All Your Trust In Jesus (St. Mark 5:21-43)
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Trinity Lutheran Church
1 July 2012 Murdock, NE
+ Jesu Juva +
An administrator of the synagogue and a bleeding woman: they look to Him for help! For all their good! For refuge in their time of need! They trust and believe in Him with their whole heart! They cling to Him alone! As God! God for all and most especially God for them!
Large crowds, sickness, 24-7-365 twelve-year bloodstains and yes, not even death, keep Jairus and a woman away from their God! They trust the promise from Lamentations: “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness [LORD].” They both believe that “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him,” and that, “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” (Lamentations 3:22-25)
But here’s the shocker! The shocker of all shockers! The LORD in whom they believe –in whom they put all their trust – to whom they look for all their good — is none other than the preacher: Jesus!
Yes, that’s right, Jesus! The same Jesus whose family was ready to lock up in a rubber room and straight jacket for life because they truly believed he was “out of his mind,” with His Messiah mania (Mark 3:21)! The same Jesus who was accused by the religious big wigs as being possessed by Satan (Mark 3:22)! Yes, the same Jesus that the Gerasenes ordered out of their county (Mark 5:17) after all their pigs drowned because of the exorcism He conducted!
Father Jairus and the bleeding woman cling to God – LORD God in the flesh – who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven God – Jesus! All the fullness of the deity dwells in the very body of the preacher: Jesus! Jesus is the “you shall have no other gods before me” First-Commandment-God! Jesus is the First-Commandment-God whom sinners are to fear, love, and trust above all things!
So father Jairus seeks God! Finds Him and “falls at” Jesus’ “feet,” and prays: “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” The hemorrhaging woman who had suffered so much even under the care of doctors so that her flow of blood got worse, not better, audaciously dares to seek God. So she “comes up behind” God-Jesus and “touches his cloak because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes I will be healed.’” Incredibly, she is healed. The 12 years of endless hemorrhaging ends!
She’s very precious to Him! So He asks: “Who touched my clothes?” He looks for the person who dared to put all her trust in Him! In her fear and trembling she falls at His feet and tells Him the truth. “I touched you!” Then Jesus unloads a shocker: “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
He calls her “daughter,” not woman or honey or Missy! That’s huge! She’s part of the family now! The family of redeemed sinners! For whom He has come to save through His ministry! His service for sinners that climaxes on a Friday we all call “Good”!
Good because on that Friday, hanging from the Tree, He can’t stop bleeding! He hemorrhages! Bleeds out! From His head, hands, feet and side! The blood flows and flows and flows! Divine Blood! The very Blood of God! For her, for you, and for the world! For her cleansing! For your purification! For your salvation! “The blood of Jesus cleanses from all sin,” (1 John 1:7)!
Along the way, as Jesus took time for this “daughter,” Jairus gets word that his little girl has died.
Can you imagine the heartache? If only Jesus would have hurried and not been bothered by the woman! But now it’s too late! And so “why bother the teacher any more? There’s really nothing more that can be done except to plan for a funeral!”
Jesus, of course, pays no attention to such talk! He will have His say! He will have the final word! Not the messengers of bad news! And certainly not death itself! “Don’ be afraid Jairus,” Jesus tells the ruler. “Only believe! Yes, that’s right, here’s the one thing in the world that I want from you. It is spelled F-A-I-T-H! Trust me Jairus! Even with your little girl’s death! You can trust me that far and even more!”
And then they’re off to Jairus’ house. Loads of commotion! Everyone crying their eyes out! Perhaps you know exactly what that’s like. I do. I will never forget that June 1, 2009 hot afternoon of June 1, 2009, at the Elmwood baseball field when Chris Ita ran over a fence pole, jumped out of her car and wailed: “Robin, Jake is dead! He’s been killed in a crash!” The shock! The immense, enormous heartache of a mother who lost her son!
And so too with Jairus! But there stands Jesus! God in the flesh Jesus! He will have His say. And He does! Listen! “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”
What are we to do with a sermon like that? Especially when the child is as dead as a doornail? Stone-cold dead? We are to believe it! Trust it! As the very Word of Him who spoke at the beginning! “Let there be!” And there was! “The child is not dead but asleep.” But most of the people there “laughed at” the sermon and the idiot who preached it! Everyone knows that dead is dead! It’s not sleep! There’s no chance of waking up!
Jesus wasn’t joking! He was in no mood for that. He meant what He said! The little girl is very precious to Him! Death does not have its way her! Jesus does! Death does not have the final say over her! Jesus does!
So He puts out all those whose crying has morphed into unbelieving, ridiculing, disparaging, riotous laughter. He invites Mom, Dad, Peter, James, and John to go with Him into the girl’s room. He takes her by the hand – touches the unclean corpse! – and speaks to her in her own Aramaic language: “Talitha koum! Precious little girl, I say to you, get up!”
She too is His “daughter!” His words do exactly what they say. “Immediately, she stands up, walks around the room,” and they give her a sandwich. Then He gives strict order to keep all this under wraps! Don’t speak of it!
Very odd! Why? Because the biggest miracle of all is yet to come! I spoke of it earlier. Bloody Calvary! Bloody Good Friday! The divine Blood that leaks and oozes out of His Body for our forgiveness and cleansing from sin! Where death is swallowed up in His sacrificial death! Where death is put to death in His dying! For He is the Resurrection and the Life! For you!
Jesus has reached out and touched you with His Blood in the water of your Baptism! Given you a new name: sons and daughters in the family of God Himself! Jesus really gives you His Good Friday Body and Blood into your mouths for the cleansing of all the impurity of your sin. From there Jesus allows us to speak. “As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup YOU PROCLAIM! YOU PREACH! YOU PROCLAIM the Lord’s DEATH – His Good Friday death that counts for you until he comes in glory on the Last Day,” (1 Corinthians 11:26)!
No need to be afraid! Jesus can be trusted with anything and everything! All your sicknesses! All your diseases! All your sin! And yes, even with you death. It’s only a sleep! The grave is only a bed. And on the Last Day Jesus will talitha koum you too! He will take you by the hand and say: “Wake up sleepy head! It’s time to get up! Resurrection Day!” Just as I promised!
Can you imagine the joy and astonishment then? I can’t wait! “Because of the LORD [Jesus’]’ great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness [Jesus]! The LORD [Jesus] is my portion; therefore I will wait for him!” (Lamentations 3:22-25)
In the Name of Jesus.