Mark 5:21-41  Desperate Faith



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.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."24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. = Pressed up against him  -  CRUSHED



A) Jarius was a ruler of the synagogue - There was a synagogue in every city where there was 10 Jewish men.


B) The ruler of a synagogue was the elder in charge of the public services and the care of the facilities.

1)  He saw to it that people were appointed to pray, read the Scriptures, and give the sermon & He presided over the elders of the synagogue


C) So being the RULER - that would mean that JARIUS  was a man of Power / position

1) yet he was also a man of  GREAT NEED



D) Interesting to me that - time & time again we see in scripture / men who  have everything that this world deems as important

1) Yet still being in GREAT NEED - until they come to Christ !

2) Rich young Ruler – What else do I lack


E) Same is true today - a man / woman can have everything that this world   has to offer - but until they have Jesus still have need / emptiness void



JARIUS’ NEED - His 12 year old daughter / HIS ONLY DAUGHTER / was sick and about ready to die !!!!

A) The age of twelve years old, was considered  the first year of a Jewish girls womanhood according to Jewish custom.


B) The day after his 13th  birthday a Jewish boy was recognized as a man,


C) But it was the day after her 12th  birthday a Jewish girl was recognized as a woman.

1)  So Jairus’s daughter had just come into the flower of womanhood, but to her father she was still his little girl.


C) Always will be – Amy 14 / Aaron – 16


C) For 12 years she had filled his heart w/ Joy / & his home w/ laughter /

1) for 12 yrs she had brought sunshine to his heart


D) He had watched her grow & learn to walk / talk / sing / her life was like sweet music to his ears


E) But now those feet were still & becoming cold / her lips were silent & his heart was crushed .

1)  For that REASON he came to Jesus .




A) 1st He came in Humility!  He Bowed down


AA) For Jairus to do this was Huge – He was a ruler in the group that hated Jesus –

1)  put that aside – Humbled himself  - occupational suicide


B) Bowing – you are better than me – More honored than I


1 Peter 5:5-7

"God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble."

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

James 4:10

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.


C) Jairus is about to be lifted up – Came in / Humility



2nd He came in DESPERATION - V.22  he fell down at Jesus' feet and begged Him to come to his house,

A) He was a desperate man w/ no where else to go !


C) Guys this is an attitude that we all need to come to in our relationship w/ the Lord.

1) Coming to that place -(  I can’t make it w/ out Him)


D) Not just as it relates to salvation-   that is a definite for the scriptures declare there is no other name  thru which  a man can be saved


D) But even after we come to Christ / we need to come to that place of desperation - in realizing - IT IS ONLY IN JESUS / NEEDS MET.

1)  Only thru Jesus that I can walk / Stand / Serve /


E) Place of being POOR IN SPIRIT - realizing our utter dependency upon Him for everything !!!!

1)  Like Paul - HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT - rid ourselves of all self sufficiency !


Hudson Taylor once noted that "God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him."


1st Humility – 2nd Desperation:


#3 He CAME IN CONFIDENCE v.23- Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live."

A) Jarius had a confidence that if Jesus would come - his daughter would be made well.   SO JESUS WENT .


B) Now at this point in the story they are on their way - when they encounter what at first  seems to be an untimely interruption


C) But we will see it was actually a very timely interruption !


Mark 5:25-28


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.



Here we are introduced to this woman who had a serious problem who fights thru the crowd to touch Jesus. 



Notice 3 things about her Condition - / conviction / confession /

1st CONDITION : flow of blood for twelve years 


A) She was suffering from what doctors would call a vaginal hemorrhage, a continual flow of blood which  gave her great distress and pain,


B) According to the Jewish traditions it also rendered her ceremonially unclean so that she was ostracized from society.

1)  She had to keep her distance from everyone, could not mingle with people. 

2)    ( She was almost like a leper.)


C) People were forbidden to touch  her while she was in this condition.

1)  Because of her condition she was cut off from Church life /

2)  She  was forbidden to attend services in the temple or in the synagogue.



D) And Luke tells us that she spent all of her - livelihood on doctors but to no avail for they were not able to cure her.

1)  She exhausted every effort & option / possibly going from one  specialist to the next –

2)  but it was no use


Now in looking at this woman - I can’t help but see the CHARACTERISTICS & THE EFFECTS OF SIN!!!!


A)Her problem was constant – wouldn’t go away- Sin is that way 

1) the problem of sin is constant - it will not go away - / NO CURE / Pain & Distress 


B) She was banned from Worship – Sin separates us from God ! – Can’t worship

1) Guilt –


C) She exhausted all her resources to get better

1) People do that today – as well – Seeking anything to take away the pain – rid of the guilt 


D) And the RESULT -like this lady they end up poor & needy - wiped out –

1) some financially - others - as it relates to purpose & meaning for life


2) Their condition leaves them / HELPLESS & HOPELESS


E) Those are the Characteristics & effects of sin - in every persons life who doesn’t know JESUS CHRIST !!!

1)  No Cure / Constant Reminders pain distress / emptiness/ guilt / …

AND THAT WAS THIS WOMANS CONDITION - NOW LETS CONSIDER HER CONVICTION - 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."


A) She had this conviction - THIS FAITH -


B)  She says to herself If I can Just ….. I know I will be made well   All I need to do is to touch Him !

1) So W/ her hand she touched the robe of Jesus but w/ her faith she touched the heart of Jesus


C) There is a wonderful picture here, /  this woman, with a touch of faith, draws power from Jesus, whereas all the rest of the  crowd,

1)  pressing around him on every side, touching him many times in the  course of the journey, were not receiving anything  from him.


D) Application - the one who says If I can just touch the Lord - will be touched by the Lord .  { Tonight Just come by faith

1) How do we touch Him ? ONE WAY IS IN WORSHIP/ that is what touches His HEART !!!!!


E) Which speaks of not our ability to sing / but the attitude of our hearts when we come into this place .

1) Also Communion touching the Lord as we identify with his body and blood.

Some of you showed up here tonite w/ an attitude that you were determined to meet w/ the Lord & here from the Lord ( and you will)

A) But others of you showed up here tonite / some out of duty / some out of obligation / some out of habit / others Purely Social


B) And there is no sense of urgency - NO sense of - Jesus I want to meet w/ you today - touch you w/ my bros.& sisters , & have you touch me.

1)  RESULT YOU PROBABLY won’t get touched today.


C) But those who desire to meet w/ Him - who’s hearts are longing to touch / Him & be touched by Him –

1) Will be blessed - HE IS THE REWARDER OF THOSE ……….




Mark 5:29-34

29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.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.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."



When she touches Him / Jesus felt healing Power leave His body - so He stops - WHO TOUCHED ME ?

A) Disciples look at Him like He is crazy  What do you mean who touched you - everyone is touching you -


B) Why did Jesus Stop – 2 Reasons

1) See although the disciples were focused on the Multitudes – the many – the Crowd –


C) Jesus was focused on the ONE PERSON!


D) That is a Good thing for those who desire to minister to take heed to -

 1) Jesus is interested in the need of ONE PERSON.


E) We can be so focused on the multitudes that we miss the individual needs

1) So that was the first reason -


2nd reason He stopped was because CONFESSION WAS NECESSARY



Jesus had her tell what happened to her because - it was important for her restoration w/ the people.

A) She told the whole Story !


B) He wanted them to hear what had happened to her & He wanted them to know that she was now made Whole.


C) So Jesus stopped to assure her of her healing & His love /

1) This is the only time recorded in the Scriptures that he ever used this term "daughter."


E) But she wasn’t the only reason why Jesus stopped – 1) He was thinking of another individual while He ministered to her.



A)  I can see him at first wondering -what are we doing ?  -  why are we stopping - my daughter is dying & you are worried about people touching


B) Standing there arms folded / feet taping / looking at his watch / hand thru his hair -   



C) Woman told how she had suffered for 12 yrs she suffered -  12 YEARS


I don’t know for sure  if he caught that but I think I think Jesus also stopped for JARIUS -

A) Because He knew that He would soon be doubting !! He wanted him   to hear this story .


A) So important to share our stories /  Paul declared that we comfort one another w/ the comfort we have received


B) Catch the split second drama going on here v. 34-34  Jesus said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace."

35  While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further



1)  Maybe he was thinking IT WAS TOO LATE - WHY DID WE HAVE TO STOP. Stupid woman


D) But Jesus interrupts those mental gymnastics by looking JARIUS IN THE EYES & SAYING v.37  , "Do not be afraid; only believe,


WHAT PROMISING WORDS - "Do not be afraid; only believe ,Luke adds  and she will be made well."

A) JARIUS had nothing to depend upon nothing to lean upon but the word of Jesus & His past dealing w/ this woman.

B) Same is true for us - times of great trial & Tribulation - we MUST DEPEND upon the words of Jesus & the faithfulness of Jesus

1)  In our lives & in the Lives of others


C) You tonight – All you have to do is lean on the promise of God – His word –

1) His past faithfulness in others lives


D) Our Lords  words to JARIUS tell us that our fear is to be met by faith.

1) Faith is the answer to fear -- believing that God knows what he is doing.


E) This is always the  answer to fear. "Only believe”  believe in the work I have done & will continue to do.



Listen Satan likes to come like these messengers & say - IT IS TOO LATE - THERE IS NO HOPE -

A) Things will never change / that loved one will never get saved / that area you are stepping out in - will never work


B) Jesus stretches out His hands & gently says to us like He did to JARIUS / don’t be afraid - Just believe !



So they continue on to the house & As they come to the house the mourners have already begun their wailing cry.

A) See It was customary in those days to hire mourners to bemoan the death of an individual.                 

                           There was a terrible frenzy about it.


B) They would actually rip their garments apart, tear out their hair, and cry out with loud shrieks and howls.


C) But JESUS says - she isn’t dead - she is just sleeping - ( HIS PERECPTION OF DEATH –


D) Death is not when the Spirit leaves the body

1)  - death is deeper than that !


E) Death = separation - from God - some dead while they live. 

1) Hell is to DIE IN THAT STATE separated for ETERNITY



When Jesus says this they LAUGH & MOCK / SO HE PUTS THE MOCKERS OUT

A) Jesus puts out all the people except the father and mother, and Peter and James and John, and together they go in to the quiet and still corpse.



B) This father and mother are brokenhearted, but Jesus walks to the side of the little girl & , taking her by the hand, says in Aramaic, Talitha cumi, i.e., "Little lamb, arise."


C) He raised her up & she walked around the room, to the amazement of all who were there.

1) There was rejoicing !!!!


Bible says – All we like sheep have gone astray

Looks at the multitude sheep w/out a shepherd

A) Jesus saying to you tonight – Little lamb arise




Close sit here tonight you might be a lot more like this woman than you think Not a Christian


Incurable disease cut off from God


Dead in Sin –


Jesus word to you tonight is only believer Made well –

Reach out to his nailed scarred hand


Communion – Set Free – Reach out and embrace the Victory

Walk in that Victory