People from all over must have heard Jesus was heading their way. As soon as we arrived at the shoreline at the other side of the lake, a crowd was there waiting. We stepped out of our boats and began walking towards the crowd. By this time I have been able to follow Jesus closely alongside the twelve disciples and a couple of other ladies: Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples (Luke 8:3). What an awesome privilege to be counted among Jesus’ friends. I am indeed a very blessed woman.
Jairus, a synagogue leader saw Jesus and fell at his feet pleading for Him to come see his daughter who was dying, she was only twelve years old. Jesus went with Jairus and the crowds followed us. There were so many people around us it took us some time to get anywhere.
A woman in the crowd touched Jesus’ robe. Immediately she was healed. Jesus realised someone was healed and stopped us all from walking and looking around the crowd asked, “Who touched my robe?”
The disciples were getting upset and started fussing among themselves about the urgency of getting to the dying girl whilst Jesus was here asking about who touched his robe. They asked Jesus, “What does it matter? There are far too many people around here and we have an urgent matter to attend. Come on let’s move on.”
Jesus kept looking around for who touched him. The woman, frightened and trembling, came and knelt before Jesus and told him what she had done. We ladies listened to her story.
“Jesus, I have heard about your healings and many wonders. I have been suffering haemorrhaging for twelve years. I have seen many doctors spending everything I had but only kept getting worse.” Taking a breath and still trembling, she looks up to Jesus and said, “I just thought to myself, ‘If only I can touch his robe, I will be healed.’ So I touched you and immediately the bleeding stopped and I felt so much better, better than I have in years.”
Jesus looked tenderly into her eyes and said to her- “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
As Jesus was still talking, messengers arrived to tell Jairus his daughter had died. Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
The woman went on her way back through the crowd which followed Jesus to Jairus’ house. Jesus stopped the crowd from getting too close. And when we and the disciples arrived at the house, Jesus only allowed Peter, James and John to enter. One of them relayed the information of what happened inside to us later when they came back out.
When they came to the house, Jesus saw people wailing and weeping. He went inside and asked, “Why are they making so much noise? The child isn’t dead; she’s asleep!”
The people laughed at Jesus. He made them all leave. He, the mother, Jairus and the three disciples went into the girl’s room. Jesus held her hand said to her, “Little girl, get up!”
She immediately stood up and walked around! The family was completely amazed. Jesus insisted that they did not tell others what had happened. He then told them to give the girl something to eat.
I just love how Jesus makes everyone feel so important. He didn’t have to take the time to find out who touched him in the crowd. He could have just went on to Jairus’ house before the girl died. I believe he had a purpose in it all and I do hope that Jairus came to know Jesus as I have. What an amazing, powerful God I serve!
*Jesus has compassion and time for all of us.
*The number 12 is mentioned here which is very interesting. The woman suffered for 12 years, the girl was 12 years old and of course, there are 12 disciples. The number 12 is considered a perfect number symbolising God’s power and authority which of course was seen here on both occasions.
For further study:
Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56