Mark Has Some Good News, Part 20, How To Plan Around Perfection

Mark 5:

Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus's Daughter

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. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I will be made well." 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my garments?" 31 And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, 'Who touched me?'" 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."

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.

It's amazing sometimes how often we get in the way of a perfect will. I mean how often do we dodge a chance to do God's will? Do we speak to everyone we know about Christ, do we even tell our neighbors? How about tithing? Do we tithe every paycheck recognizing where our fathers wallet is in our pants,

It's gracious of God to be so patient with us when we intentionally and unintentionally avoid God's will. And how powerful and sovereign of God to work good through our evil and disobedience, even our stupidity.

He doesn't seem to make us form lines for his grace. He doesn't make us work hard for his blessing. He bids us come but most importantly he comes for us. And the hard work that follows is us multiplying his grace in good works he prepared for us.

This is why an all knowing God did not push through the needy crowd to save the sick girl. Resting in his power he simply did all he could to help everyone. He would not let people just idly glance by their savior or miss him in a rush. He spent his time and pursued the sick and the lost denying no one. All while making his way to heal a sick girl.

What we should take away from this passage is the character of Jesus.

Perfectly caring, perfectly pursuing, perfectly saving. Jesus assures us in this passage of what he came to do and what he will do. His assurance comes with the heart of a friend who will not avoid us, will not forget us, and always comes for us when we call for him.