St Mark 5 Reflections

The Gospel According to St Mark: Mark Chapter Five: Read here: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/mark/5?lang=eng

05 Jairus daughter

Christ Raising the Daughter of Jairus, by Greg K. Olsen

Jesus and His apostles finished crossing the sea and entered ‘into the country of the Gadarenes’ (Mark 5:1).

Jesus Cast out the Unclean Spirits from a man: Read Mark 5:8-20.

When the man with an unclean spirit saw ‘Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said,

“What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not”’ (vs. 6-7).

How do the devils know Jesus? We all knew Him in premortal life. When Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven, they still could remember being there. On the other hand, when we are born into mortality, we have a veil of forgetfulness placed upon us, so that we can learn to walk by faith in this life.

Jesus healed the men, commanding the unclean spirits to exit his body. He allowed them to enter the herd of swine, which then ‘ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea’ (vs 13).

The people of that city ‘began to pray him to depart out of their coasts’ (vs. 17).

‘And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him,

“Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”

‘And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel’ (vs. 18-20).

In this particular circumstance, Jesus asked the man to tell others the “great things the Lord hath done for thee.” Why did this man receive this instruction? 

As soon as Jesus had crossed the sea again, there were ‘much people gathered unto him’ (vs. 21).

Record of Jairus’s daughter being raised from the dead: Read Mark 5:22-42.

Jairus was one of the rulers of the synagogue. He petitioned Jesus to heal his sick daughter.

“My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live” (vs. 23).

Jesus followed Jairus through the crowds, and during that time the woman who touched His clothes was healed. While Jesus was still speaking with this woman, ‘there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said,

“Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?”

‘As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue,

“Be not afraid, only believe” (vs. 35-36).

Jairus had faith that the Lord could heal his daughter who had been at the point of death. It must have been very disheartening to hear from his kinsmen that she was now dead. How comforting it must have then been to have the encouraging words that Jesus spoke, “Be not afraid, only believe.”

Whether we or are loved ones are appointed unto death or not, we can take comfort in these words. If we believe in Christ, His gospel, His love, His atonement and death, His resurrection; if we believe in Christ, we do not need to fear. Just keep believing.

‘And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them,

“Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.”

‘And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her,

“Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.”

‘And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat’ (vs. 37-43).

When it is our turn to rise in the resurrection, we will hear the command, and we will also rise. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).

Record of woman being healed of her issue of blood: Read Mark 25-34.

A woman who had been afflicted with an issue of blood for twelve years, ‘And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague’ (vs. 26-29).

‘And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said,

“Who touched my clothes”’ (vs. 30)?

Have you ever given service in which you poured out part of your soul in offering love and aid to another? Have you ever felt exhausted because of the faith and energy required to offer others a spiritual gift from you? I think in some small way we have all felt virtue go out of us. When it is used to help someone else be made whole, isn’t that a marvelous thing?

‘And his disciples said unto him,

“Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?”

‘And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

‘And he said unto her,

“Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague” (vs. 31-34).

This woman knew if she could touch His clothes she would be healed. Do we know that if we can feel His love, we will also be healed? What do we need to do to feel His love?

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