Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’s Daughter

Luke 8:40–56

Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

1.         Jesus sails west with His disciples across the Sea of Galilee, and a crowd is waiting for Him. Among these was a man named Jairus, an elder in the local synagogue. He implores Jesus to come to his house because his twelve-year-old daughter is dying.

2.         On their way, a seriously ill woman determines to touch Jesus as He is going toward the house of Jairus. As soon as she touches one of the four tassels hanging from the cloak of Jesus, she is completely healed.

3.         Jesus knows that He had been “touched” and at that moment the now healed woman understood that she could not slink away from the crowd, thus she comes to Jesus and falls at His feet. Jesus tells her, “Your faith has made your well; go in peace.”

4.         While this is all going on, a person comes from the house of Jairus and reports that to him that his daughter is dead. However, Jesus, overhearing the report, encourages Jairus to continue to believe that his daughter will be well.

5.         Upon arrival at the home, Jesus allows no one into the house except for Jairus and his wife, along with Peter, John, and James.

6.         Mourners were already weeping but Jesus says to not mourn, which mourning would be typical, but that the daughter is not dead but sleeping, at which the mourners literally laugh in Jesus’ face.

7.         Jesus says to the daughter, “Child arise.” She does, and Jesus asked that she be given something to eat. Everyone is astonished and Jesus asked them to tell no one what happened.

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