Mark 5:21-43 Healing And Life.
After giving the formerly demon possessed man a mission to his countrymen, Jesus and his disciples got back in the boat and headed back across the sea, and again the crowds gathered (v. 21). Immediately there came forward a man named Jairus, one of the rulers of the synagogue, whose daughter was at the point of death (vv. 22-23). This was one of the rare instances of one among the Jewish religious leadership who confessed his need for Jesus to help him. The crowd went with Jesus to Jairus’ place (v. 24). As they journeyed, a woman, who had a constant flow of blood, and had spent all she had on physicians to get help, was only made worse and was at her end, but in faith she still believed that in simply touching Jesus’ garment she might be healed (vv. 25-28).
Immediately, upon touching Jesus’ garment, she felt that she was healed (v. 29). At the same time, Jesus also felt power leave his own body, and so he asked, “Who touched My clothes?” (v. 30). The crowd didn’t understand that Jesus felt what had happened (v. 31). Humbly the woman came forward, fell down before Jesus, and confessed to him the whole truth (vv. 32-33). To her confession Jesus spoke a word of confirmation, that because she had faith she would be at peace and be healed of her affliction (v. 34). As it turned out, the faith and healing of this woman might serve as an inspiration to Jairus to continue to believe, even though messengers had come to inform him that his daughter was dead (v. 35). Jesus had healed many, but he had not brought anyone back from the dead.
Jesus told Jairus that he need not be afraid but only believe, even as the woman had believed (v. 36). Perhaps given the changed circumstances, Jesus took only Peter, James, and John with him to the house of the ruler of the synagogue (v. 37), and there was already a crowd of mourners weeping and wailing loudly (v. 38). In the midst of this activity, Jesus declared that the child was only sleeping, that is temporarily dead (v. 39). The crowd ridiculed Jesus, but ultimately it is the power over death which people needed to understand Jesus had. Putting all outside, he took father and mother, and those with him, and entered where the child was and taking her by the hand he told her to arise (vv. 40-41). The girl arose, and Jesus said she should be given something to eat (vv. 42-43).
It surely strikes one as odd that Jesus would tell those present not to make known what happened until a later date. What would all those mourners think when they saw the girl living, walking, and eating like nothing happened? Would they think that she really wasn’t dead, and that Jesus had only healed her as he had others? To raise someone from the dead was the crossing of a line which had not been crossed before. If power went out from Jesus with the healing of the woman with a flow of blood, how much power would it take to raise one from the dead? Death, though it comes upon all, is still an aberration. Death came because of sin, a breaking of the covenant relationship with God. Something more would be required for a final victory to come over death.