January 26, 2006
When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large
crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake.
Then one of the synagogue rulers,
named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet
and pleaded earnestly with
him, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will
be healed and live."
So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him.
And a woman was there who
had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.
She had suffered a great deal under the
care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched
because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed."
Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the
crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"
"You see the people crowding against
you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?' "
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.
Then the woman, knowing
what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the
He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be
freed from your suffering."
While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the
synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?"
Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe."
He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James.