Mark Chapter Five part 4, A study of Mark 5:27 - 29, Mark 5:30 & 31, Mark 5:32 - 34, and Mark 5:35 & 36 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Mark 5:27 - 29

"When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, 'If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.' Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering." NIV translation

Out of faith, the woman simply touched Jesus' cloak and was healed. We notice that there was no big "healing service" or some other scheduled event but simply a woman coming to Jesus by faith. It did not take another person to do something for her or a donation or anything else but faith.

Mark 5:30 & 31

"At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, 'Who touched my clothes?' 'You see the people crowding against you,' his disciples answered, 'and yet you can ask, "Who touched me?"'" NIV translation

When Jesus asked who had touched Him, the disciples did not understand how He knew that one person had when He was in a crowd. They did not understand the power of a touch of faith. It was the faith of the woman that set her touch apart from the rest of the crowd and it is that same faith in Jesus Christ that sets us apart from the rest of the world.

Mark 5:32 - 34

"But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, 'Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.'" NIV translation

In this miracle, we see that Jesus not only had authority in the spiritual realm but also in the physical realm. The doctors had tried to free her and she had given all that she had but it was only her touch of faith that could provide the cure. In this, we see that the power of God is unleashed when we step out in faith just as the woman had done.

Mark 5:35 & 36

"While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus the synagogue ruler. 'Your daughter is dead,' they said. 'Why bother the teacher any more?' Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, 'Don't be afraid; just believe.'" NIV translation

Now, Jairus finds out that his daughter has already died so the men had given up hope. Meanwhile, Jesus simply encouraged him to have the same touch of faith that the woman had demonstrated.

Have people given up on you? Have you given up hope for someone else? If so, the words that Jesus shared with Jairus are for you as well. If we trust in Him and understand that He has complete authority, then, it is not too late.