by Keith Krell

Reach Out and Touch Someone
Keith Krell
Mark 5:24b-34

Have you ever felt alone and discouraged? Have you ever agonized through a sickness, a sin, or a personality trait that alienated you from people? Have you ever felt like an outcast or a reject? If so you'll be able to identify with the woman we'll look at in Mark 5. This message will not be the sweetest and tidiest Mother's Day sermon you've ever heard, but it may be one of the most memorable.

In the first half of Mark 5 (5:1-20) Jesus showed His great power by healing a demonized man. After Jesus healed this demoniac, the people became frightened and begged Jesus to leave their region. The demoniac pleaded with Jesus to let him join Him. But Jesus told him to go home to his own people and proclaim the great things that the Lord had done. Jesus then jumped in a boat and crossed over to the other side. As He reached the shore, Jairus, a synagogue official, ran up and fell at Jesus' feet and told Him that he had a twelve-year-old daughter that was at the point of death. He then begged Jesus to come and lay His hands on her so that she might be healed. Jesus agreed and began making His way toward the man's house (5:21-24a). We pick up our story in 5:24b where Mark writes: "and a large crowd was following Him and pressing in on Him." The phrase "a large crowd" is the same phrase used in Mark 6:34, 44 to describe the 5,000 people that Jesus fed. The size of this crowd is in the thousands. It was not a quiet scene. It was filled with talk, anticipation, and excitement. This observation will be important as we progress through this passage.

1. The woman's condition (5:25-26). All of a sudden, I can almost hear the words, "We now interrupt your regular scheduled reading for a late breaking news flash." Out of nowhere, a new story begins within a story. In 5:25-26 Mark writes: "A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that ...

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