Last week we observed Jesus commanding nature and evil spirits. This week He follows on by displaying authority over sickness and death1.

Throughout this event the two interactions with Jesus mirror each other:

A man called Jairus
A woman in the crowd
High social status
The leader of a local synagogue
Low social status
Unclean because of condition
His only twelve-year-old girl was dying.
She had suffered twelve years with constant bleeding.
Public approach
In front of the crowd, he fell at the feet of Jesus pleading fervently.
Private approach
Thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.
Jesus took the dead child by the hand.
Reached out her hand to touch Jesus
Jesus insisted that the parents should not tell anyone what had happened.
Jesus affirms the women’s healing to the whole crowd.

There is no formula to ‘how’ or ‘why’ Jesus might heal us. Neither is it dependent on ‘who we are’ or ‘what we do’.

But there is one certainty – Jesus has the power to restore.

By God’s ceremonial law, Jesus would have been made unclean by touching the woman and a dead body. The woman who touched Jesus’ outer garment (possible one of His traditional ceremonial tassels) recognised she would make Jesus unclean. She was scared of being rejected and hesitated in admitting to her action.

But Jesus is Holy.

In the Old Testament, the place where God chose to meet with his people was a place of contagious holiness. It was so supercharged with holiness that merely touching the very instruments of worship in the tabernacle would make a person holy.2

When we reach out to Jesus the flow of our sin is reversed by His Holiness. Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” Jesus is ‘greater than’ death.
Jesus (life)  sin (death)

Last week we read Jesus telling the possessed man to tell every one of his healing. This week Jesus tells Jairus to tell no one. Why?

1. Bible: Events recorded in Matthew 9:18-30 / Mark 5: 21-42 / Luke 8: 40-56


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