)
- Even when our situation isn’t as dire as another’s, years of suffering can make it feel that way.
- The proper direction of your faith is more important at first than the full development of it.
- If your view of God is not of a caring Father who shows deep concern for your needs, you have mistaken His identity.
The Undeterred (Mark 5:35-43)
- God has never been late.
- Jesus will not be deterred by anyone’s status, gender, race, or social standing.
- Jesus is able to conquer demons (5:1-20), disease (5:21-34), and even death (5:35-43).
- Jesus is available to save men (5:1-20), women (5:21-34), and even children (5:35-43).
- Our only hope to be clean before God is because Jesus takes our uncleanness upon Himself.
- Regardless of how severe your situation is, Jesus is willing and able to handle both the urgent and inconvenient.
What do you humbly need to bring before Jesus today?
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.