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Gospel of Luke Chapter 8:40-56 Summary Two Miracle Stories For The Price Of One
When Jesus returns, he finds the crowd awaiting him expectantly, and a man named Jairus comes on over. Jairus has a position of some authority in town as the chief of a synagogue, but he's willing to fall to Jesus's feet. Jairus requests assistance on behalf of his only twelve-year-old daughter, who's knocking at death's door. As Jesus makes his way to Jairus's home, the crowds press in on him tightly. We're talking ancient paparazzi. In the crowd, there happens to be a woman who's been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. Ouch. The narrator underlines the difficulty of her problem: She's spent all of her money on doctors, and none have had success in curing her. Approaching Jesus from behind, she touches the edge of his shirt, and immediately the blood stops flowing. Yep, one touch and she's healed. Jesus asks, "Who touched me?" (8:45 NRSV). Uh oh. Everyone is denying it, and Peter speaks up to point out that the crowd is so thick that it could have been anyone. But Jesus wants to know. He's talking about one touch in particular that's zapped his healing powers. Realizing she's caught, the woman comes forward, trembling as she falls before Jesus and explains why she did it and how she was cured. We're kind of expecting a scary moment, but Jesus puts her at ease: "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace" (8:48). Oliver Twist In mid-sentence, a messenger comes for Jairus reporting that his daughter is dead. But Jesus responds, "Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved" (8:50). Arriving at the house, Jesus allows only Peter, John, and James to enter with him along with the girl's parents. Everyone's weeping and mourning for her, but Jesus tells them, "Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping" (8:52). Their tears turn to laughter at this claim, which seems ridiculous—the girl is clearly dead. What is this, ? Buffy Jesus takes her hand: "Child, get up!" (8:54). And voilà, the girl's spirit returns, and she rises at once. Jesus orders that she be given some food. Getting resurrected makes a girl hungry. Oh, and one other thing. They shouldn't tell anyone about this.
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