Jesus Brings Hope Out Of Tragedy
Our world is filled with tragedy. People are injured and killed by floods, fires, tornadoes and accidents. Earthquakes and hurricanes come with their destructive power and devastation. Disease works with deadly force among mankind. But, out of tragedy Jesus can bring hope. Mark 5:21-43 is a beautiful account of Jesus bringing Hope out of Tragedy!
Mark records an account of a very ill child. There is always something sad about the sickness or death of a child. A twelve year old girl was gravely sick. Mark 5:22-23 reveals how the father of the child approached Jesus. "And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 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." The tragedy of a sick child brought this ruler of the synagogue to his knees. Many people in Jairus' position were opposed to Jesus. It may be that he had been opposed to Jesus but all of that was forgotten as he came to Jesus for help and hope. Jairus emptied himself of all pride as he fell at the feet of Jesus and begged for help. Most of us would like to control our own lives, but let us be humble enough to realize that our only help and hope is in Christ. Jairus learned this truth and though learning this gained the health of his daughter.
Jesus was the last hope of a hurting woman. This must have been frustrating to Jairus but as Jesus went with Jairus a woman from the crowd came and touched His garment. We read, "So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well. Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction." (Mark 5:24-29) The poor woman had suffered for twelve years, spent all her money on doctors and only grew worse. Doctors have their place and have helped many people, but they had not been successful in helping this woman. She came to Jesus as a last resort. It is strange how so many other people do exactly the same thing. They try everything else and then finally decide to try Jesus. Let us learn that our Lord Jesus Christ is an ever present help in time of trouble. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalms 46:1)
The sick woman was healed. When the healing of the woman took place it took something out of Jesus. Mark wrote, "When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, 'If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.' Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, 'Who touched My clothes?'" (Mark 5:27-30) Great things are accomplished only when someone is willing to put their very life into it. This was true of Jesus and it is also true for us and our work today. Jesus was great because He was willing to give Himself in service to others. The disciples could not imagine how Jesus knew someone from the crowd has touched Him. Often we, like the disciples, have no understanding of the sacrifices made by others to serve people. This section of scripture lets us also learn a great lesson from the woman. "But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth." (Mark 5:33) She simply told Jesus the "whole truth" and the result was beautiful. "And He said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction." (Mark 5:34)
Jairus' despair was turned to hope and joy. A message came to Jairus that caused him great despair. The message was, "...Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" (Mark 5:35) Jesus, however, was not in despair. He said, "...Do not be afraid; only believe." (Mark 5:36) There is a powerful contrast between the hopelessness of the mourners and the hopefulness of Jesus. The voice of hope spoke to say, "...Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping." (Mark 5:39) The ungodly often "laugh to scorn" those who would take Jesus at His word. With gentle and powerfully words Jesus silenced their laughter. "...Talitha, cumi, which is translated, little girl, I say to you, arise. Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement." (Mark 5:41-42) At Judgment Day many who have mocked those of us who desire to be simple, New Testament Christians will stand in silent, stunned amazement.
From Mark 5:21-43 let us learn: (1) people face many tragedies in this life. (2) Sickness and disease come to young and old. (3) Jesus really does care when people are hurting. (4) Jesus is able to turn despair into hope. (5) Those who scorn Christianity will be put to silence. (6) Jesus is our only hope.
to God. (Revelation 2:10) Life on earth is always better when we have Jesus as Savior and the hereafter with Jesus will be very far better!
By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, 306 Walnut Street Greenville, Alabama 36037 USAA