Eyewitness: pp. 92, 93
Eyewitness Stories: Matthew 9:18-34 and Mark: 5:25-34
In Your Bible: Matthew 9:18-24 and Mark: 5:25-34
In the Gospels there are many accounts of Jesus performing miraculous healings. In two of these healings, Jesus made an odd comment. Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone about this.
Jarius’s Daughter Healed
While Jesus taught, a synogogue official named Jarius came, knelt before him, and earnestly pleaded, “My little daughter is dying, but if you will come lay your hand on her, she will live” (Mark 5:22,23 Eyewitness Stories).
His faith in Jesus’s capability superseded his standing in the Jewish community. Yes, he was desperate. His persistent approach to the teacher astonished the crowd.
At Jarius’s home, Jesus made everyone leave except the parents and three disciples (James, John and Peter). Jesus raised the little girl who had died. He then requested food for her to eat. Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened (Mark 5:43a Eyewitness Stories.) The Gospel of Matthew states many did tell about this and the news spread throughout the area.
Two Blind Men Healed
Just after Jesus healed this little girl, two blind men followed him. They cried out, “Son of David, have mercy on us” (Eyewitness Stories Matthew 9:27). Jesus watched the blind men make their way to him inside the house. Then he asked, “Do you believe I can make you see?”
“Yes,” they answered. “We do.” (Eyewitness Matthew 9:28). Then Jesus touched their eyes and they were healed according to the faith of each man. In a demanding tone, Jesus said, “Do not tell anyone about this” (Matthew 9:30a Eyewitness Stories).
Prayer: Father, thank you for Jesus’ amazing miracles. Thank you that when you do wonderful things for me, I can tell everyone about it and spread the glorious news of your power and love.
Questions: Why do you think Jesus met alone with some of those he chose to heal? Ponder being alone with Jesus, pleading your crushing need – does this help you better understand the hopeless who came to Jesus? How do the miracles help inspire you?