Jesus and the disciples crossed over the lake again. When they reached the other side, a huge crowd welcomed them.
Two of the most touching scenes in human history were about to occur. Here’s what eyewitnesses reported:
A man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
“Who touched my clothes?” Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it and said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader.“Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, John and James. When they arrived at the house of Jairus, Jesus saw a commotion, with people wailing and mourning and playing pipes. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing?” The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.
After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”) Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave them strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.
(Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56)
What a scene. Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
Once again, Jesus demonstrates that he is truly the Master who has power over sickness and death.
2. What exactly should we do?
Over and over and over Jesus makes it clear what he wants first and foremost from us: to BELIEVE.
He tells the woman healed from bleeding that her faith has healed her. He tells Jairus to believe and his daughter will be healed.
Have faith. It makes all the difference in the world.
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