In Mark 5, we find two stories that may be familiar to some. The first is the healing of the woman with the issue of blood. The second, which immediately follows, is the healing of Jairus’ daughter. Both stories happen together, intertwined in an intriguing and nail-biting narrative.
Jairus, described as a ruler of the synagogue (in other words, an important guy), comes to beg Jesus to heal his daughter. As He is on His way, a woman, a desperate, sick, hopeless woman, notices Jesus. We can almost see her in our minds. Being pressed and pushed by the crowd, barely walking from the constant pain of her illness, almost on her hands and knees, manages to garner enough strength to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. At once, Jesus realizes that someone touched His garment.
And while He stops to determine who and what, a messenger comes rushing back from Jairus’ house: “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further” (Mark 5:35).
I wonder how Jairus felt at that moment. I know how I would have felt. I would have felt angry with the woman who so carelessly interrupted Jesus from His mission to go heal my daughter. I would have felt disappointed with Jesus that He allowed this interruption to stop Him from His main purpose. And I would have been personally heartbroken that there was nothing that could be done and that my faith in Jesus did nothing for me. How foolish of me to think that Jesus could do something. And now Jairus, an important ruler, is left looking a bit ridiculous and a lot disappointed.
But before anyone had the chance to say anything, Jesus, overhearing what they said, with the calm certainty that can only be exuded by the Son of God, states, “Do not fear. Only believe,” Mark 5:36.
I know in my own life there are times when I have given up. I have assumed that it’s too late, that there is nothing more that God can do. I have thrown in the towel, disappointed that God didn’t show up on time. And yet it is never too late for God to work a miracle. There is always hope. There is always a chance that things can change. With God, all things are possible.
So whatever situation you are facing, you may be tempted to give up hope, to let go of God and assume that there is nothing more than can be done. For you, may the words of Christ ring as true for you as they did for Jairus, “Do not fear, only believe.”
Posted on Thu, September 3, 2015
by Sam Petitfils