18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, 24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26 News of this spread through all that region.
Jesus, you oozed life and healing. Was that because you were God? Humans generally had to be careful of bleeding and death in case they caught something horrible. Not you. When you touch people they are healed. I guess I am finding that. I have been surprised by the increase of joy and life when I am in harmony with you. Also, as you move closer through this study I sense a new awareness of you which is life and peace.
Let me pay that forward. Let me enliven the dead souls that I touch. Let me bring health and peace rather than take on the death and decay of today’s world.
- What two people desperately needed Jesus in this passage?
- How would Pharisees have reacted to both parties?
- Why isn’t Jesus contaminated by the woman and Jairus?
- How does Jesus touch you and have his life and healing rub off?
- How do you want him to touch you and those around you?