The Story of Jesus

Jairus' Daughter

Jesus and his disciples had just returned by ship to Capernaum. An eager crowd waited on the shore to welcome them. And again Jesus taught them and healed the sick.

A man came running to Jesus. He fell down at Jesus' feet and cried, "My daughter is dying; but if you will come and lay your hands on her, she will be made well."

This man was Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue in Capernaum. Perhaps Jesus knew Jairus, for he had taught often in the synagogue. At once Jesus started to go with the man to heal his daughter. The disciples went too, and the crowd followed, eager to see another miracle. As they went, the people pressed close to Jesus.

In this crowd was a poor woman who had been ill for twelve years. She had spent all her money on doctors, yet they did not help her. Now she had no more money. Hearing about Jesus' power to heal, she decided to go to him and be made well. How hard it was to reach him! But she pressed her way through the crowd till she came very near. In her heart she thought, "I need not ask him to make me well; if only I can touch the hem of his coat, I shall be healed." So she edged her way closer, until she could reach out her hand and touch Jesus' clothes. Immediately she was healed, and she stepped back into the crowd.

But Jesus knew what the woman had done. Turning around he asked, "Who touched me?"

Amazed, the disciples asked, "Why do you ask who touched you when the people are pressing against you from every side?"

But Jesus answered, "Someone has touched me, for I felt healing power go from my body."

The woman came trembling and fell down before him. Jesus spoke to her kindly, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace."

Jairus stood by waiting impatiently for Jesus to come to his house. What if his daughter died before they reached her bedside? And sure enough, a servant came with the sad news, "Do not trouble the Master any longer, for it is too late."

Jesus heard the message and knew how Jairus felt. He said, "Do not be afraid; only believe, and she shall yet be made well." So on they went.

At the ruler's house many friends and neighbors had gathered to weep with the sorrowing mother. Jesus asked, "Why do you weep? The girl is not dead but sleeping." They laughed at him, for they knew the girl was dead.

Then Jesus sent everyone out of the room except the father and the mother and Peter, James, and John. Taking the girl's hand, he said, "Little girl, get up!" At his command she opened her eyes, got up, and walked about the room.

Jesus told her parents, "Give her food to eat." He asked that they tell no one what he had done. News of this miracle would only draw greater crowds than ever.

When they left the home of Jairus, two blind men followed Jesus, crying, "0 Son of David, have mercy on us!" They followed him into the house where he was staying. Jesus asked, "Do you believe that I am able to open your blind eyes?"

Quickly they answered, "Yes, Lord."

Touching their eyes, Jesus said, "Let it be done to you just as you believe." And their eyes were opened.

So great were the crowds that came to hear Jesus that he could not teach them all. Sending his twelve disciples to other cities, he told them to preach the gospel and heal the sick. The work was too great for Jesus to do alone.


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