A Desperate Woman and A Dead Daughter
August 27 - Nº 239 Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56
After Jesus healed the man with a legion of demons, he and his disciples left the Gentile side of the Sea of Galilee and sailed back to the Jewish side. A large crowd was waiting for them. In that crowd was one of the rulers from the synagogue. His name was Jairus. He knelt at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his house. His 12-year-old daughter was dying. “Please come to my house and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live,” he pleaded. The Lord agreed to go. As Jesus and his disciples followed Jairus, the crowd surrounding them kept growing. A woman who had been hemorrhaging for 12 years quietly pushed her way toward Jesus. She had been to many doctors over the years and spent all the money she had, but no one could help her. She kept getting worse. She thought, “If I can only touch Jesus’ clothes, I will be healed.” She hoped no one would notice her in the crowd. It was against the Law for her to be there. Her disease made her unclean and everyone she touched became unclean as well. But she was desperate! When she was finally close enough, she reached out and touched the edge of Jesus’ cloak. Instantly the woman knew she had been healed! Her bleeding had stopped! At the same moment, Jesus felt power leave him. He turned around and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Everyone denied touching him. Finally, Peter stated the obvious, “There is a huge crowd pushing to get near you. People can’t help touching you!” But Jesus kept looking around. He responded, “This was different. I felt power go out from me.” The woman realized that she could not hide what she had done. She knelt down at his feet trembling with fear. “Do not be afraid,” Jesus said. “Your faith has healed you. You can go home in peace.” While Jesus was talking to the woman, some men from Jairus’ household came with bad news. “Your daughter is dead,” they told Jairus. “There is no need for Jesus to come.” Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Do not be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” He did not allow anyone except Peter, James, and John to go any further with him. When they got to the house, the mourners had already arrived. It was their job to play flutes and cry loudly. Jesus interrupted them, “Why are you making so much noise? The child is not dead. She is asleep!” They all laughed at him. Jesus made the mourners leave. Then he took Jairus and his wife, as well as the three disciples, into the room where the little girl was lying. Jesus reached out and took her hand and commanded, “Little girl, get up!” Instantly the girl opened her eyes and got up. Her parents were astonished. Jesus instructed them to get her something to eat. He also told them not to tell anyone else what had just happened. Still, news of the event spread all over Galilee!
The demon-possessed man on the other side of the lake; the ruler in the synagogue; the desperate woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. These people, and so many more, humbled themselves and knelt at Jesus’ feet with their needs. And Jesus healed them! Do you have a need? Have you humbled yourself at his feet and given your problem to him? Do you trust him to take care of it?