Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him.
Jesus had time for big crowds, but He was also interested in one child that needed His help. None of us are too small and insignificant for Jesus.
A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. Jesus realised at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realisation of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
Even when Jesus was busy, He made time for someone in need. He is never too busy to help and care. His love never runs out. It goes on and on.
While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
Jesus is not worried about impossible situations: He knows that nothing is impossible! This story also shows us that a person does not miss out on God’s blessing and help because someone else has got to it first! Jesus doesn’t work like that; He doesn’t have to only help the more worthy cases. He never runs out of love and the ability to help. His resources never come to an end.
Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”
Sometimes people think that Jesus doesn’t know what He is talking about – that He doesn’t understand, that He just doesn’t get it! But Jesus always understands. He always knows what is going on and He always gets it right and tells it how it really is.
The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.
Jesus can do the impossible. He can bring things that are dead back to life. The situation that you are in is not too hard for Jesus to fix. If He can do this thing that we have just read, then we need to trust Him that He can do anything! The Bible tells us that if we love Jesus, then He will make sure that everything works together for our good. If Jesus doesn’t fix your situation, then it is because, at the moment, He wants to walk with you through that difficult situation.
- Ask Jesus to help you to realise that He really cares about you and what is going on in your life
- Ask Jesus to help you to give people time today, to show them that you care
- Ask Jesus to sort the things that are worrying you and for His help to trust that they will all work together for your good and His glory