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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood


Orders Not to Tell

Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat. (Mark 5:42,43, NIV)

“Immediately” is a word used more than 40 times in Mark. Sometimes it’s used simply as a connective — like the word “and.” Here, it signifies time — the response to Jesus’ command to “get up” meets with an instant response.

Jesus did not restore her gradually. She did not slowly awaken, blink her eyes and remain for a time in a semicomatose state. The life in Him filled her up while not exhausting the life that is in Him.

She stands and walks. Then, finally, Mark tells us her age — 12. Her age connects her to the bleeding woman who had suffered for 12 years (5:25-34).

The bleeding woman was healed through her faith; but the little girl had no faith since she was dead. It was the faith of another, her father, that brought Jesus to her.

You would think, in the wake of such a great miracle of raising from the dead Jairus’ daughter, that Jesus would want the news out far and wide. Why, then, the order not to tell anyone?

Jesus already was pressed by huge crowds. News of a resurrection would have brought a mass of desperate beseechers for Him to empty cemeteries. (One day He will do that — but not yet!) Jesus was determined to remain focused on teaching and inculcating Kingdom principles. He could not allocate all His time to miracles.

Further, Jesus did not want to lead the disciples or the crowd into false assumptions about the nature of His Messiahship or Kingdom. The “secret” of the Kingdom — that is, that the Kingdom now is internal and must be voluntarily received — would never be learned if His ministry consisted only of miraculous acts.

The practicality of Jesus is also seen in this incident when He orders that food be brought to the little girl. The order shows how complete the healing was — the little girl was able to resume normal life immediately. We never hear of her again. Perhaps she was known years later in the Early Church. People would say, “There’s Jairus’ daughter.” She would have been around 14 when Jesus was crucified. Did she go on to become one of His witnesses throughout her life? We will not know until the full story is told on the other side.

With the raising of this girl, the section from Mark 4:35 to 5:43 is ended. It contained a sampling of the four spheres in which Jesus shows power and authority: over nature, demons, illness and death.

One day, nature will be no more. The heavens and earth will vanish in fervent heat. One day, demons will be forever doomed, never again to oppose or afflict God’s people. One day, illness and death will be eternally banished.

What we have in these four great miracles is a glimpse of what the eternal Kingdom will be like. In performing these four miracles, Jesus moves the Kingdom future into the Kingdom present. It’s a tip-off for what things will be like in that Day.

Is His kingdom living in you today? If so, then you will be living in His kingdom in the age to come!

A prayer of response
Lord Jesus, I don’t know the rest of the story — either of the bleeding woman or Jairus’ daughter. I don’t know what they went on to do. I don’t know the rest of my story either. But I’m grateful You have power to raise all Your followers up at the last Day, and for all eternity the uncompleted stories will then be told.

GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

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