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Two Daughters

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The Story

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Last week
The man lived among the tombs
He lived in a world of death
He lived in a culture of death
He was experiencing spiritual death by the demonic powers
Yet, Jesus did not leave him in this state of death, he did not leave him to live among the tombs.
Jesus came and resurrected the man. He redeemed him from the death that had enslaved him.
He then sent him out to testify concerning the power of the gospel, the power and mercy of Jesus is what gave this man new life.
Spiritually and symbolically he went from death to life.
Now Jesus travels back to the western side of the Sea of Galilee and Mark tells us a fascinating account of Jesus again bringing two people, two daughters, from death to life.
Sandwich
Mark weaves two stories together in our passage this morning
The story of Jairus’s daughter and the woman with the issue of blood
He begins with Jairus then moves to the story of the woman only to then return to Jairus
These two stories work together in such a way that in all reality there are not two stories, but one. They cannot be seperated but together shows us the beautiful and powerful truth of the gospel of Christ.
So first lets look at Jairus’ Plea

Social Status

Contrast
He is a ruler of the synogogue
He is a public figure, respected and honored.
He had a family, he had a home, he had servents
It would have been an act of humilation for someone like Jairus to come and bow down before Jesus, who did not have the best repuration in the Synogogues, and ask him to heal his daughter
The Text gives us Jairus’s name, while the woman is left unnamed.
The woman is an outcast,
she had no social status and no privilege
The woman had a physical disease that has left her as an outsider, she is unclean, polluted, and untouchable
If she was married at one point, the fact that she has had this issue of blood for 12 years would have driven off her husband for he could never even touch his wife, lest he becomes unclean himself.
The woman had no money, for she spent it all on doctors and physicians hoping that she could be heald.
The woman was clearly in a different
We see that Jairus comes to Jesus in public, and asks Jesus in front of everyone to heal is daughter - yet afterwords he is told to keep the healing a secret
the woman comes in secret, not wanting to be noticed - yet Jesus brings her into the open
What we find in the story is that Jesus’ love is not based upon social status. His love for all people, whether a demon possessed gentile living among the tombs, or a religious leader, or a sick outcast woman, each are deeply loved, and each fall down before Jesus in need of rescue. And Jesus, not being a respecter of persons, not over looking the woman nor the demon possessed man because of their social statusss, brings salvation to their broken state.

Jairus’ Plea

Mark 5:21–24 ESV
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.
The woman has heard that Jesus has been able to help people who are physically sick. She has faith in Jesus and knows that he can heal her sickness
Mark 5:21-
Notices that Jairus, though a ruler of the Synogogue, assumes the same posture as the demon possessed man in the previous story.
He runs to Jesus and falls down at his feet.
Etc.
Jairus, a panicked father, willing to do anything to save his little girl runs to Jesus, the one who has shown time and again that he is able to heal people from their disease. And he bows down before him and begs him to save his little girls life.
Jairus, a paniced father, willing to do anything to save his little girl runs to Jesus, the one who has shown time and again that he is able to heal people from their disease. And he bows down before him and begs him to save his little girls life.
He says, “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.”
Jairus knows! He knows that Jesus is the source of life, he knows that Jesus has the power to save his little girl, he knows that there is something special about Jesus. So he comes to him and begs him to save his little girl.
What a great example!
We get used to hearing that Jesus is the answer to this and that. To the point that culturally such a truth is often deemed as insensitive or illtimed.
Yet, as believers living among the tombs we KNOW that there is only one hope for a sick and dying soceity, and that is the hope of King Jesus!
And like Jairus came begging Jesus on behalf of his daughter, so we must run to the feet of Jesus begging him for healing on behalf of loved ones, our familes, our firends, our coworkers, our city, our soceity, our country.
We do this because we know, like Jairus knew, that hope is only found in Jesus.
So here he comes, begging Jesus to go with him on behalf of his daughter.
Jesus agree’s and goes with him.
imagine the site - Jairus pushing the crowd out of the way trying to hurry because for his daughter, death is at the door.
This is priority number one for Jairus - Get Jesus to his daughter!
Mark 5:
Mark 5:24 ESV
24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.
This crowd must have been very frustrating for Jairus as his heart is racing to get Jesus back to his house. The crowd is doing nothing but slowing things down.
Now the intensity of this scene should not be overlooked.
The desperate state of Jairus
The need to get Jesus to his daughter
And the crowd being an obstacle slowing things down.
And then something happens…
Some woman reaches out and touches Jesus’ garment and everything changes.
Jesus is distracted, asking the question, “who touched me?”
Mark 5:30–31 ESV
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?’ ”
Mark 5:
Clearly his disciples think Jesus is acting weird. They said, Jesus, “you see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’”
This would be like a rugby player from the bottom of the scrum asking, “who touched me?”
Jesus stops and looks around to see who it was that touched him
And then this woman comes forward
Mark 5:33 ESV
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.
Mark 5:
She is terrified about what might happen - but she tells him the whole truth.
Could you imagine Jairus’ anxiety at this point. Already in a hurry and frustrated by the crowd, and now Jesus stops to talk to some woman who touched him.
So who was this woman? - we get some background on this woman in verses 25-29
Mark 5:25–29 ESV
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.
Mark 5:25-

The Woman

We don’t know the womans name, we don’t know
She is known for having an issue of blood for 12 years
For twelves years this poor woman has suffered. She has suffered physically, she has suffered socially, and she has suffered financially.
Physically she has been suffered from this disease. The constent flow of blood would cause her to be weak, never at full strenth. It would have affected her ability to work, to serve and to operate at her full potential.
Financially this woman has spent her last dollar on docters and physicians. Yet, to not avil, her condition only worsened.
Socially she was an outcast,
Unable to be healed by doctors
she was ritually unclean which mean that she was not able to come to the temple,
she was not able to worship God with her community,
she was not able to touch anyone lest they too become unclean.
Unable to be part of the feasts of the people of God - passover, feast of booths etc.
Like not being able to celebrate your birthday, or Christmas, or Easter.
Ceremonially speaking, she was considered dead.
To be unclean is to be cerimonally dead.
And the only way to be alive is to be cleansed and healed. So for twelve years she was treated as a walking dead woman.
We will not spend time on the details this morning, but for more information concerning the flow of blood and its implacations you can read
So this woman who has lived such a pain filled life for twelve years has heard about this Jesus. She has heard the reports about what he had done -
she perhaps herd about how Jesus touched the leper and was not defiled himself, but rather he cleansed or healed the leper.
Mark 5:27–28 ESV
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.”
Mark 5:27–29 ESV
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.
Mark 5:27-29
Based of these reports she decided to sneak up behind Jesus reach out her hand and touch his garments.
So she sneeks up behind Jesus reaches out her hand and touches his garments.
She doesn’t want to make this a public ordeal,
She thinks that all she has to do is reach out her hand and touch his garments she would be healed.
Now, clearly this woman has not read the Prophets, in particular she has not read Haggai - for Haggai makes it clear that holiness does not spread, healing does not spread, only uncleaness spreads.
God told Haggai to ask the Priests this question:
Haggai 2:12–13 ESV
12 ‘If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment and touches with his fold bread or stew or wine or oil or any kind of food, does it become holy?’ ” The priests answered and said, “No.” 13 Then Haggai said, “If someone who is unclean by contact with a dead body touches any of these, does it become unclean?” The priests answered and said, “It does become unclean.”
Haggai 2:12-
So this woman has a false understanding of the law and how the laws of holiness work… Or does she?
Mark tells us that she had heard reports about Jesus. Now, if these reports were what Mark has recorded for us we see that Jesus from top to bottom has been flipping world upside down.
He forgives sins, he touches lepors, he controls the winds and the waves, he heals this sick and the lame, he claims to be Lord of the Sabbath, he even casts out unclean spirits.
Clearly Jesus’ power trandscends the law - So she, by faith, reaches out to touch his garments, trusting that she will be made well and that she won’t defile Jesus.
So she stretches out her hand and
Mark 5:29 ESV
29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
Mark 5:21 ESV
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.
And it was at this point that Jesus stopped, and asked who touched him.
Mark 5:30–33 ESV
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.
Mark 5:30–31 ESV
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?’ ”
Notice the woman assums the same posture that we have seen in the last few stories.
Mark 5:33 ESV
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.
The waves fall down before Jesus
The demon possessed man fell down before Jesus
Jairus fell down before Jesus
And now the woman comes and falls down before Jesus
Cultrally speaking Jesus had every right to curse the woman and send her away. He could have had her arrested, he could have humilated her, this unclean woman bringing her defilement to the feet of Jesus and actually touching him - the nerve.
Yet, how does Jesus respond?
Mark 5:34 ESV
34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
He calls her “Daughter” He dosn’t call her woman, he dosn’t call her outcast - to the contrary, he calls her daughter.
Unable to draw near to God
Like not being able to celebrate your birthday, or Christmas, or Easter.
Called a daughter
You see, there is a power truth here.
When we bring our brokenness, our sin, our defilement to the feet of Jesus and reach out to him, he not only heals us, but he adopts us into his family. And he calls you son and daughter.
After telling her that her faith has made her well, or as we should understand it her faith was the conduit in which Jesus heals her
After telling her that her faith has made her well, or as we should understand it her faith was the conduit in which Jesus heals her
He sends her off with peace (shalom) and healing.
He sends her out with a covenantal benediction.
Peace and healing are only found in one place
We are a people who need peace, and we are a people in need of healing.
Turning on the news or checking social media we see that people are looking for peace and healing all over the place
The racial tensions and division in our country need peace and healing
There are relationships that you have that are in need of healing
There are situations in your life that need peace
And though we may look for peace and healing in all sorts of places, ultimatly they are ONLY found in Christ Jesus.
It is at the cross where Christ heals us, it is at the cross where christ gives us peace
Isaiah 53:5 ESV
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
Is 53
Jesus sends this woman out with the covenantal benediction of Peace and Healing, and my friends, we must live our lives proclaiming this king who offers peace and healing to a chaotic and hurting world.
TRANSITION:
And as Jesus was still talking to the woman some people came to Jairus with bad news....
Mark 5:35 ESV
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?”
Mark 5:35

Jairus’ Daughter

As Jesus heals and blesses this woman, Jairus’s daughter dies.
As Jesus heals and blesses this woman, Jairus’s daughter dies.
Why did Jesus ignore Jairus to save the woman? Can you imagine Jairus’ feelings right now. He came to Jesus first, and he begged him to come heal his little girl, Jesus knew that this little girl was near death - yet he stops to help this woman who could have waited.
Jairus is concerned about his daughter while Jesus is concerned about his daughter
ER example
Bring you child to the doctor because she is violently sick
While your child is dying the doctor says i’ll be there in a few min.
And the doctor helps another girl with a runny nose.
He takes his time with this other child who also sneezes a few times...
and while you’re waiting for the doctor your daughter dies.
How would you feel? this is how Jairus would have felt.
Does it ever seem like Jesus is running late?
not worried about the things that are really upsetting to you?
Patient faith brings us to maturity.
At this point anger, greif and frustrations would be overcoming Jairus… Yet, Jesus over hears the new of what happend to Jairus’ daughter
Mark 5:36–37 ESV
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.
mark 5:
Jesus tell’s Jairus not to fear, but to believe.
Jesus then goes to Jairus’ house leaving the crowd behind
Mark 5:38–40 ESV
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.
Mark 5:38-
Something that often happened when there was a death in the family is that there would be professional mourners who would come in and weep aloud for the dead. This would be like a modern day funeral procession. The mourners would weep and cry in honor of the dead in such a way that everyone around knew what had just happened.
So Jesus walks into the house and asked these professional mourners why they are making a commotion - for the child is not dead but sleeping - and they respond by laughing at him.
When Jesus says the girl is sleeping he is not trying to say that she is still alive. To sleep was another way of expressing that the child was indeed dead. Yet, Jesus is about to wake her up as if she were sleeping.
The story of Lazarus helps us understand what Jesus meant when he says the little girl is asleep.
John 11:11–13 ESV
11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.
John 11:
Now, as Jesus went to wake up Lazarus he goes to wake up the little girl
Mark 5:40 ESV
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.
Mark 5:40
Jesus walks into the room where the little girl’s body was laying.
This next verse is one of the sweetest verses in the bible.
Jesus, who is the source of all power, of all might, He is the creator of all things. Before him demons shutter and at his sight kings fall down in fear. When this Jesus comes back he is coming back with fire in his eyes and he will pour our the wrath of God on all ungodliness. There is nothing that will be able to stand when Jesus comes to judge the living and the dead.
This same Jesus, this same powerful God, the creator of all things steps into the room and looks at the girl and with all love, gentleness, and sensitivity takes her by the hand and says, “Talitha cumi”
Mark 5:41 ESV
41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”
Mark here preserves the original Aramaic language to show the beauty of this statement.
This term, “Talitha cumi” is the most intimate term a father can use toward his daughter.
For us it would be like saying, “sweetheart, its time to get up”
So Jesus takes her by the hand and says to her, “sweetheart, its time to get up”
Mark 5:42 ESV
42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.
Mark 5:42
Jairus and his wife, along with Peter, James, and John, were all overcome with amazement.
Jesus walks into the room and touches this dead girl, and again, instead of Jesus becoming unclean life flows from Jesus to the dead girl.
Consider the rollercoaster Jairus has been on the last hour or so.
He came to Jesus looking for a healing, but what he got was a resurrection!
He went from hope, to despair to amazement
Hope that Jesus might heal his daughter
Despair when he found out she had died
And amazement when Jesus come in and raises her from the dead!
Jairus came to Jesus looking for a healing, but what he got was a resurrection!
The woman with the issue of blood came to Jesus looking for healing and got peace and healing.
And my friends, when we come to Jesus we don’t only get peace and healing, but we also get a resurrection!
And these two stories show us this reality.
These two stories are so powerful because they work together by both complement and contrast.
Complement
Both the woman and the little girl are called “daughter”
Both the woman and the little girl are ceremonially unclean
Both the woman and the little girl are made clean by Jesus’ touch
The woman had an issue of blood for 12 years, and the little girl was 12 years old
This number 12 also ties this story to the history of Israel with the 12 tribes
Both the woman and the little girl are healed by Jesus
Contrast
Jairus is a Man of status (wealth and privilege) -
He is a ruler of the synogogue
He is a public figure, respected and honored.
He had a family, he had a home, he had servents
It would have been an act of humilation for someone like Jairus to come and bow down before Jesus, who did not have the best repuration in the Synogogues, and ask him to heal his daughter
The Text gives us Jairus’s name, while the woman is left unnamed.
The woman is an outcast,
she had no social status and no privilege
The woman had a physical disease that has left her as an outsider, she is unclean, polluted, and untouchable
If she was married at one point, the fact that she has had this issue of blood for 12 years would have driven off her husband for he could never even touch his wife, lest he becomes unclean himself.
The woman had no money, for she spent it all on doctors and physicians hoping that she could be heald.
She had no one to speak for her as Jairus spoke for his daughter
We see that Jairus comes to Jesus in public, and asks Jesus in front of everyone to heal is daughter - yet afterwords he is told to keep the healing a secret
the woman comes in secret, not wanting to be noticed - yet Jesus brings her into the open
What we find in the story is that Jesus’ love is not based upon social status. His love for all people, whether a demon possessed gentile living among the tombs, or a religious leader, or a sick outcast woman, each are deeply loved, and each fall down before Jesus in need of rescue. And Jesus, not being a respecter of persons, not over looking the woman, brings salvation to their broken state. This story demonstrates God’s love for his people.
This is a powerful expression of God’s love for his people
There is one more aspect of this story I want to show you… After the resurrection of the little girl Jesus gives the mom and dad some instruction
And now after this resurrection, Jesus gives them some instruction
Mark 5:43 ESV
43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

The Christian’s Hope

He told them not to tell anyone because of the persecution that would come. And his time had not yet come for him to suffer and die.
And notice what he says concerning the little girl.
He does not tell them to consider the transcendence of the almighty
He does not tell them to consider the the laws of nature and the reality of this resurrection.
He does not give them a sermon on how he has fulfilled the law
What does he say?
Give her something to eat!
Why does he say this?
I think for a number of reasons
the first, because she was probably hungry.
It seems that often when people are raised from the dead they are raised hungry.
second, because eating always follows resurrection!
Isaiah 25:6–9 ESV
6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. 7 And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9 It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
Isa 25
Jesus has come and by these actions of touching the a leper, or a woman who is bleeding, or a dead little girl, by doing this Jesus is swallowing up death and giving his people life.
Jesus is showing us in this woman and in this little girl what he will do for everyone on that final day. he is showing how on the cross he will swallow up death and how in the second coming he will wipe the tears of his children away and resurrect them to new life, and how after this resurrection we will feast with Jesus.
We will feast on rich food and well aged wine.
He is telling the parents to feed the little girl because thats what we do after resurrection, we feast!
The true circle of life
12 years old
Dead
Called a daughter
Represents Israel as being spiritually unclean or spiritually dea
Mark for Everyone The Raising of Jairus’s Daughter (Mark 5:35–43)

But part of the point of the gospel story, and of this whole section of Mark, is precisely that the life-giving power of God is breaking into, and working through, the ordinary details of life.

Born -> Die ->Raise - >Feast
And thats why we come to the table each week, to feast on Christ, who was resurrected from the grave. And we do this with the anticipation of the final feast, and the final resurrection.
Lets pray.
Under the law death spreads, but holiness does not spread.
Haggai 2
Under the law Jesus would be unclean if the woman touched him
But Jesus transcends the law
She heard what Jesus had done, how he touched the leper?
- healing in his wings, the garments of the priests had wings.
She touches the garments of Jesus secretly
She is healed for free, and she is healed right away.
“who touched me?”
Like a running back asking who touched me when he was in the middle of pile
She admits to what she had done.
could be in big trouble
How does Jesus respond?
He calls her daughter
He healed her, he saved her.
It was her faith that was the intrument that received Jesus’ healing.
She is sent out with peace shalom.
What do we learn from this woman?
its not enough to be part of the crowd who follows Jesus, but you have to lay hold of Jesus by faith.
As Jesus heals and blesses this woman, Jairus’s daughter dies.
Why did Jesus ignore Jairus to save the woman?
Jairus is concerned about his daughter while Jesus is concerned about his daughter
ER example
Bring you child to the doctor because she is violently sick
While your child is dying the doctor says i’ll be there in a few min.
And the doctor helps another girl with a runny nose.
He takes his time with this other child who also sneezes a few times...
and while you’re waiting for the doctor your daughter dies.
How would you feel? this is how Jairus would have felt.
Does it ever seem like Jesus is running late?
not worried about the things that are really upsetting to you?
Patient faith brings us to maturity.
Who was more important in this story?
Jesus makes this man, church leader, important, high ranking man wait.
Jesus takes the value system of the world and flips it upside down.
Jesus goes to Jairus’ house
He says don’t worry, this child is only sleeping
They laugh at him
because they are professional mourners
Talitha cumi - “sweetheart, get up”
Mark preserves this Aramaic because it is the most intimate language
Jesus goes into the room and touches the girl, and the life flows out of Jesus and bring life to death.
Eating follows resurrection!!
Death -> Resurrection - > Feasting
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