40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.
41 Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house
42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.
43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.
44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you."
46 But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."
47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.
48 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."
49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," he said. "Don't bother the teacher any more."
50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."
51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother.
52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep."
53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.
54 But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!"
55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.
56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
Finally Clean (8:40~48)
In a scene that mirrors Jesus’ healing of a leprous man in Luke 5, a woman is miraculously healed of her bleeding as soon as she touches the edge of Jesus’ cloak, and her twelve years of suffering are finally brought to an end. The woman has already been physically healed, so why does Jesus then stop to acknowledge her? Just like the leper, her physical condition rendered her spiritually unclean, and her suffering would have extended beyond her body to her relationships with people and with God. Jesus understands this and therefore makes a public declaration of her healing, to ensure that she would no longer be ostracized from her community. This is the all-knowing and far-reaching love of Jesus Christ—He knows our deepest needs and meets them with tenderness and compassion.
- Do you have a longing deep in your heart that you have not yet confessed to Jesus? He already knows. He is already working. Be encouraged by this truth today.
Familiar Reactions (8:49~56)
The reactions of the people around Jairus and Jesus offer a good sample of the common responses we tend to have in situations where the odds are against us and a solution seems impossible. Sometimes, we resign ourselves to our reality and do not even bother to pray. Other times we are overwhelmed with emotion and cannot see beyond our pain. When our hearts are hardened, we become cynical and scoff at anyone who suggests that God might be able to work a miracle. The response that Jesus encourages in Jairus, however, is radical faith. It is not easy, but if we believe without fear, God promises to do something extraordinary.
- When you are faced with an impossible situation, do you react with resignation, wailing, cynicism, or fearless faith?
A letter to God
Lord Jesus, I love to be loved by You. You are as tender and compassionate as you are powerful and awesome. Increase my faith and cast out all fear. I want to see You do the impossible in my life. In Your name. Amen.
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