Jairus Pleads with Jesus to Heal
his Daughter (5:21-24)
A Woman Healed from Bleeding
She suffered for 12 years (25-26)
She touches Jesus’ cloak (27-29)
Jesus feels power gone out from
Woman tells the truth (33-34)
Jesus Raises Jairus’ Daughter
from the Dead (5:35-43)
Men bring news that the girl is
Jesus goes to Jairus’ home
People laugh at Jesus (39-40)
“Talitha cumi!” (41-43)
Fell at His feet, pleaded, crowd,
power, touched, believe, dead, asleep, laughed, follow
1a. 1. Jairus’ daughter was too sick to come to
Jesus, so he begged Jesus to go to her. The woman had faith in Jesus, and took action on her own.
Both were certain that Jesus could help (“she may be healed, and she will live”
, “I shall be made well” ).
They both worked their way through the crowd to be near Jesus.
Jairus fell before Jesus publicly, while the woman came up behind Jesus in
Jairus specifically asked Jesus to lay hands on his daughter, which implies
some assumptions on his part (“you should lay hands on someone in order to heal
her”). On the other hand, the woman’s faith was so strong that she believed she
would be healed simply by touching Jesus’ cloak. Jesus Himself is the source of
power; how He heals is of secondary importance.
3. It shows us how Jesus managed
His pace in spite of His hectic life. With so many people around Him, with
overlapping requests, Jesus still took the time to talk to those who put their
faith in Him.
1. People respected Jairus, but he
did not abuse his authority like the scribes did. Also, he was not ashamed to
plead for help. The apostles set an example of humility, even though they were
in a position of power. They did not pretend to know everything, but did their
best to pass on their experience and understanding of God (1Cor 15:9; 2Pet
3:15-16). They also were not ashamed to admit their weakness (2Cor 12:7-8).
2. Like the other times, the crowd
was probably there mostly to see and experience miracles. Because Jairus came
to Jesus publicly, they followed Jesus to see what would happen.
3. The woman must have thought she
would be hidden in the crowd; she thought she could be healed without anyone
knowing about it. Perhaps she was tired from twelve years of suffering at the
hands of many doctors. She had used up all her resources, yet her illness had
worsened. Perhaps she did not want to bother Jesus, who was on His way to heal
4. Even though Jesus had unlimited
power, He was limited in the body of a man. It was not effortless for Him to
heal someone or to cast out demons. That is why he needed to rest physically
Our Lord Jesus paid a price to
save us. Every time we ask Him for forgiveness, His blood washes away our sins.
When He suffered and died on the cross for our sins, His sacrifice covered up
all of our sins (Heb 13:12; 10:12). Imagine how draining that must have been.
5. It seemed to them that Jesus
had asked a silly question. The disciples often assumed they knew the answer,
when they could not have been more off base (Mt 16:5-8; Jn 4:31-34). There was
a reason and purpose to every word Jesus spoke. He uses our life experiences to
teach us. The teaching might not be obvious at first, but we must take the
effort to find out. After all, Jesus always takes the time to find out about
6. Jesus always takes the time to
find out who we are and what we need. He made the woman come forward so that He
could comfort her and strengthen her faith (34). Jesus shows everyone His
personal attention. Today, He personally listens to our prayers. He also gives
us His Holy Spirit to pray for exactly what we need (Rom 8:26-27; 1Cor 14:2).
7. It is human reaction to be
afraid when your secret is exposed. Perhaps she was afraid that Jesus would
rebuke her for touching Him. To her credit, once she realized that Jesus knew
the truth, she came forth and confessed everything (Mk 5:33; Lk 8:47). This was
her chance to speak with the Lord. Because Jesus helped her overcome her shame,
she became a wonderful living testimony for God.
8. That one word must have removed
the fear from the woman. Jesus is our “Everlasting Father” (Isa 9:6). He loves
us even when we become like the prodigal son (Lk 15:20-24). Jesus even likened
his love to that of a mother hen (Mt 23:37).
9. He must have been anxious. His
daughter was not just seriously ill. She was “at the point of death” (23). It
would not have been surprising if Jairus became upset at the woman for
detaining Jesus, or perhaps even at Jesus for stopping to talk to the woman.
However, the Bible doesn’t tell us that Jairus ever became upset. After he
asked Jesus to come help his daughter, he remained quiet for the rest of the
10. Like Martha, the men from Jairus’ house thought that God’s power is
somehow limited by time. To them, there is such a thing as “too late,” even for
God. The men and Martha both believed that it was required for Jesus to get
there soon because there was nothing one could do once a person has died. The
men also assumed that, now that the girl was dead, it was pointless for Jesus
The people in the house let their
emotions overcome them. They wept and wailed, even when Jesus had arrived. They
then laughed at Jesus because they thought He was out of his mind. Unlike
Jairus, they did not believe in Jesus, so Jesus did not let them witness the
11. Perhaps Jairus had a moment of doubt, afraid that it was too late
(that might be why Jesus told him not to be afraid). Like before, he let Jesus
do the talking. He just followed Jesus quietly and obeyed what Jesus said.
12. Afraid of death; afraid that it was too late; afraid that Jesus
could do nothing for his daughter.
Believe in Jesus; believe what
he’s believed all along, that “she may be healed, and she will live” (23).
Note that Jesus spoke those words
to Jairus (and not to the men from his house). With a few words, Jesus
strengthened Jairus. If we maintain our simple faith, the faith that we
originally had when we decided to follow Christ, then we will never be afraid
of storm, death, or anything else.
13. The Bible teaches us that the death of our physical body is not
final. In the New Testament, death is often referred to as “sleep” (cf. Acts
7:60; 1Cor 11:30). Jesus has triumphed over death. When we believe in Him,
death no longer frightens us (1Cor 15:55).
Furthermore, Jesus promises that
we shall be resurrected in a spiritual body (1Cor 15:22, 43-44). In the last
days, some will not even go through death, but will be transformed in a flash
(1Cor 15:51-54). All will be raised from the dead to be judged (Rev 20:12-13).
Since we will all wake up again, death on earth is like sleep.
14. Jesus initially let the crowd follow Him when He went with Jairus
(24). Because people crowded around Him, they heard the woman’s testimony.
Jesus used that opportunity to teach them about the power of faith (34). The
crowd had already learned an important lesson through the woman. If they also
had the faith of the woman, they too could be healed by touching Jesus’ cloak.
However, when He heard that the
girl had died, Jesus did not let the crowd follow Him anymore. Those who were
inside the house were only making the situation worse with their crying and
wailing. They cried because they did not understand. They then laughed at Jesus
because they did not understand. That was why Jesus had to put out everyone who
had been inside Jairus’ house. Only a select few were allowed to witness the
15a. Jairus asked Jesus to lay
hands on his daughter. Laying of hands was the expected way to pray for healing
and blessing. But Jesus did more than what Jairus had asked for. He took the
dead girl’s hand and lovingly called her “talitha” (cf. Did You Know 4). Not
only was the girl brought back from death, immediately she was strong enough to
stand up and walk around. We ask God for help according to the best of our
understanding, but God often answers with much more. Jesus reminded them to
give the girl something to eat, which shows us how Jesus does not overlook even
the little details of our lives.
15c. We can pray to God for
anything. Nothing is too great for Him, and nothing is too insignificant to
him. We pray to God not only for Him to raise the dead or to heal someone’s
cancer or to find a job. It can be a simple matter of starting our car, finding
our luggage at the airport, or even swatting a fly. God listens to every
prayer, and He answers according to our faith and our individual needs.