Jesus is the resurrection and the life for those who believe. Mark 5:21–24, 35–43

Main point: Jesus is the resurrection and the life for those who believe.

Mark 5:21–24, 35–43

21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “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.” 24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him…

35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Below is a little of what William Barclay has to say concerning Jewish mourning customs during the time of Christ…

Mourning in Israel during the time of Christ 001
Mourning in Israel during the time of Christ 002

It seems with the words “time to get up little girl” Jesus turns the cruel monster of death into something as harmless as a sleeping child.

Main point: Jesus is the resurrection and the life for those who believe.


  1. A desperate plea. (21-24)

  2. News that turns faith to fear. (35-36)

  3. Death is met with hope. (37-43)


1. Never overlook, stereotype or generalize those in our society who are wealthy, powerful or influential they are as mortal as everyone else. Jesus can use them for his Glory and purposes just as he can the poor, needy and marginalized… just as he did Jairus.

2. If Jesus is our resurrection and hope of life, then what do we have to fear? If Christ’s resurrection has made death a mere sleeping little girl then what are we afraid of?

For weekly reading/discussion/devotions…

  • Monday: Q: What are some of the social differences between the woman with the issue of blood and Jairus?
  • Tuesday: Q: Take some time today to think about areas or circumstances in your life where you are in desperate need of the power of Jesus. Can you write any down? Q: On your list how do you see fear working against you? Q: What are you most afraid of concerning each of the needs on your list?
  • Wednesday: Q: Jesus saying “Do not fear, only believe” how can fear destroy faith? M. L. Jones said “Faith is the refusal to panic.” What kind of lie does fear want you to believe in order to cause panic?
  • Thursday:  “Fear of the Lord the —  is in the Old Testament used as a designation of true piety (Prov. 1:7; Job 28:28; Ps. 19:9). It is a fear conjoined with love and hope, and is therefore not a slavish dread, but rather filial reverence. (Comp. Deut. 32:6; Hos. 11:1; Isa. 1:2; 63:16; 64:8.) God is called “the Fear of Isaac” (Gen. 31:42, 53), i.e., the God whom Isaac feared. A holy fear is enjoined also in the New Testament as a preventive of carelessness in religion, and as an incentive to penitence (Matt. 10:28; 2 Cor. 5:11; 7:1; Phil. 2:12; Eph. 5:21; Heb. 12:28, 29).” Easton’s Bible Dictionary 

    Q: What are some differences between fear that leads to panic and faithlessness and “The fear of the Lord” as mentioned above?

  • Friday: Mark 4:26-32 illustrate the inconspicuous, hidden beginning and nature of the kingdom of God along with assured confidence that one can have in its exponential growth. Q: In what ways does Mark 4:26-32 connect with the resurrection story of Jairus?
  • Saturday: Q: What is Jesus showing us about The Kingdom of God and death? Q: How does the story of Jairus foreshadow what lies ahead for Christ in Jerusalem?

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