21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat. Mark 5:21-43

And what of Jairus, the synagogue ruler? What a jumble of emotions must have surged through him in one day! His was such an urgent mission and yet Jesus was in no hurry. Jesus was willing to be interrupted to meet a woman’s chronic need. Impatience, frustration, indignation, annoyance, anguish, anxiety, fears; all these emotions together created a knot in Jairus’ stomach. He was terrified of hearing the news that his little girl was gone. When it came, he must have felt anger, despair, hopelessness, blaming the wretched woman for the delay that cost the child’s life.

Once again Jesus was gentle, reassuring, calm, unfazed by the crisis, applying His yoke of compassion and hope in a desperate situation. Always in control, He moved purposefully towards Jairus’ home, knowing exactly what He would do. He wore the talith, the symbol of the presence of God; the same talith that the sick woman had touched and received her healing.

It was always Jesus in the centre of the need and source of the supply. And today it is no different. It is the same Jesus and the same Holy Spirit who is the source of all the grace and mercy we cry for in our need.

Jairus learned that day that Jesus is never too late. He always has time for everyone. He gives His personal attention to everyone who calls out to Him. He is the talith – God’s name, God’s nature, God’s word, God’s power and God’s presence, and we are honoured to “wear” Him. We are clothed with Christ and enveloped in everything that He is. No situation is out of the reach of His power and goodness.

Did Jairus learn his lesson well? Did he ever forget what Jesus did that day? Scripture does not record the outcome of his encounter with Jesus but, like the restored woman, perhaps he finally came to realise who this miracle worker really was. Every time he looked at his child, growing up to womanhood instead of decaying in a grave, because of Jesus, he believed, he rejoiced and he worshipped with gratitude and love.

These events are the culmination of a story that began twelve years before, bringing together two unconnected people in a drama that was designed to reveal the glory of God’s Messiah.

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Luella Campbell

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