When Jesus Gives You Your Life Back

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel narrative of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as it was written and recorded by John Mark. More specifically, today’s passage is found in verses twenty-one through forty-three of the fifth chapter. When you come to this particular portion of Scripture you will find Jesus departing from the shores of the Gadarenes where he was met by a man who was possessed with an unclean spirit. This unclean spirit so tormented, oppressed and enslaved this man that there would be those who would seek to confine and bind him with chains and fetters. Scripture is entirely and altogether clear as to the nature of this unclean spirit and how the unclean spirit that was present within this man not only caused him to have his dwelling among the tombs among the dead, but also caused this man to be placed in chains and fetters in an attempt to confine and control him. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this and how incredibly important this truly is when you take the time to think about it, for when you read the previous passages of Scripture you will find how Jesus not only demonstrated His authority in the midst of a storm upon the sea, but also on the shores of the sea when He was met with and by a man who had an unclean spirit. No sooner had Jesus and His disciples departed from the ship that had previously been in the midst of the storm than they were met by a man who had an unclean spirit. I have previously written how Jesus seemed to be unmoved, untouched and unphased by unclean spirits, nor even by storms. It is truly something worth thinking about and considering when reading these passages of Scripture that there was such a great peace and such a great calm and quietness that was found present within the heart and mind of Jesus the Christ. To think that not only was Jesus able to sleep in the midst of the storm and then stand up in the midst of it and rebuke the wind and the waves that they cease their raging, but also speak to and command this unclean spirit to depart from this man demonstrates the awesome and incredible authority, peace, confidence, trust, quietness, rest, and calmness that was present within the heart, the mind, the spirit and the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

            The more I think about and consider the words which are found within these passages of Scripture the more I am brought face to face with the awesome and incredible truth that there was such a great peace and such a great calmness and quietness that was present within the heart and mind of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand this particular truth, for when we come to the words found in the passage of Scripture before us today we again find this demonstration and manifestation of peace, of confidence, of trust, and of rest that was found within the heart, the mind and the spirit of Jesus. If there is one thing we must see, recognize and understand when reading the words found in the four gospel narratives written concerning the life and ministry of Jesus it is the awesome and powerful truth that when we think and speak about the Lord Jesus Christ we must needs understand that within His person is the beautiful harmony of the authority of heaven and the authority of the kingdom and of the Father, as well as that peace which the apostle Paul wrote and spoke about passes all understanding. You cannot read the gospel narratives written concerning Jesus and not encounter and come to the place where you recognize and realize that the Lord Jesus was entirely and altogether unmoved by those situations, those circumstances and those events which He would face and experience throughout those three and a half years He was manifested in the public view as the Word which became flesh. It is impossible to read the gospel narratives and not be brought to the point and place where we see how Jesus was one who not only moved in the divine authority of the Father and of the kingdom of heaven, but also how Jesus was one who moved and walked in complete peace, complete trust, complete confidence, and complete rest in His identity as the beloved and begotten Son of the Father, as well as in His Father who was in heaven.

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the words which are found in the latter portion of the fifth chapter of the gospel narrative written by John Mark and I can’t help but find myself in complete and utter awe of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the opening portion of the fifth chapter we find Jesus exercising authority over the unclean spirit—and not only the unclean spirit, but also over the legion which was present in the midst of this man—as He not only commanded them to come out of this man, but He also commanded them and granted them permission to enter into the herd of swine which was present nearby. The passage and narrative describes how the same legion which caused this man to have his dwelling among the tombs and in the mountains, as well as to be bound with and by chains and fetters which he would rid himself of would cause the entire herd of swine totaling two-thousand to rush down the steep slope of the mountain and be choked and drowned in the midst of the sea. It’s actually quite astonishing and remarkable to think about and consider this—particularly when you think about and consider how there are those who would teach and those who would preach that when the flood came upon the face of the earth during the days of Noah and drowned and destroyed the giants which were present in the midst of the land the spirits of those giants would remain within and upon the earth and would become the unclean spirits which we encounter during the days and times of Jesus. It is truly something to think about and consider the fact that the living and eternal God would send a great flood upon the face of the whole earth that He might not only destroy everything that had the breath of life—save Noah, his wife, their three sons, the wives of their sons, and all those animals which were present aboard and within the ark. All other flesh which moved upon the face of the earth—including the giants which dwelt upon the earth—would all be drowned and consumed with and by the flood. As the flood waters raged upon the face of the earth there would be a work that would be done beneath the waters as not only would the living God destroy the wickedness of man upon the earth, but the living God would also destroy the giants which were born as a result of the union between the sons of God and the daughters of men.

            When you read the words found in the fifth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark you will find this legion of demons and unclean spirits possessing this herd of swine which was feeding nearby and choking and drowning them in the midst of the sea. It’s almost reminiscent of the man who met Jesus, Peter, James and John when they came down from the mountain where Jesus had been transfigured before them. Scripture reveals how when describing the nature of the unclean spirit which was present in the midst of his son this man described how the unclean spirit often threw him into the fire, as well as through him into the flood. It’s truly something interesting and worth thinking about and considering how in the narrative and account of this father who brought his son unto the disciples of Jesus had watched and witnessed as the unclean spirit which possessed and tormented his son would cast him into the fire and into the flood that he might destroy him. In the narrative and account which we find in the fifth chapter of the gospel narrative written by John Mark we find the legion of unclean spirits entering into the herd of swine which were feeding nearby and causing them to be cast into the sea. Not only did this legion of unclean spirits and demons cause this herd of swine to be cast into the sea, but they also caused this herd of sine to be choked and drowned in the midst of the sea. Oh it is truly something intriguing and interesting to think about and consider this particular reality, for it brings us face to face with the destruction nature of unclean spirits and those spirits which tormented, oppressed and possessed men and women during the days of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is absolutely no mistake about the nature of unclean spirits which were present during the days of Jesus, for these unclean spirits and demons would sorely vex, torment and oppress those which were present during these days and times.

            What makes this particular portion of Scripture so incredible powerful is when you think about and consider that Jesus had already stood in the midst of a storm which raged upon the sea and rebuked the wind and the waves bringing them to a complete still, and Jesus had already brought deliverance and freedom in the life of this man from the Gadarenes who had been possessed, tormented and oppressed by this legion of unclean spirits. As we come to and approach the words which are found within this passage of Scripture we encounter and come face to face with the truly awesome and powerful truth that Jesus had already stood in the midst of a storm and rebuked the wind and the waves as the peace, the quietness and rest that was present within Himself was manifested there in the midst of the sea. Not only this, but we also find the peace, the calmness and the rest that was found within the person of Jesus Christ being manifested within the heart, mind, soul and life of this man who was possessed, tormented and oppressed by this legion of demons and unclean spirits. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand this, for it calls and draws our attention to the undeniable truth that Jesus was entirely and altogether unmoved and unphased by those things which He encountered during His days. Please understand and recognize that what I mean by this is that Jesus was indeed the ultimate peacemaker, for He could step into any situation—regardless of what that situation and circumstance was like—and He could bring peace, quietness, stillness, calm and rest with a single word. The more you read the four gospel narratives the more you will encounter and be brought face to face with the fact that Jesus would and Jesus could indeed bring and speak peace into any situation simply by speaking a word, a phrase, or a sentence. Jesus would and Jesus could speak unto and in the midst of the situations and circumstances He encountered and faced and would in fact author peace within the hearts, the minds, the souls, the spirits, and the lives of those who would come unto Him in desperation with the needs present within their hearts and lives.

            I can’t help but look at and examine the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and encounter the awesome and powerful truth that when you read the words found here you will find Jesus having already rebuked a storm bringing everything to a complete still and calm, and Jesus had already rebuked an unclean spirit and legion of demons which had oppressed and tormented this man from the Gadarenes. Now what we find in this passage of Scripture is Jesus entering into the same ship He and the disciples had previously been in and passing over again to the other side where they had previously been. Upon coming and crossing over to the other side we find that much people gathered themselves unto him, and how he was nigh or near unto the sea. What makes the words found in this passage of Scripture so incredibly intriguing when you take the time to think about and consider it is when you read how just as a man from the Gadarenes came unto Jesus to meet Him when He had stepped out of the boat on the other side of the sea, so also would another come unto Him as He and His disciples would disembark from the ship. Just as Jesus and His disciples would be met with and by the man who had the unclean spirit as they stepped out of the ship on to the other side of the shore, so also would Jesus be met with and by this ruler of the synagogue who would come unto Him on behalf of His daughter. OH it is truly something interesting and unique to think about and consider the words which are found within the gospel narrative written by John Mark, for within this gospel you will find Jesus having spent a considerable amount of time in the synagogues which were present in the midst of Galilee. Within the opening chapters found within this gospel we find Jesus entering into the synagogues on the sabbath day, and how not only would He encounter one with an unclean spirit in the synagogue, and not only would He encounter a man with a withered hand, but Jesus would also encounter the religious spirits which were present in the midst of those synagogues.

            As we read the words found in the fifth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark we find Jesus entering into the ship with His disciples that they might pass over again to the other side. It would be as Jesus and His disciples would pass over again to the other side that they would not only be met by much people who gathered themselves unto Him as they stepped out of the ship, but He would also be met by one who would come unto Him in the midst of the crowd and in the midst of the multitude which was present there on the other side of the shore. John Mark writes and records how there came unto Jesus one of the rulers of the synagogues—Jairus by name—who upon seeing Jesus fell at His feet. There in the presence of Jesus Jairus besought Jesus greatly, saying, “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.” There is absolutely no denying the words which are found within this passage, for here we find a leader and ruler in the synagogue who would come unto Jesus—perhaps having listened to and heard Jesus speak in the synagogues on the sabbath. I can’t help but wonder if this man—this ruler of the synagogue—was present in the synagogue when Jesus had cast out the unclean spirit from the man who was present in the midst of the people. I can’t help but wonder if this ruler of the synagogue watched and witnessed as Jesus would not only heal the man with the withered hand, but would also rebuke those who were present as to whether or not it was lawful to do good on the sabbath day, as well as to give life. I can’t help but think about and consider the fact this ruler of the synagogue was present in the synagogue when Jesus would enter into and teach the people. There is not a doubt in my mind that this man would have heard the words which Jesus had spoken unto the people, and witnessed the works which Jesus would work among and in the midst of the people.

            WHEN RELIGION NEEDS JESUS! WHEN RELIGION FINDS ITSELF IN NEED OF JESUS! WHEN RELIGION COMES AND FALLS DOWN AT THE FEET OF JESUS! WHEN RELIGION ENTERS THE PRESENCE OF JESUS AND FALLS DOWN AT HIS FEET! What so absolutely and utterly fascinates me about the words which are found in this passage of Scripture is that more often than not we find Jesus rebuking the religious spirit that was present in the midst of the synagogues in the land of Galilee, and here we find and see a ruler of the synagogue coming unto Jesus in a place of desperation. This man would undoubtedly be among the great multitude and crowd that would gather themselves unto Jesus, and he would undoubtedly set himself apart and distinguish himself from the midst of the crowd as he would come into the presence of Jesus and fall down at His feet. This man was in a tremendous place of desperation as his little daughter was lying home on the verge of death, and he realized and recognized that the only hope for his little daughter was Jesus coming into his home, laying His hands on her, and healing her. Perhaps the single greatest truth that is found within this passage of Scripture in the fifth chapter is that both Jairus the ruler of the synagogue and the woman with the issue of blood who would make her way in the midst of the crowd of people that would throng Jesus as He was going unto Jairus’ house were both in a place of desperation. There is not a doubt in my mind that both Jairus and this woman with the issue of blood had undoubtedly thought of and tried everything they could do to change the situation and circumstances they found themselves in, and yet nothing they tried would work. Scripture is unclean whether or not Jairus consulted physicians and doctors to try and cure and bring healing to his little daughter, but we do know that in the case of the woman with the issue of blood she had spent all her money on physicians hoping they would be able to help her situation and the issue of blood. What makes the narrative of the woman with the issue of blood so incredibly challenging is that she had this condition for twelve years, and during those twelve years had spent all she had and exhausted all she had on doctors and physicians, but to  no avail.

            I read the words which are found within this passage of Scripture and I am brought face to face with the tremendous truth that this woman had this issue of blood for twelve years, thus indicating that this issue had begun during the days and times Jesus was upon the earth. It’s quite remarkable and interesting to think about and consider the fact that this woman developed this issue of blood within her physical body, and by the time she had come unto Jesus to touch the hem of His garment she had already exhausted all her resources, and perhaps even all her hope. What makes this even more captivating is when you think about the fact that Scripture doesn’t indicate at what point within and during the public life and ministry of Jesus Jairus would come unto Jesus, nor at what point in time this woman who had the issue of blood came unto Jesus. What we can be sure of is that Jairus’ daughter would be born unto he and his wife during those years when Jesus was living and dwelling among men as the Word made flesh, yet not yet being manifested. Not only this, but we also find this woman who had the issue of blood developing it at the same time this little daughter had been born unto Jairus and his wife. It’s actually quite interesting to read the words found in this passage and see this collision of twelve years, for this woman had developed this issue of blood within her physical body twelve years prior to drawing close enough to Jesus to touch the hem of His garment, and this little girl was born at the same time as this woman developed the issue of blood. What’s more, is that this little girl would be born and this woman would develop the issue of blood while the Word was indeed made flesh within and upon the earth, yet in obscurity. Pause for a moment and think about the fact that Jesus was thirty years old when He was publicly revealed and manifested in the midst of the earth, which suggests and implies that this little girl could have been born while He was only eighteen years of age. Moreover, this woman who had the issue of blood had developed it within her physical body at and around the same time when Jesus was around eighteen years of age.

            The words which are present before us in this passage of Scripture brings us face to face with the awesome and incredible truth that both this woman who had the issue of blood and this ruler of the synagogue would both find themselves in a place of desperation in the midst of the days and times Jesus was present upon the earth. Both this woman who had the issue of blood and this ruler of the synagogue would find themselves in a place of complete and utter desperation as they would have undoubtedly exhausted all their resources and had reached the point and place of desperation. There is not a doubt in my mind that both this woman who had the issue of blood and Jairus this ruler of the synagogue were in a place of sheer and utter desperation as they realized and recognized that they had absolutely nowhere else to turn. We know for a fact that this woman with the issue of blood had spent all that she had seeking medical attention and help from physicians, and yet instead of being made whole and becoming better she actually grew worse. Pause for a moment and think about and consider that just as this woman with the issue of blood had spent everything she had trying to make herself better, so almost might this ruler of the synagogue have attempted to enlist the help and assistance of physicians and doctors to bring healing to his little daughter who lie in bed on the verge of death. We know from the words which John Mark writes that this woman who had the issue of blood for twelve years had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. Oh we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this and how incredibly challenging it truly is, for there was undoubtedly a desperation that was found within the heart of this woman as she had consulted with many physicians, and had spent all she had on these physicians, and yet instead of growing better she actually grew worse.

            The more I read the narrative surrounding this woman with the issue of blood the more I am brought face to face with the truth that not only did this woman have an issue of blood within her physical body, but according to the Law of Moses this woman was and would have been entirely and altogether unclean. It would be very easy to read the words found in this passage of Scripture and focus solely on the fact that this woman had an issue of blood, and yet completely miss and lose sight of the fact that this issue of blood was more than simply a physical need within her body. There have been countless times when I have read the words which are recorded in this passage of Scripture and have focused solely on the fact that this woman simply had an issue of blood and had suffered many things at many physicians, and yet not only did not grow better, but rather grow worse. The truth of the matter concerning this woman with the issue of blood is that not only was there something going on within and inside her physical body, but that which was present within her physical body would indeed make her unclean according to the Law of Moses. This woman who had the issue of blood was ceremonially unclean according to the Law of Moses, and anyone who came in contact with her would themselves be entirely and altogether unclean. Oh I am convinced that in order to truly understand the significance of that which is found within this passage of Scripture it is necessary to read and consider the words which are found in the Old Testament—those words which are found in the very Law of Moses. If there is one thing we must needs realize and understand concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ is that while it is indeed true that He came to bring deliverance from the bondage, the oppression and tormenting of unclean spirits, and while it is indeed true that Jesus came to open blinded eyes, open deaf ears, cause the lame to walk again, cure all manner of sickness and disease—it is also very much true that Jesus came to undo and reverse that which would make men and women unclean according to the Law of Moses.

            As you read the words which are found within the gospel narratives written and recorded by the gospel authors you will find that time and time again Jesus did more than simply bring healing to those who were in need of physical healing within their bodies. It would be easy to read the gospel narratives and consider the fact that Jesus simply brought healing to those who needed healing, brought deliverance to those who needed deliverance, and raised from death to life those whom He would speak the words that would give them life. The truth of the matter, however, is that Jesus would indeed do more than simply bring healing, deliverance and resurrection, for Jesus would completely and entirely undo and reverse that which would cause men and women to be unclean according to the Law of Moses. You cannot read the gospel narratives without encountering and coming face to face with the fact that Jesus would indeed and would in fact bring cleansing to lepers—those who were considered to be unclean according to the Law of Moses. With the narrative and case of this woman with the issue of blood we find Jesus doing more than simply healing her physical body, but also bringing wholeness and cleansing within and upon her. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of just how incredible and tremendous this truly is, for it calls and draws our attention to the awesome and powerful truth that this woman experienced more than simply an issue of blood within her physical body. This woman—by very nature of the issue of blood within her—would be unclean according to the Law of Moses, and would undoubtedly have found it incredibly difficult to experience fellowship, experience relationship, and even intimacy. Oh I can’t help but wonder what it was like for this woman who had the issue of blood—and not only have this issue of blood, but to also have it for twelve years. I wonder what it was like when she first recognized and discovered this issue of blood, and how she felt and what she thought upon discovering it.

            I am convinced that in order to truly understand the full weight, magnitude and scope of the public life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ—specifically how He would reverse the curse of the Law within people’s lives, and how He would make men and women clean according to the Law of Moses—we must needs turn and direct our attention to the words which are found in the Old Testament books which were written by Moses. It is the words which we find within these Old Testament books that bring us face to face with the fact that some of the very things which the LORD revealed unto Moses in the Law would be some of the very things which would be at the forefront and center stage of the public ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s interesting to read and consider the words which Jesus spoke concerning the Law and the prophets, and how Jesus declared He came not to abolish the Law or the prophets, but rather to fulfill them. We know that Jesus would perfectly fulfill the Law of Moses within His own person and being, however, something else that is interesting to think about and consider concerning the Law is how Jesus could very well have fulfilled the Law of Moses by bringing healing, cleansing and wholeness to those who would have been considered unclean according to the Law of Moses. What we must needs recognize and understand is that during the days and times in which Jesus walked upon the earth—not only did Jesus bring physical healing within the lives of men and women whom He would interact with, but Jesus would also bring cleansing to men and women according to the Law of Moses. There were countless men and women who would live their lives unclean according to the Law of Moses, and the physical need within their body was more than simply that which needed to be healed and cleansed, but something that needed to be removed that they might be able to experience and enjoy fellowship, relationship and intimacy once more. With this in mind, consider if you will the following words which are found in the Old Testament book of Leviticus concerning leprosy and the laws of leprosy, as well as issues of blood and the laws concerning issues of blood:

            “And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When any man hath a running issue out of his flesh, because of his issue he is unclean. And this shall be his uncleanness in his issue: whether his flesh run with his issue, or his flesh be stopped from his issue, it is his uncleanness. Every bed, whereon he lieth that hath the issue, is unclean: and every thing, whereon he sitteth, shall be unclean. And whosoever toucheth his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And he that sitteth on any thing whereon he sat that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bath himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And he that toucheth the flesh of him that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And if he that hath the issue spit upon him that is clean; then he shall wash his clothes, and bath himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And what saddle soever he rideth upon that hath the issue shall be unclean. And whosoever toucheth any thing that was under him shall be unclean until the even: and he that beareth any of those things shall wash his clothes, and bath himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And whomsoever he toucheth that hath the issue, and hath not rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes, and bath himself in water, and be unclean until the eveng. And the vessel of earth, that he toucheth which hath the issue, shall be broken: and every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water. And when he that hath an issue is cleansed of his issue; then he shall number to himself seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and shall be clean. And on the eighth day he shall take to him two turtledoves, or two young piegons, and come before the LORD unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and give them unto the priest: and the priest shall offer them, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD of his issue. And if any man’s seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the ven. And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the seed of copulation, shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the even. The woman also with whom man shall lie with seed of copulation, they shall both bath themselves in water, and be unclean until the even” (Leviticus 15:1-18).

            “And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even. And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean. And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And if it be on her bed, or on any thing whereon she sitteth, when he toucheth it, he shall be unclean until the even. And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean. And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation: all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean. Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation. And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. But if she be cleansed of her issue, then she shall number to herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean. And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for her before the Lord for the issue of her uncleanness” (Leviticus 15:19-30).

            PUT APART SEVEN DAYS! ALL THE DAYS OF HER UNCLEANNESS! SHE SHALL BE UNCLEAN! Oh it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand the words which are found within this passage of Scripture, for the words which are presented before and unto us in the Old Testament book of Leviticus adds an entirely different level and meaning behind the woman with the issue of blood. If and as you read the words found in this chapter you will find that a woman would be unclean during the days of her monthly purification, and would be unclean for seven days. During that time—anything she touched, or anything that touched her, or which touched that which she had sat on or slept on would be unclean. What makes this passage so incredibly astounding and remarkable when you take the time to think about it is that the LORD not only speaks about that issue of blood which was standard and would last seven days, but the LORD also spoke of that issue of blood which would extend beyond the normal issue of blood. Oh there would be the issue of blood that would take place every month within the physical body of a woman, and it would be during those days this woman would indeed and would in fact be unclean. What makes the words found in this passage all the more intriguing is when you think about and consider the fact that there was another issue of blood—one that would extend beyond the normal seven days in a given month. In the Law of Moses the LORD spoke of that issue that would and could possibly extend beyond the normal seven days of uncleanness, however, it isn’t until we come to the gospel narratives where we encounter an ultimate extreme concerning this particular matter. In the Old Testament book of Leviticus we find the LORD speaking about that issue of blood which would extend beyond the normal seven days of uncleanness, however, the LORD doesn’t speak of any particular length of time beyond simply those seven days. The only thing the LORD mentions is that it was possible for a woman to have an issue of blood that extended beyond the normal seven days, and how that continued issue of blood would indeed and would in fact make her unclean all the days of that issue.

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the fact that this woman who had the issue of blood would indeed and would in fact have it for a total of twelve years. Oh it would have been one thing for this woman to have this issue of blood for the standard seven days which were customary each month during the year, which would equate to a total of twelve times during the year. Normally a woman would be unclean twelve times during the course of a given year, for there would be twelve specific times when this woman would indeed and would in fact be clean. A total of eighty-four days out of the year a woman would be unclean because of the issue of blood—that which was normal and that which was customary and standard for a woman. What makes the narrative of the woman with the issue of blood in the gospels so incredibly captivating is when you think about and consider the fact that this woman didn’t merely have an issue of blood for seven days, nor even for thirty days, nor even for a full year. This woman had this issue of blood for a full twelve years, and would spend twelve years in a state of being unclean according to the Law of Moses. For twelve years this woman would be unclean according to the Law of Moses, and anything she sat upon and/or anything she slept upon would be entirely and altogether unclean. Not only this, but anyone who came in contact with her during this period of uncleanness would themselves be unclean. Of course we know that those who came in contact with this woman would have been unclean until the even and would have had to not only wash their clothes, but also bathe themselves in water while being unclean until the even. Pause for a moment and think about the fact that as if it wasn’t bad enough for this woman to have the issue of blood and be unclean—anyone who came in contact with her would also themselves be entirely and altogether unclean. This woman would have been entirely and altogether unclean for a period of twelve years, and during those twelve years anyone or anything that came in contact with her would be unclean.

            What I absolutely love about the narrative of this woman is that while it is indeed true that the power and virtue which flowed from Jesus’ person into her physical body would dry up the fountain of her blood, there would be something else that would take place within the physical body and life of this woman. We know that Jesus would heal this woman within her physical body and would completely and entirely dry up the fountain of blood which had been running for twelve years. What Jesus did for this woman was so much more than stopping this issue of blood which had been running for twelve years. That which Jesus did for this woman was actually give her her life back as He would make her clean according to the Law of Moses. Having spent twelve years being unclean according to the Law of Moses Jesus would not only heal this woman of that uncleanness, but Jesus would also restore the life of this woman unto her once more. Oh stop and think about the fact that within this narrative and passage of Scripture we find Jesus restoring and giving life back on two different fronts and in two different realms. ON the one hand we find Jesus giving this woman who previously had the issue of blood her life back by not only drying up the fountain of her blood, but also cleansing her and making her clean according to the Law of Moses. No longer would this woman be unclean according to the Law of Moses, and no longer would this woman cause others to be unclean simply by coming in contact with them, or they coming in contact with her. No longer would this woman make unclean the bed in which she slept, or those chairs upon which she sat. No longer would this woman cause that which was around her—regardless of whether she touched it, or whether it touched her—to be unclean according to the Law of Moses.

            Oh I can’t help but wonder what it was like for this woman as she not only realized that the fountain of blood had been dried up within her physical body, but also that she had been made clean and whole simply by touching the hem of the garment of Jesus. We know from the words which are found in this passage of Scripture that John Mark writes and records how as soon as this woman touched the hem of Jesus’ garment—immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. It was upon touching the hem of the garment of Jesus this woman would feel within her body that the fountain of her blood was dried up and that she had been healed of the plague which was present within her. What makes this all the more astonishing and remarkable when you take the time to think about and consider it is when you think about the fact that when this woman realized what had taken place within her body, and when she realized that Jesus was calling for and inviting her to come forward and into His presence, she would come fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her. This woman knew what had taken place within her physical body and would come falling down before Jesus, and told Him of what had taken place within her physical body. I absolutely love how Jesus responds to the words which the woman had spoken unto Him, for not only did Jesus call and address her as “Daughter,” but Jesus also declared unto her that her faith had made her whole. Moreover, Jesus also declared unto this woman and instructed her to go in peace, and be whole of her plague. Oh I can’t help but wonder what it was like for this woman to not only be whole of her plague, but also to depart from the presence of Jesus being entirely and altogether clean according to the Law of Moses. Imagine what it must have been like for this woman to not only be healed and whole of her plague, but to also be made clean according to the Law of Moses. I wonder what it was like that night as she slept in her bed for the first time knowing that it would not be made unclean because she slept in it. I wonder what it was like waking up the next morning without seeing any blood within and upon the bed in which she had slept.

            Scripture is entirely and altogether unclear whether or not this woman was married, or whether or not she was betrothed to a man, or whether or not she was in relationship with a man, however, I can’t help but wonder what relationships were like for this woman from here on out. What was it like for this woman after this encounter with the person of the Lord Jesus Christ as she would no longer be unclean according to the Law of Moses, and as she would no longer make and cause others to be unclean. After this woman had touched the hem of the garment of Jesus the fountain of her blood was dried up and she was healed of her plague. Not only this, but Jesus would declare unto her that her faith had made her whole, and instructed her to go in peace and be whole of her plague. Oh I wonder if this woman would immediately go unto the priest at the Temple and present the offering that was customary according to the Law of Moses for her cleansing. Did this woman immediately go unto the Temple of the LORD and bring that which would be a burnt offering and that which would be a sin offering for her that atonement might be made for her. Oh it’s possible that on this day—not only was this woman healed and made whole of her plague, but it might also be true that atonement was made for her according to the Law of Moses. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of how incredible this narrative and account truly is, for it calls and draws our attention to the awesome and powerful truth that what Jesus did for this woman was more than simply heal and make her whole of the plague which was present within her physical body. What Jesus did for this woman was give her her life back, as no longer would she have to worry about causing others around her to be unclean. No longer would this woman have to worry about causing that which she touched and that which she came in contact with to be unclean.

            IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR LIFE BACK! IT’S TIME TO BE WHOLE OF YOUR PLAGUE! I cannot help but think about and consider the words which are found within this passage of Scripture and consider how Jesus did indeed and did in fact heal and make this woman whole of the plague which had caused her to be unclean, but Jesus also restored her life unto her once more. Having spent the last twelve years with an issue of blood which would not only make her unclean, but which might have also caused her to be unable to experience and enjoy true relationship, true fellowship and true intimacy. I can’t help but think about the fact that what Jesus did for this woman was more than simply heal her of her plague, and more than simply making her clean according to the Law of Moses, but would also give her a new lease on life. I would imagine that this woman would experience and enjoy life in an entirely different realm after this encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, for she would freely move among men and women once more without the threat and concern of her making them unclean. What’s more, is I can’t help but wonder how many times this woman tried hiding and concealing this issue of blood when she went out into the midst of the streets, into the marketplace, and those places within whatever town or village she lived in. How many times had this woman sought to hide and conceal the issue which was present within her physical body, and how often had that hindered and prevented relationship and intimacy with others? How many times had this woman been forced to perhaps distance and separate herself from those which were before and around her because of the issue that was present within her physical body. We know that the physicians she consulted were aware of the issue of blood that was present within her physical body, however, Scripture is entirely and altogether unclear whether or not those who knew this woman were aware of the issue that was present within her physical body. Scripture provides no context, nor any framework for this woman and what relationships were like for her as she would spend twelve years with an issue in her physical flesh—one that would make her unclean according to the Law of Moses.

            Oh the more I think about and the more I consider the words which are found in this passage of Scripture the more I am brought face to face with the awesome and powerful truth that what Jesus did for this woman was more than simply heal her of the plague which was present within her physical body, but Jesus would also cause this woman to be clean according to the Law of Moses. Having not only been made whole of her plague, but also being made clean according to the Law of Moses this woman would now be given a brand new lease on life—one that would allow her to freely experience relationship and intimacy once more. I would absolutely love to know what life was like for this woman after she departed from the presence of Jesus and as she went unto her home. Would this woman look at and view life in an entirely new and different fashion now as Jesus had essentially restored life unto her? If there is one thing the Scriptures don’t have and yet which I can’t help but wonder is what life was like for men and women after their encounter with Jesus. We know that this woman had an issue of blood which had lasted twelve years and that she had spent all she had going to many physicians and instead growing better grew worse as she suffered many things as a result of going to them for help. We know that when this woman touched the hem of Jesus’ garment she was made whole of her plague and that she would now be clean in the sight of and according to the Law of Moses, and we know that Jesus instructed her to go in peace and to be whole of her plague. Imagine what it was like for this woman to depart from the presence of Jesus having been made whole of her plague, having been made clean according to the Law of Moses, and having had her life restored unto her. What a truly awesome and remarkable testimony this woman would have had as she departed from the presence of Jesus and would be able to return to her home whole of the plague that was present within her physical body, and made clean according to the Law of Moses.

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and I am absolutely gripped and captivated with the fact that this woman was given her life back after Jesus made her whole of her plague, and made her clean according to the Law of Moses. What’s more, is that Jesus would also give Jairus and his wife their little daughter back, for this passage will record and reveal how while Jesus was finishing His interaction with this woman who had the issue of blood Jairus received word that his daughter had died and that there was no need to trouble the Master any longer. Jairus had come unto Jesus while his daughter was at home lying in bed on the verge of death, and there would come a point when Jairus would receive word that his little daughter had died. This is truly something worth thinking about and considering, for I can’t help but wonder what went through the heart and mind of Jairus when he heard that his little daughter of just twelve years of age had died. In that moment did Jairus grow angry and bitter because of the delay that took place when this woman with the issue of blood had touched the hem of Jesus’ garment? In that moment did Jairus suffer from discouragement, hopelessness, fear, anxiety and so much more hearing that his daughter had died? Oh I would love to know the wide range of emotions and thoughts that would flood the heart, mind and soul of this particular ruler of the synagogue. What we know for sure is that after Jairus had heard and received report that his daughter had died Jesus immediately spoke unto him and instructed him to be not afraid and to believe. Essentially that which Jesus did within the heart and life of this man was expel and drive out fear and doubt within his heart, for nothing is over until Jesus says and determines it’s over. Jesus was still willing to come with Jairus—even after and in spite of the fact that he had received report that his daughter had died. Jesus heard the report that had been brought unto this man, and yet Jesus was entirely and altogether unphased and unmoved by the report, for Jesus knew what He was going to do. Oh how absolutely remarkable and astonishing it is to think about and consider the fact that Jesus would hear the words which were spoken unto Jairus, and yet He immediately instructed him not to fear, but only believe and trust in Him.

            John Mark records that at this point Jesus suffered no man to follow Him save Peter, James and John, and how they came unto the house of the ruler of the synagogue. Upon coming to the house Jesus saw, witnessed and beheld the great tumult that was present at the house and those who wept and wailed at the death of this little girl. Undoubtedly it was a heightened sense of despair, discouragement, sorrow, anguish and grief that was present surrounding the death of this little girl, and yet when Jesus showed up He immediately asked what all the commotion was about and why they were weeping. Moreover, Jesus would declare unto those who were present that this little girl was not dead but was merely sleeping. John Mark goes on to record how those who were present would transition themselves from weeping to laughing when they heard the words which Jesus had spoken unto them, for they could not believe the words which Jesus had spoken. Oh how incredibly intriguing it is to think about and consider the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and how those which were present would be found weeping when Jesus, Jairus, Peter, James and John would show up, and how that weeping would be turned and transformed into laughter when Jesus showed up and declared that this girl was not dead but merely sleeping. What a truly astonishing thing it is to think about and consider the words found in this passage for Jesus, Jairus and three of the disciples would show up to much weeping and wailing, and all that would shift and transition to laughing because of the words Jesus spoke. Undoubtedly those which were present could not and did not believe the words which Jesus had spoken unto them, and therefore they not only laughed at Jesus, but laughed Him to scorn—almost as when Sara had laughed when she was told that she would bear a son according to the word of the LORD.

            As I prepare to bring this writing to a close I find it absolutely and incredibly interesting to read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and consider how the crowd and group of people which were present here would initially be weeping and wailing at the death of this young girl, and how that weeping and wailing would quickly transition to laughing and scorn when Jesus dared declare unto them that this little girl was not dead but merely slept. Scripture records and reveals how when Jesus had put all those which were present in the house out he took Jairus, his wife, and the three disciples who were with Him, and entered into the room where the damsel was lying. Immediately Jesus took this little girl by the hand, and spoke unto her, saying, “Talitha cumi,” which translated means, “Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.” What we find and what we read again is truly awesome and powerful, for Mark writes and records how the damsel arose, and walked, for she was of the age of twelve years. Mark goes on to write and record how those present were astonished with a great astonishment, for this little girl whom they all wept and wailed over because they thought she was dead would actually rise form the bed upon which she had been lying and would walk. Oh I can’t help but wonder what it was like when this little girl walked out of that room together with her parents, as well as with Jesus and His disciples. It is truly something awesome and powerful to think about and consider the fact that this little girl would not only rise from the bed upon which she was lying, but would also walk with Jesus, her mother and father, and those three disciples who were with Him. How truly astonishing it is to think about and consider the fact that within this passage we find Jesus giving this woman with the issue of blood her life back, and Jesus would also give Jairus and his wife their daughter back. On the same day—perhaps only a matter of a couple hours apart—not only did Jesus give this woman her life back, thus giving her a new lease on life, but Jesus would also give Jairus and his wife their daughter back whom others thought was dead. What a truly awesome and powerful truth this actually is when you take the time to think about it, for it is absolutely amazing to think about and consider the fact that Jesus would heal one woman of her plague while just a short while later raise up a little girl from death to life.

THE JESUS WHO GIVES YOU YOUR LIFE BACK! THE JESUS WHO GIVES LIFE BACK! The words which we find in this passage of Scripture are truly astonishing and captivating when you think about the fact that within this portion of the text we find Jesus giving life back. Although it would be manifested in two different arenas we find Jesus giving this little girl her life back as he would command her to rise, and Jesus would give this woman with the issue of blood her life back as He would heal her of the plague which was present within her physical body. In the same portion of the text we find Jesus restoring life and giving life back—in the physical and natural sense in raising Jairus’ daughter from death to life, and in the figurative sense in restoring life unto the woman who had the issue of blood. Oh how absolutely wonderful and beautiful it is to read the words found within this passage of Scripture and encounter the awesome and powerful truth of Jesus who is willing to restore and give life back—not only life back from death, but also give life back in the sense of giving someone an entirely and brand new lease on it. Jesus would give this woman with the issue of blood her life back by making her whole of her plague, by making her clean according to the Law of Moses, and by allowing her to freely experience fellowship, relationship and intimacy from that day and that moment forward. Jesus would give Jairus and his wife their little girl back as He would raise her up from death to life and would give her back unto them fully and very much alive. Oh what a truly wonderful and powerful truth this is when you take the time to think about it, for Jesus would indeed and would in fact restore life unto these who were present in this text—the one He would give life back in the physical and natural sense from death to life, while the other He would grant her an entirely new lease on life as she would be able to enjoy life which had been entirely and altogether absent for twelve years. What a beautiful place it must have been for this woman to have spent twelve years living in a place of uncleanness and separation from those before and all around her, and now she is able to be whole, cleansed, and experience relationship and fellowship with others once more.

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