Mark chapter five is a continuation of displaying the power and authority of our Almighty God Jesus Christ over all things. At the end of chapter four Jesus Christ displayed His glorious power before His disciples when He made the wind to cease and calmed the boisterous waves that were threatening to capsize the boat that Jesus and His disciples were in.
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 The He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:35-41
Since Christ Jesus is the Creator, He has all power over all creation. Christ’s supreme power is again revealed through the ensuing verses that are in Mark chapter five. In this chapter He rebukes the legion of demons that have possessed a poor man, driving him mad. When the man is delivered from this evil demonic possession he wants to follow Jesus, but Jesus urges him to tell all of his friends what great things the Lord had done for him, and he obliged so that all who heard marveled. In the remainder of the chapter the glorious power of Jesus Christ is revealed as He heals a woman with a terminal illness and then brings the dead twelve year old daughter of Jairus, a synagogue ruler, back to life. I want to focus on the poignant story of the sick woman being healed because in this account we can see a demonstration of faith in Jesus that brought about her restoration of health. Please keep in mind that we know nothing about the detailed history of this woman, and yet her faith in Jesus Christ, that He is God, and willing to bless, save, and answer prayer, led to her healing. Notice also that we know quite a bit of the history of the disciples, and yet when they were faced with a dangerous situation they responded in fear, not knowing that Jesus Christ, God the Son of God, would not let any harm come to them.
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. Mark 5:22-24
Jairus, this synagogue ruler, had complete confidence that Jesus Christ could heal his little girl. Also note that the multitude that followed Jesus thronged Him. What does that mean? Think about a crowd of people in close proximity to one another who can’t help but to come into physical contact with one another. The multitude was physically close to Jesus as He made His way to the home of Jairus. Jesus’ willingness to go with Jairus to heal his daughter encourages my heart that I can pray for my loved ones, and my Savior hears and goes with me as I cry out to Him for them, and He is exceedingly willing to answer my prayers for my loved ones. What a glorious, all powerful, compassionate Lord and Savior we serve. As Jesus continued with Jairus something happened that got His attention.
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 not 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.” Mark 5:25-28
This poor woman was seeking help and relief from her malady, but the doctors were of no avail to her, for she lost her meager savings, and became more ill. Most likely she suffered the flow of blood from her reproductive organs so not only was she sick, but she was also, according to the law, unclean, much as the leper whom Jesus healed and cleansed in Galilee. Perhaps this woman knew about this extraordinary miracle, and because of Christ’s willingness to cleanse the leper, she believed that He not only had the power to heal her, but was also willing to heal her. Let’s look at that passage about the leper from Mark chapter one.
39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons. 40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” 41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” 42 As soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. Mark 1:39-41
Since Jesus Christ was in that same region again it is not vain speculation to surmise the woman had heard about this loving display of Christ’s power and compassion. And so she reached out with faith in Jesus Christ, and touched His garment and was immediately healed. However, she couldn’t exercise her faith in the Savior and be healed without Jesus knowing right away what had happened.
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. Mark 5:29-33
This occurrence in our Lord’s earthly ministry is recorded in Matthew (9:20-22), Mark, and Luke (8:43-48). This woman expected nothing but rebuke, but she faithfully told the Lord Jesus Christ what had happened to her and why she had touched His garment, and how she had been healed. This passage is important because it displays not only Christ’s gracious response to our importune pleadings, but His power to answer our cries for help. What was His response to this poor woman once she confessed all to Him?
34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:34
Jesus gave her a threefold benediction. First, He called her His daughter, what sweeter words can we ever hear from our Savior’s lips than that we belong to Him! Since Jesus isn’t physically with us to give us this blessing, we have the Holy Spirit sent from God the Father who gives testimony to our spirits that we are the children of God.
16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, 17 and if children, the heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:16-17
Next, Jesus sanctioned her act of reaching out to Him for healing because she did it in faith. She believed what she had heard about Jesus and was sure that He could heal her! When any sinner hears the gospel of our salvation, repents and believes in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that sinner is born from above and is no longer dead in trespasses and sins but is born again to a living hope by the resurrection of Christ Jesus from the dead.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5
Finally, Jesus confirmed to this dear woman the healing that she had received and guaranteed that she was healed from that affliction. Throughout all time all of mankind has been diseased with the affliction of sin. Jesus Christ, our glorious Lord and Savior, did all so that any who believe in the gospel message can be sure their sins are forgiven and they are present recipients of eternal life through the grace given to us in the gospel, that Jesus Christ died upon the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead, that whosoever should repent and believe that He did this for them personally is saved from sin and its terrible consequences which is eternal damnation in the lake of fire because of God’s just indignation and wrath against sinners. Jesus Christ then guarantees the present reality of salvation from sin and God’s just judgment through the Holy Spirit Whom He gives to all who obey the gospel.
21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
If any sinner has believed in and trusted the Savior, turning from sin to Him, know that your sins are forgiven, you have eternal life, and you have the wonderful all-powerful resource of the Holy Spirit residing in you Who will give you new and godly desires. He will lead you to the well of refreshment which is the Word of God, the Bible, the Holy, inspired, infallible, inerrant, preserved Word of God. As you grow He will give you opportunity to share the gospel with others. Don’t be afraid, just obey God and trust Him for the increase.
These verses from Mark chapter five serve as a reminder to believers that we serve Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior, Who is compassionate and all-powerful. He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Share His Word with trust in His power to work mighty works. Let us remember Who Christ is, emulate the powerful testimony of this dear woman and reject the fear that kept Christ’s disciples from exercising their faith in Him.
This passage also reminds Christ’s dearly beloved children that we can come to Him with any and all prayer requests that are according to His will, (we have to know the Bible to understand what His will is) and be expectant that He does hear and will answer, even prayers for healing and/or provision.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Lord Jesus Christ may we be faithful to share Your powerful gospel with all that you bring our way, and may we see Your work done for Your glory in this sin cursed world, that is no different than when You walked this earth and commissioned Your apostles to share the message that turned the world upside down. May we daily come to You with our requests and know that You hear, will answer and do provide. Amen! May it be so Lord Jesus.