Jairus, the Woman, and the Crowd

religious-2144550__480In the Bible there’s a story about a synagogue leader (Jairus) who seeks Jesus out to ask Him if He will accompany him to his home and heal his daughter who is dying.  On the way to Jairus’ house, a messenger arrives to tell them that his daughter has died.  Jesus tells Jairus not to be afraid, to have faith, and that his daughter would be healed.  At the same time, a woman who had been suffering with “constant bleeding” for over a decade approached Jesus and touched the edge of His robe in the hopes that her health would be restored.  Her bleeding stopped immediately.  When Jesus arrived at Jairus’ home, he found a crowd that had gathered and was beginning to mourn the young girl’s death.  Jesus told them to stop weeping, that she wasn’t dead, and that she would be healed.  The crowd laughed.  Jesus took the girl’s hand, told her to get up, and she did.  Jairus and the woman approached Jesus with humility and childlike trust, whereas the crowd laughed at Jesus’ declaration that the girl would be well again.  I am assuming that some in the crowd must have had a change of heart after they saw Jesus’ miracle, but were there others in the crowd who didn’t?  If so, they missed out on a relationship with not only the One Who loves them most in this world, but in experiencing first hand, Immanuel, “God With Us.”

“Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My Child, get up!”  And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up!” – Luke 8:54-55

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