Luke 8:40–56 (ESV)
Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’s Daughter
40 Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. 41 And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, 42 for he had
an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.
As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. 43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had
spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied
it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling,
and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
Today’s reading will be broken in two parts. The reading contains two stories with two miracles. One story is sandwiched between the other story. The first story begins with the ruler of the synagogue, named
Jairus, has a sick twelve year old daughter that was dying. He falls at Jesus’ feet. He is begging for help from Jesus. Can this be real??? The synagogue ruler recognizing Jesus authority and that He has the power to heal his
daughter? Well, word is getting around and the miracles of Jesus cannot be contained... because they are real.
At this same time, people who wanted to see, hear, and experience Jesus are crowding
around, pressing around him. A woman who had been suffering a discharge of blood for 12 years (the same amount of time that Jairus’ daughter had been alive), is seeking Jesus for healing too. She had spent everything she had on doctors who
could not heal her. No one had been able to heal her, but today she comes to Jesus. She came up from behind him and touched the fringe of his garment and was immediately healed. What happens next, Jesus already knows, but asks a rhetorical
question: “Who touched me?” When Jesus asks rhetorical questions, it is often a teaching moment. Peter responds “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” Peter doesn’t have a clue.
46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” I think it is so cool that Jesus felt power go out from him. Jesus is drawing attention to the healing needed right then. Here is the
response of the woman. 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And he said
to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
I pray: O Lord, In the midst of someone needing your help, you still help others. This woman had lost all hope, except
through you. She came and touched the hem believing in a miracle and she received it. Help me to help others and help me in my faith and journey to heaven. I believe and know that you have power over all things, and I know that you have performed
a great miracle on me... by taking a poor sinner and baptizing me by water and Word and washing away all my sins. Thank you for the gifts of faith, forgiveness, eternal life, salvation, and heaven itself. What more do I need??? Amen.