Mark 5:21-43    Jairus' Daughter raised + Woman with Issue of Blood Healed

Return by boat from the land of the Gadarenes

21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea.


Jairus a ruler of the Synagogue pleaded with Jesus to save his dying daughter

22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live."


Jesus agreed and went with him

24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.


Woman with issue or blood touched the hem of Jesus' garment and was healed

25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment; 28 for she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well." 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.


Jesus asked who had touched Him

30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes?" 31 But His disciples said to Him, "You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?' " 32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.


The woman confessed

33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."


Report that the daughter of Jairus had died

35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue's house who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"


Jesus encouraged Jairus

36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe." 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.


Jesus put the mourners out of the house

38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. 39 When He came in, He said to them, "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping." 40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside,


Jesus raised the girl from the dead

He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, "Talitha, cumi," which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise." 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.


Jesus commanded they keep it quiet

43 But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.    NKJV


Facts Revealed:

V    Jesus returned by boat from the land of the Gadarenes.   [Mark 5:1, 20-21, Luke 8:37, 40]

Jairus a Ruler of the Synagogue called Jesus to raise his daughter  [Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56]

V    According to the report in Mark and Luke, the girl was at the point of death.

V    My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.

²   This statement of faith follows previous miracles Jesus had done in Capernaum when Jesus had cleansed the leper, healed the sick, and cast out demons, including healing of Peter’s mother-in-law, and the Centurion’s servant, and many more at the door of Peter’s house, and then the forgiveness of sin and healing of the paralytic man.  [Matthew 8:1-17, 9:1-8]

²   With such evidence, Jairus was moved to believe that Jesus did indeed possess the power to heal and to raise his daughter from the dead. 

²   He knew the prophecies of Scripture, and the power ascribed to the Messiah, and this gave him the courage to at least ask Jesus to help.  His statement of confidence demonstrates his faith.

V    Jesus and His disciples followed Jairus to raise the daughter to life.  [Matthew 9:19, Mark 5:24, Luke 8:42]

Woman with an issue of blood, healed

V    The woman who had a flow of blood for twenty years was also convinced that Jesus would be the Messiah, (the Sun of Righteousness) as was spoken of by the prophet:


But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings;    [Malachi 4:2]


²   The “Wings” are the “Fringes” or “Hem of the garment” of the Prayer Shawl or Tent of Prayer as it was known at the time of Jesus.

²   Recalling the promise of the Prophet, she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment I shall be made well.”  [Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43-48]

²   So coming through the crowd from behind, she reached out and touched the “Hem of His Garment.”

V    Jesus felt power going out from Himself to heal, so He turned around to see who had been healed.  [Matthew 9:22, Mark 5:30-33, Luke 8:45-47]

²   When Jesus saw her, He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter, your faith has made you well.”   [Matthew 9:22, Mark 5:34, Luke 8:48]

²   The woman was made well from that hour.   [Matthew 9:22]

V    According to the report in Mark and Luke, it was at this point that a message came from the house of Jairus saying the girl is indeed dead, so why bother Jesus any more?   [Mark 5:35, Luke 8:49]

²   When Jesus heard the report, He assured Jairus and said, “”Don’t be afraid, only believe, and she will be made well.”  [Mark 5:36, Luke 8:50]

Daughter of Jairus raised from the dead

V    When Jesus came into the house, He allowed no one to come in except Peter, James, and John, along with the father and mother of the child.   [Mark 5:37, Luke 8:51]

V    To the mourners, Jesus said, “The girl is not dead, but sleeping.”  [Matthew 9:23-24, Mark 5:38-39, Luke 8:52]

²   The mourners knew death when they saw it, so they laughed Jesus to scorn (ridicule).   [Matthew 9:24, Mark 5:40, Luke 8:53]

²   Jesus put the mourners all outside.  [Matthew 9:25, Mark 5:40, Luke 8:54]

V    Jesus took the girl by the hand, and said, “Little girl arise,” and the girl arose.  [Matthew 9:25, Mark 5:41-42, Luke 8:54-55]

²   Jesus said to tell no one.   [Mark 5:43, Luke 8:56]

²   The reason to keep it quiet is, that it was not time to give His enemies ammunition against Him, because His time had not yet come to suffer and die.

²   The report went out far and wide.   [Matthew 9:26]

²   Human nature is to disregard instructions for keeping such wonderful news quiet, and to tell everyone you know about the miracle that has happened in your experience.  The eye witnesses would be the girl herself, her mother and father, and all the mourners who have nothing more to mourn.  The news would surely spread fast.