Verses 1-20, the healing of a demon-possessed man
In the cemetery a demon-tortured man (2 in Matthew) lived, when healed he begged Jesus to take him along with him.
By contrast, the pig herders who lost their revenue monetarily urged Jesus to leave their region.
Whom did Jesus leave behind to give an accurate accounting of God’s miraculous powers and glory?
Verses 21-43, a dead girl and a sick woman
As soon as the boat landed, a needy crowd gathered. Among them was Jairus whose 12 year old daughter was near death. Jesus agreed to see the girl, and on the way to Jairus’ house, a woman who had hemorrhaged for 12 years touched Jesus and was healed. Minister Steve Yates titled a sermon “The story of two daughters, the story of two twelves.”
Read Lev. 15:25, how might this type of isolation have affected this woman’s life? In your opinion how much courage and faith did this desperate woman possess to make it through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment?
When Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead, only her parents and Peter, James and John were present, and they were “completely astonished.” Recall a time the Lord completely astonished you in a time of need.
Summary Thought: The compassion of Christ is front and center in the graveyard, when the untouchable woman touched him, and beside the grieving parents.
Prayer Endings: In the name of Jesus who restores lives (vs. 15, 29, 42); In the name of Jesus, who brings healing to a graveyard (vs. 2)