Jarius’s Daughter is Healed

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Death

When Jesus returned to Capernaum a great crowd gathered around Him (v. 40). Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue meets Christ with an urgent request. He had a young daughter, twelve years of age, who was critically ill and about to die (vv. 41-42). Before Jesus got away from the crowd to go with this man, word comes that the girl had died (v. 49).

During the time Jesus had a great crowd around Him, a woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years touched Him (vv. 43-44). She knew that He had healed others and she wanted Him to heal her. Jesus knew that somebody with faith had touched Him and had been healed by His power (vv. 45-48). In the meantime someone comes stating Jairus’s daughter has died (v. 49)

On the way to Jairus house Jesus speaks words of encouragement to Jairus (v. 50). This has been great comfort ever since, to people who have been in similar situations. By the time they arrived, the professional mourners were already there, weeping and wailing. Jesus told the crowd to stop weeping because the girl was not dead but just sleeping. They laughed at Him because they knew the girl was dead. He then takes the mother and father into the room and raised the girl back to life (vv. 51-54). As she came back to life she got right up and Jesus told them to give her something to eat (v. 55). Her parents were surprised, but Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened (v. 56). This may seem strange but Jesus knew the facts would speak for themselves. Also he probably didn’t want to get known as just a miracle worker.

Application

I can be part of the crowd in my church, and still never receive any blessing from being near Jesus. It is one thing to be a faithful church attender and another thing to “touch Him” by faith. On a scale of 1 to 10 how would I rate my faith?

Luke 8:40-56 (English Standard Version)

Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus' feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, "Who was it that touched me?" When all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!" But Jesus said, "Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me." And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace." While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler's house came and said, "Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more." But Jesus on hearing this answered him, "Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well." And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, "Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, "Child, arise." And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

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