The Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity
October 24, 2021
Mark 5:21-24 and 35-43 (NIV) “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 rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet 23 and 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. ….
35 … some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?" 36 Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "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 ruler, 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 walked 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 weaves two miracles into this chapter, both showing Jesus’ power. One miracle is healing a twelve-year-old girl who has died, and bringing her back to life.
A leader of a synagogue came to Jesus with the plea "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live." His faith is shown in his words.
So Jesus went with him surrounded by a large crowd. “While Jesus was still speaking [to the woman he had healed] some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler" to tell him his daughter had died. But Jesus ignored them and said "Don't be afraid; just believe."
He took three of his disciples and the girl’s parents with him and then told the girl to “get up!". And “Immediately the girl stood up and walked around.”
The people who had laughed at Jesus “were completely astonished.”
Because the time had not yet come for him to be betrayed to the leaders of the Jews and die, he warned people not to let anyone know about this miracle. But this miracle is recorded for us to see the great power of Jesus, not only over diseases, but in giving life. On the last day God will raise up all the dead and give unto all believers eternal life, just as we confess in the creed. Here we see a taste of that resurrection.
(Next week we celebrate the Reformation. The following week we will write about the other miracle in this chapter.)
Let Thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions, make them to ask such things as shall please Thee. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord.