Faith in Action

 

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Luke 8:40-56 Easy-to-Read Version

Jesus Gives Life to a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

When Jesus went back to Galilee, the people welcomed him. Everyone was waiting for him. A man named Jairus came to him. He was a leader of the synagogue. He had only one daughter. She was twelve years old, and she was dying. So Jairus bowed down at the feet of Jesus and begged him to come to his house.

 

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While Jesus was going to Jairus’ house, the people crowded all around him. A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had spent all her money on doctors, but no doctor was able to heal her. The woman came behind Jesus and touched the bottom of his coat. At that moment, her bleeding stopped. Then Jesus said, “Who touched me?”

 

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They all said they had not touched him. And Peter said, “Master, people are all around you, pushing against you.”

 

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But Jesus said, “Someone touched me. I felt power go out from me.” When the woman saw that she could not hide, she came forward, shaking. She bowed down before Jesus. While everyone listened, she told why she touched him. Then she said that she was healed immediately when she touched him. Jesus said to her, “My daughter, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace.”

 

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While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue leader and said, “Your daughter has died! Don’t bother the Teacher anymore.”

 

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Jesus heard this and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid! Just believe and your daughter will be well.”

Jesus went to the house. He let only Peter, John, James, and the girl’s father and mother go inside with him. Everyone was crying and feeling sad because the girl was dead. But Jesus said, “Don’t cry. She is not dead. She is only sleeping.”

 

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The people laughed at him, because they knew that the girl was dead. But Jesus held her hand and called to her, “Little girl, stand up!” Her spirit came back into her, and she stood up immediately. Jesus said, “Give her something to eat.” The girl’s parents were amazed. He told them not to tell anyone about what happened.

 

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These stories are commingled, merged, mixed, blended into a lesson on faith in action.

Jairus, a leader of the synagogue, was a father first. His twelve-year-old daughter was ill and near death.

The unnamed woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ cloak, had been hemorrhaging, bleeding, for twelve years. She had spent all her money on cures, to no avail.

Jairus fell to his knees and begged Jesus to come and heal his daughter. He had faith Jesus could make his daughter well again.

The woman inched her way on the ground, through the crowds, trying to touch Jesus without being seen. She did not ask Jesus for a healing; she dared to touch Jesus and make Him unclean by her touch. She had faith Jesus could stop her bleeding.

Jesus felt the pull of power go out of him; he knew someone touched Him. He could not let it go; He stopped; He sought her out; He needed to see who had such faith.

Jairus was not to be dismayed by the news that indeed his daughter had died; Jesus reassured him and asked him to believe.

The woman had faith Jesus could heal her despite the crowds, her weakened condition, her breach of the law to be out among others as she was unclean from her hemorrhaging.

Jairus had faith that Jesus’ Almighty Power was sufficient for not only his daughter, but for this woman’s healing as well.

These two were the only ones that day that demonstrated faith.

Jesus’ own disciples, Peter in particular, questioned his search for the one who touched Him. Did they have faith Jesus could make it in time to save the child? I’m not sure.

The people at Jairus’ home, mourning and wailing because the child had died, had no faith this little girl would be going anywhere except a burial plot.

Those present laughed at Jesus as he ushered in the child’s parents, Peter, James, and John. I wonder what they thought Jesus would say? Could they have been expecting private condolences? How strong was their faith at this moment?

Jesus calmly took the child’s hand and asked her to stand up; she did!

I can see Jesus trying to bring some normalcy to the scene by smiling at the little girl and asking her parents to give her something to eat.

I can understand why Jesus disallowed the scoffers outside from hearing that the dead child was now alive.

Faith grew; Jairus and the unnamed woman were the teachers that day.

Witnesses were amazed; witnesses believed; Jesus provides for all genders, all ethnicities, and all socio-economic levels.

That day crowds witnessed Jesus’ Glory, Power, Strength, Love, Compassion, and Gentleness.

Without faith there is no hope.

Through faith, hope was found that day as the crowds around the woman witnessed her healing!

Through faith, hope was found that day as mourning turned to celebration!

And ALL cried out, AMEN !!!

 

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