Each week throughout the ReMarkAble series at First Baptist Church, Pastor Matt Clausen (or whomever preaches on Sunday) will provide a brief post that supplements the sermon content from the Sunday before. The supplement post for Mark Five is being posted a bit late, but still helpful as we continue to examine the life of Jesus through Mark's Gospel. I will try to post them on Mondays following the sermon. Here is a link to the sermon on Mark Five, and below is Matt's Sermon Supplement. We have additional content to support the Mark series, and you can read more about it here.
God's compassion toward all kinds of people
The end of Mark 5 is an intertwining of two stories in which a 12 year old girl is raised from the dead and a woman is healed of a bleeding ailment that she had for 12 years. These two stories show us God’s compassion toward all kinds of people.
Jairus was in charge of the local synagogue. He would have been a well-respected and well-to-do man. The woman that grabed Jesus cloak to receive healing in the crowd was on the other end of the social spectrum in Jewish society. Her bleeding meant she wasn’t allowed to enter Jairus’ synagogue, she wasn’t allowed to touch others and her relationships would have been limited. The account reminds us that Jairus had an opportunity to enjoy his daughter for 12 years in his blessed life while the woman had been suffering at the hands of doctors, had gone broke and had been an outcast for those same 12 years.
This account remind us that Jesus doesn’t just show compassion toward those on the upper end of the social spectrum like Jairus and he doesn’t just show compassion to those on the lower end of the spectrum like the bleeding woman. Jesus power is unleashed for the good of both of these people and people everywhere in between.
Jesus responds to faith and humility
While Jesus doesn’t act powerfully based on a person’s social standing he does act based on a person’s faith and humility. He finds both of these qualities in Jairus. Many people would have thought of Jairus as Jesus equal since he was the head of the synagogue. Yet, Jesus finds him bowing before him. When medicine had nothing left to give to his daughter, he believed Jesus could heal her. The woman had such faith in Jesus that she believed just grabbing his garments can lead to her healing. She too finds herself on her face before Jesus in humility.
Jesus loves to respond with power to those who have faith and humility like Jairus and the bleeding woman. We exhibit this kind of faith and humility when we submit our daily lives to Jesus. Submit this day completely to him in faith and humility.