What does Jesus stop for?
Gospel Of Mark Bible Study
Brother Todd  

What does Jesus stop for?

Mark 5:21-43

Has there ever been a time in your life where you feel the need to stop, but you feel like you can’t? You are just “too busy” and there is just “too much to do” that taking a moment to stop feels impossible. Culture nowadays, tells us that being too busy is a good thing, that the hustle and bustle of life is how it is supposed to be. But, in Mark 5, we learn an important lesson from Jesus that says just the opposite. 

As we read Mark, we see the stories of real people that Jesus took the time to stop for.

“When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea.” Mark 5:21

Jesus had just come from the other side where he met a demoniac and set him free. He sent the demons into the pigs- you’ve probably heard the story. 

When he comes back from setting the man free- “one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” So, he went with him.” Mark 5:21-24a

We don’t know where Jesus was going after he set the man free, but here we see him stop and right away we learn:

Jesus stops and so should we.

Here, we see Jesus stopping for Jairus. Now, Jairus is a ruler of the synagogue. He had societal position-he was a very important man. And Jesus stopped for him.

But, on his way to Jairus’ daughter something happens here- a great crowd follows him. And someone else was in that crowd who was also seeking Him. A woman of much less societal position, a woman who, at the time, was seen as ceremonially unclean. 

“Now, there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,” Mark 5:25-27

Women were not respected, at that time. And there is still a lot of work to do in many countries even today in that area. The woman is ceremonially unclean- in the middle of a huge crowd. She had heard words about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd. She took it a step further and she touched him.

“If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Mark 5:28

She knew it. She was at her wits end. She got through the crowds and touched his garment. Now, remember Jesus was on his way to Jairus’ daughter. This was an urgent situation, who would have stopped? 

As a father, I can’t imagine what Jairus was thinking. 

There was one time where my friend and his son were with me driving into a village. They couldn’t find his inhaler, and I had to drive fast and furious to the house to get his inhaler. There was water buffalo just roaming the road. We were about an hour away from their house. There was no stopping.

Can you image the temptation in Jairus’ mind whenever he sees this woman come up? “Hey, get lost.” That’s probably what he thought. 

But Jesus doesn’t see it the same. No, what does Jesus do? He stops. Jesus immediately turned and said, “Who touched my garments?” Mark 5:30b

That day, she was healed. Her blood immediately dried up.

When you reach out and touch Jesus, it’ll stop him in his tracks. The Lord does not despise a repentant heart; he does not despise anyone reaching out to him as the source of salvation. 

Jesus was probably bumped left and right that day, they were all touching him. “Many touched him and were made well.” Mark 6:56

She started this trend; a woman opened the door for many to get healed. It is so important for us to have faith in Jesus and reach out. To touch Jesus is to be touched by him. 

There is no step towards Jesus that is done in vain. 

Mark 5:33b tells us that she began to tell him the whole truth. We can imagine the whole truth would have been long. Don’t you love it when you’re on your way somewhere and someone starts explaining all these things to you? I can imagine Jairus’ beginning to boil at this point as the thought arises, “are you going to heal my daughter or not?” 

The woman was probably shaken up by the fact she had got healed. But, she began to fear his reaction- she had just been healed because she had touched a rabbi, while ceremonially unclean. So, she confesses and shares the whole story. 

But Jesus says to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your disease. 

Jesus wasn’t rattled by the situation. He wasn’t rushed. He wasn’t concerned. He was still. He stopped, even though. 

 “While he was still speaking, some people came from the leaders house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” Mark 5:35 

Is this how the story ends? Does Jesus help the woman with the issue of blood at the expense of Jairus’ daughter? At the very expense of her life? 

This man, Jesus- who drove out demons, healed, and calmed storms couldn’t raise the dead. It was over. 

No, we know the story doesn’t end there. Their mind was just on the circumstance. 

Jesus said to the ruler, “Do not fear, only believe.” Mark 5:36

So, they came to the house and there was a commotion, people weeping and wailing. The girl was laying on the bed and she was dead. This was a long time for Jairus to sweat this one out. He wanted to provide for his daughter and knew who could get that for her- Jesus. 

But the scene suddenly changes, Jesus makes a comment that caused the weeping to turn to laughing. “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but is sleeping.” Mark 5:39

Then Jesus commands the daughter to get up and she immediately arises. She is immediately healed. 

Jesus continued to reveal himself as the King of Kings, the anointed messiah- from driving out demons, healing, calming storms, AND raising the dead. 

In this story, we see both the man of stature and the ceremonially unclean woman falling at the feet of Jesus. He is worthy to be fallen in front of in worship, no matter who you are. He is worthy to be pushed through a crowd. 

In this story, we see Jesus stop. We see him stop for both the man of stature and the ceremonially unclean woman. 

He’ll stop for you too. 

This is a story about both the unexpected and faith. I believe Jesus was showing us that Jairus needed to see the woman’s faith and her posture of humility. He also needed to see that Jesus is the way. That Jesus was the key for her salvation and healing, and for his. 

This is a story that demands a response. We need to accept both the saving work of Jesus on the cross from death and our sin, and we cannot neglect the way that he lived his life- by stopping. 

New Revised Standard Version Bible, 2005, Mark 5:21-43

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