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Daddy's Little Girl (12 of 17)
Mark 5:22-24, 35-43
This is our third visit to Mark 5. It has well been called the Bible home for incurables. It begins with the account of the Lord Jesus casting the demons out of the man named Legion. It continues with the account of the woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years. Jesus miraculously healed her. It now concludes with the miracle of Jesus bringing back from the dead the little daughter who was twelve years old. In my mind this is probably the most remarkable of all of the miracles because it deals here with the finality of death. Here was a little girl who was the darling girl of a man named Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue. She was a little girl, only twelve. Her life was before her and yet death snatches her away. That's a reminder to us that death is no respecter of persons. The old must die. The young may die. I remember several years ago I was walking through a country cemetery. I came across a grave of a 15-year-old boy. On the tombstone of that boy's grave were these words: ''Remember, young men, as you pass by, as you are now so once was I. As I am now, soon you shall be. Therefore prepare to follow me.''
Graves are all sizes. When you go to the cemetery you find graves for those who are old. You find graves for those who are middle aged and you find graves for those who are young.
As you read this passage of Scripture there are several main characters. There are some bit players along the way. There are the messengers who come and bring the sad news. They are not even given names. There are the disciples of the Lord Jesus - Peter, James and John - the Big Three of the disciples. Then there were the professional musicians. It's kind of like the New Testament version of the Grateful Dead doing a funeral gig. These are the minor players in the part.
There are three main characters in this miracle. There's the father - Jairus. There's the Savior - the Lord Jesus Christ. Then th ...
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