“Two Miracles – The People Know His Name”
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they •were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books which •were written. John 21:25 (NASB)
- FIRST MIRACLE IN OUR TEXT TODAY IS REALLY THE SECOND MIRACLE. Mark 5:22-24
A few years ago the Princeton Research Center found that 82 percent of people interviewed believed in miracles.
Our story starts here as, we see Jairus one of the rulers of the synagogue Jairus walking up to Jesus and falling at His feet in verse 22. That could be a miracle in itself.
Three things about Jairus that we need to look at this morning.
FIRST: He believed that Jesus could heal his daughter.
SECOND: He believed and possibly had observed many of the miracles that Jesus had performed.
THIRD: Even though he was one of the rulers of the Synagogue, he was humble.
28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
- JESUS HEALS A WOMEN BY HER JUST TOUCHING HIS GARMENT.
I don't need my name in lights - I'm famous in my Father's eyes – Make no mistake He knows my name - I'm not living for applause - I'm already so adored - It's all His stage He knows my name. And he does.
This woman in this story was untouchable and unclean because of the issue she had with blood.
John McArthur pointed this out: As she touched His clothes in verse 27 it was nothing more than simple but profound faith.
Most Bible scholars speculate the woman in verse 27 touched Jesus prayer shawl.
What is a prayer shawl?
- The Tallit is the Jewish prayer shawl, the most authentic Jewish garment used during prayer.
- It reminds the wearer of both God's Covenant and His Commandments that a believer must follow.
- It is symbolic of respect, piety and reverence for God.
In verse 28 she had enough faith that if she could just touch his clothes she would be healed.
Since Jesus is all-knowing He knew who it was that touched His garment but He asked anyway in verse 30 "Who touched my clothes?"
This is a three-fold question.
First Jesus knows who it was for sure?
Second: He keeps looking around giving the women the opportunity to come forth.
Third: He announces to the crowd that this women is healed
Albert Barnes wrote this in his notes: Jesus silenced her fears, commended her faith, and sent her away in peace. He used an endearing term, calling her daughter.
III. YOUR DAUGHTER IS ONLY ASLEEP. Mark 5:35-36
In Jewish tradition when a Prophet is speaking you don’t interrupt. It is unthinkable to do so especially if they are reading from the Old Testament.
They said to Jairus your "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher to come any further?"
Then in verse 36 Jesus stopped speaking and said to Jairus "Have no fear, only believe."
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
- JESUS GOES TO JAIRUS HOME. Mark 5:37-40
I have often wondered why he would not allow anyone to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
FIRST: Some say it is because they were the closest to Jesus and He relied on them more than the other disciples.
SECOND: Others have speculated that it was easier for Jesus to escape the crowds that had been following Him, if He slips away with just these three disciples.
THIRD: In verse 43 Jesus Commanded everyone not to tell others about the miracle that He had just performed.
They traveled to Jairus home where all these people were standing weeping and crying out - because Jairus daughter was dead. Get this – she was dead – not dying but dead.
3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3-4 (NKJV)
6 Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Romans 6:6 (NKJV)
Last week I reminded you of this: When someone is lost they are just what they are until Jesus changes them. And I quoted
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! Jesus stops and enters the home and asks why all the commotion and crying the child is not dead but asleep. 2 Corinthians 5:17- (NIV)
Look at verse 40. They ridiculed Him. If you look up ridiculed you will find these words mocked – laughter – make fun of – poke fun of and even tease.
What does Jesus do next – basically He says to the mourners go – leave -this family does not need you anymore!
Jesus walks up to where the little girl is sleeping and takes her hand says “little girl I say to you arise.
There is much speculation about why Jesus did not want people to tell others about this miracle in verse 43.
FIRST: Maybe Jesus just needed a break from the crowds that had been following him.
SECOND: Jesus was ready to go home and He was ready to preach in His local synagogue.
THIRD: Jesus wanted to get away from the crowds because He was getting ready to send his disciples out in two’s to teach and preach.
FOURTH: This is the one that many scholars believe – the Sadducees and Pharisees were already debating what to do with Jesus?
- Maybe today you need a miracle – maybe someone close to you needs a miracle?
- Last week I said there is always hope in Jesus and there is.
- As we sing come to the Altar
- If this is you - come and let us pray with you?