Jesus’ early ministry was filled with miracles, many of them were healing miracles. In chapter five, Mark gives us three specific healing miracles that are all different.
The first twenty verses are about casting out a demon… actually a “legion” of demons from one single man. The fact that these demons recognized Jesus for who He was from far away will be the subject of another blog in the future. Never the less, this healing was taking a man that was as good as dead (cast out and useless to society) and removing that by casting out his demons. The result was magnificent. “And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.” (v 20)
Then a woman who had been hemorrhaging for 12 years simply touches His garment and is healed. Again this sort of medical condition made her one who was simply discarded from society. She too was as good as dead but Jesus healed her. Not only did He heal her physically, but also emotionally and socially. He publicly calls her daughter. “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (v 34)
Then we finally get to the actual raising from the dead. As he was heading to the house of a sick little girl, word came back that she had already died. Jesus simply said, “Do not fear, only believe.” (v 36b) He arrives at the house, takes only her family in with Him into her room and “Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.” (v 41-42)
Sometimes we read these incredible healings and think, why doesn’t God still do things like this… but He does. We have all heard of people who wake up from a coma or experience a sort of out of body near dead experience. Doctors will say that a certain procedure or action of theirs “brought them back” but if it were their actions, they would save more. God doesn’t heal all (this side of Heaven) but He does heal some. He can use His own Son, an Apostle like Paul or Peter, or an every day citizen like someone administering CPR.
But more than those apparent deaths, or the emotional or social deaths like the first two examples… Jesus heals us from the ultimate death that we deserve from our sins. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Believe, confess and be healed!