Prayer: Jesus, teach me through your Word. Amen.
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
What kind of faith did it take for the woman in the crowd to think that Jesus would heal her if only she could touch Jesus? Jesus tells her that her faith has made her well and for her to go in peace, she was healed. Are we not amazed?
In today’s text we see two of Jesus’ miracles. He also brings the dead young girl to life. Again Jesus restores life, but does not want the crowd to witness it, but only the immediate family and His most trusted disciples. He says; “do not fear, only believe.”
Have we not had people in our lives who have died after a long illness? Was our faith not enough? Did we fear too much? Did we not believe enough? It is important to note that we know of no other healings Jesus did on this day, but we can assume that there were others who died or were not cured. We don’t know, but we learn from today’s text that Jesus is present and has the power over illness and death.
Our devotion writer tells us about his sister who is a cancer survivor. She was healed and she held fast to her faith through the ordeals of the illness and the cure. “She life this trust and shared it with others around her, shining light in the threatening darkness.” Do we not know survivors like her?
Today’s message shows us God’s power over death and sickness. These two, the woman and the child had nothing left to lose and in their desperation, Jesus acts. “Each is touched by God’s loving and healing presence, given new life and the opportunity to live a life overflowing with grace, joy and hope.”
Prayer: “Loving God, be near to me when I call on you, and meet me in my place of need, through Christ. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24 So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 He looked all around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38 When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43 He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.