WEARING THE NAME
“He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.” Mark 5:43.
This is the last verse of Mark’s story of how Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead. Why on earth did He tell her parents not tell anyone what had happened? Surely it was clear to everyone that He had done a miracle?
It wasn’t the miracle that was the issue because he had done many miracles in public. It was how He had done the miracle that He did not want revealed yet. Let me explain.
As a Jew, Jesus wore a sleeveless robe which was a rectangular piece of cloth that had tassels on the four corners which He wore like a poncho.
The tassels were a symbol that He was “wearing” the presence, the Word, the name, the nature and the ways of God. The tassels were attached to the corners of His garment which were also called “wings”. In Malachi 4:2 there was a Messianic prophecy that referred to these tassels:
“But to you who revere my name, the sun (or servant) of righteousness will rise with healing in its (His) wings (corners, implying the part of the garment that held the tassels).”
The woman who was bleeding, crawled through the crowd to touch the tassels of His robe because she understood that He was the Messiah and that there was healing in His “wings”. Her faith in His identity as Messiah brought her instant healing.
When Jesus took the little girl by the hand, He said, “Talit ha coum – little girl, I say to you, get up!” Mark 5:41b. Jesus had revealed His identity to the parents and His three disciples by that simple statement and His action.
He was the fulfilment of Malachi’s prophecy, the Messiah of His people, but He did not want people to believe in Him because other people told them. He wanted people to listen, watch and be convinced of who He was because they came to that conclusion themselves.
How can we really know who Jesus is? Praying the sinner’s prayer, signing a decision card or even answering an altar call will not convince us. Jesus told us what to do. He said, ‘Follow me.’ It will take a revelation of Himself to our hearts as we watch, listen and learn from Him, to convince us that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
Jesus wants followers who will stick with Him through thick and thin because we KNOW who He is and not because of what others have told us or because of what we can get out of Him.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblical, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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