Faith that Frees | Mark 5:21-43

Faith that Frees by  Rev. Shine.P. Thomas

Do you fully trust and believe in Jesus ?

God wants us to look at every circumstances through the eyes of faith!

God expects his children to trust in Him at all times. He wants us to look at our circumstances through the eyes of faith and just believe in Jesus. Remember, faith in Christ can give us freedom from any situation. How is your faith today? Are you looking at your life’s issues by faith in Jesus? Do you fully trust and believe in Jesus today?

Mark 5:21-43

In our devotion today we are going to see how we can have the faith that gives us freedom.

I imagine that it was a beautiful day, good sunshine, wonderful hills surrounding great clouds above the blue waters. Jesus and his disciples got back on the boat from the shores of Gadara and are traveling through the Sea of Galilee which is silent now. This account is found in the Gospel of Mark 5. Jesus and his disciples were earlier across the Sea of Galilee where just some hours before the disciples saw the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, over the storm first and then over the demon possessed man of Gadara. Now they cross that Sea of Galilee again.

They land on the other side and we are told that: 

Mark 5:21 

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake.

Wherever Jesus went on the Northern and Western sides of the Sea of Galilee, he always had huge crowds following him. This was a great crowd. There are so many people wanting to reach Jesus and he was jostled and pushed. Do you ever remember being in a crowd?


We went to the Brindavan Gardens at KRS Dam a day after Dasara. Thousands of people had gathered and after the musical fountain it was a huge crowd. You are so surrounded by people that you cannot move, you move with the people, people push you. We almost escaped a stampede. I believe the crowd was like this around Jesus that day.

In the midst of that crowd comes a man to Jesus. 

Mark 5:22

22Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet.

His name is Jairus. He is a powerful and influential man because he is the ruler of the synagogue. Wherever the Jews lived there would always be a synagogue. It was the centre of their social and religious life if they are not near the city of Jerusalem.

I guess he could make his way through the crowd because he was the ruler of the synagogue. So the crowd somehow gave way for him, probably he had his security with him; he was able to come through to Jesus without difficulty. When he finally reached Jesus he fell at Jesus’ feet.

As a ruler of the synagogue Jairus is man who is well known in his town. It is very likely that he would have been a Pharisee and there in lay a problem for Jairus.

Chose to Have Faith

The Pharisees by now are against Jesus. They are accusing Jesus of working miracles by the power of the devil. They are plotting to harm Jesus. The Pharisees’ hardness of heart had moved into the people and they are all rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ. So Jairus was likely a part of that group. He was among those who plotted against Jesus and told the people to reject Jesus. He had nothing to do with Jesus. yet chose to have faith why?

Because Jairus had a problem. His little daughter was sick. Doctors and physicians failed her and she is about to die. On one side Jairus was having the pressure of the society and other Pharisees who rejected Jesus but on the other side he has a pressing need. It was not just any need that he had. His daughter was ill. Here is Jairus, coming alone, no Pharisees around him. He is taking a risk of being excommunicated, thrown out of the synagogue but in his point of pressing need Jairus turns to Jesus. 

Mark 5:23

23He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”

Now he is not bothered about others and thought, “For me my daughter’s healing is more important than anything in the world. My little daughter is about to die.” Those are precious words of a loving father.

Those who are parents here can pick up some feelings of Jairus through those words. There is something special about a little boy or a little girl when they come running to you. They love and trust you blindly, they do not understand many things and that is the beauty of children.

I suppose everyone here loves little children but there is something more special about your own child. It is a great feeling to have your little son or daughter say to you, “Daddy or mummy.” I imagine those who have children can sense right now a feeling toward your child. There is something about your own little child that is just so special; there is nothing at all in the world like that.

A Father’s Faith For His Daughter

Many times there is something special about what is between a father and his little daughter. Those little girls can wrap that big HE-MAN in her hands and make him do whatever she wants. There is something so special about that little daughter as she climbs into her daddy’s lap and looks at him and say, “I love you daddy”. It is just very special. So when Jairus came to Jesus he said, “My little daughter”

Again to help you understand the emotion and tenderness of this sentence, this daughter is not a little tiny girl. She was 12 years of age. She is at the age of adolescence, beginning to exercise her independence and her own decision making and perhaps sometimes coming into conflict with her parents, but a father’s little girl always remains his little girl. So when Jairus spoke to Jesus of his 12 year old daughter she was still is his little baby.

You cannot get a greater need in your life than Jairus and his wife had at this moment. His wife is mentioned only once in this account. It is not because she did not care. She was at home where any mother would be, praying and trying desperately to bring some kind of comfort to her little daughter who is obviously dying right before her eyes. No heavier burden than this can come to parents than to see their children in danger.

So Jairus made his choice – It is worth to take the risk to go to Jesus. Jairus was in such a need that he was even willing to risk everything in life because this was his little daughter.

He came and made his way through this terrific crowd. He said to Jesus

Mark 5:23

23He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”

Now did Jairus believe? I think he did at least to some extent. Jesus said if we have faith as a grain of a mustard seed, if we just believe. Jairus had seen Jesus. He had seen Jesus heal and take care of the needs of the crowds. Jairus had seen enough of Jesus that in this moment of terrible need he finally reaches out to Jesus and says to him, “If you come and lay hands on her she shall be healed and she shall live.” 

Mark 5:24 

24So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him.

Now what Jairus did not know that Jesus knew at this point that this little girl had already died? After some time the messengers come from Jairus’ house telling him that his daughter is dead. It had taken a little time for the messengers to come. So most likely Jairus’ little daughter was already dead when Jesus turned to go to Jairus’ house.

That tells us something about Jesus – Jesus cares. Here was a man who counted Jesus an enemy, a man who wanted to destroy and accuse Jesus along with the other Pharisees. When he said, “My little daughter,” Jairus touched the heart of Jesus and Jesus turned to go to his home even when he knew that the girl had died.

My dear friend, Jesus cares for you. No matter what has happened to you, no matter how good or bad you are, no matter who is with you or who has left you alone, no matter where you are in life, Jesus is willing to come home to take control of your situation. Jesus cares.

The crowds set off with Jesus, fascinated by this unexpected union of a synagogue leader and rabbi, Jesus. As they are walking to Jairus’ home something interesting happens here. 

Mark 5:25-28 

25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”

Now, stop and understand this woman. This woman was also in a very desperate situation. She desperately needed deliverance.

She was a woman, not much respected in the society. There was no one to bring her.
She had a terrible physical problem. Mark is sharply critical about the doctors that she suffered a great deal under the physicians. After years of treatment, she ended up losing all of her money. She is poor now.

The loss of blood for 12 years made her very weak. She hardly has any strength.

Moreover the issue of blood has made her ceremonially unclean. She could not be in a public gathering or touch anyone. Whenever she walked she had to shout ‘unclean’ so that others can keep away from her.

But she also heard about Jesus. She felt that if somehow I can reach Jesus I can be healed and made whole again. She felt this is the moment to be freed from every chain that entangled her – poverty, sickness, weakness, untouchability. But she has no one to take her to Jesus.

She however, gained all her strength and she just pressed herself through the crowd, reached Jesus and touched his garment, she achieves what she had hoped for. She received her miracle. 

Mark 5:29 

29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.She had not told this to anyone because it is such an embarrassing situation but Jesus knew someone has been healed.

Mark 5:30 

30At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” The disciples are amazed and said Jesus, “You see the people crowding against you and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

Jesus did not give up. He kept looking around to see who had done it. The woman comes up in front of him, greatly afraid, tells him the whole story. You see, Jesus being God knew who touched him. He knew this woman’s suffering for the last 12 years but Jesus wanted to make this public so that the people around him can see this example of great faith that gives freedom.

 Mark 5:33-34

33Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

When she touched the helm of Jesus’ garment she received power and healing initially, now Jesus gave her peace and freedom. This woman possessed faith that freed her.

Q. How many of you are in bondage, sickness, witchcraft, failure? You can be delivered now in Jesus’ name if you have faith. You may not be able to tell you condition to anyone, you may be ashamed of yourself but Jesus loves and today is the day of your liberation. Amen!

Now let’s return to the procession towards Jairus’ house. The delay over the woman has evidently proved disastrous for Jairus. Jairus feared the worst back home, he is getting impatient. He is probably saying in his heart, “Jesus we are losing time, my little daughter.” Soon news comes that Jairus’ daughter is dead. 

Mark 5:35 

35While Jesus was still speaking some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

Look at the contrast here: In front of Jesus is a woman who is rejoicing her deliverance after 12 years of sickness and adjacent standing is a father mourning the death of his 12-year-old little daughter. The woman is remembering her suffering for the last 12 years and rejoicing and Jairus is having a flashback of his daughter’s life for the last 12 years right in front of him. He is inconsolably crying over the loss of his little daughter.

Jesus responded 

Mark 5:36 

36Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Today I do not know with what pain you are sitting here. I do not know if you feel that time is running out in your life and probably, your breakthrough is taking much long. However, Today Jesus is saying this to you, “Don’t be afraid; just believe. I am going to do a miracle for you.”

Now, Jairus had just witnessed a lonely, sick, and shunned woman freed by faith, believing in Jesus. Jesus has so beautifully put the woman on the way so that Jairus can look at it and believe Jesus. Jesus knows his little girl has died but he wanted Jairus to have faith that frees his daughter from death. Moreover Jesus had made his intentions to heal Jairus’ daughter. He is travelling that way. When they started initially Jairus was happy and believing but Jesus is telling Jairus to keep on believing. Jairus you began well, you must not lose your faith now. Don’t give up even if your circumstances are against you.

Dear friend, Keep on Trusting Jesus. You may have circumstances against you but God is telling, keep on trusting, keep on believing. You are going to see the bondages freed in the name of Jesus. How many of you have this faith, shout an Amen!

Now the crowd hears it and knows that Jesus is going to perform a miracle and is increasing even more. Jesus prevents the crowd and takes only 3 of his disciples with him to Jairus’ house. 

Mark 5:37 

37He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James.

Finally Jesus reaches the house and saw a big commotion, people crying and wailing loudly. 

Mark 5:39-40a 

39went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 they laughed at him.

The Bible says Jesus pulled these people out of the room where the girl was and took the child’s father and mother and the disciples to where the girl was.

Why did Jesus stop the crowd, select a few of his disciples, and only take the parents in? He is just going to a miracle and for that he needs people who believe. Jesus is not pleased by unbelief but Jesus is moved by our faith.

Mark 5:40-41 

40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old).

Jesus did the ultimate miracle – Raised Jairus’ daughter from dead. Here is Jairus and his wife so happy because now they have their little girl alive and well just because they believed in Jesus.

I want to draw some truths out of this passage today.

  1. Jesus is the only solution.If you need a miracle, come boldly to Jesus like Jairus.
  2. If you come to Jesus, he is willing to come to your house today.
  3. There is no distinction with Jesus. Jesus equally cares for the rich and the poor, male and female. He cares for you.
  4. Jesus is not pleased by unbelief.
  5. Faith in Jesus can free us from any situation.

Don’t be afraid – but have faith

I do not know what your situations are today. how many times you have tried and failed. I do not know which doctor has written you off but I believe today is your miracle. Jesus is saying: Don’t be afraid – just believe, have faith.


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