The miracles of Jesus: Jairus and a woman of faith

Luke 8:41-56 HCSB Just then, a man named Jairus came. He was a leader of the synagogue. He fell down at Jesus’ feet and pleaded with Him to come to his house, 42 because he had an only daughter about 12 years old, and she was at death’s door. While He was going, the crowds were nearly crushing Him. 43 A woman suffering from bleeding for 12 years, who had spent all she had on doctors yet could not be healed by any, 44 approached from behind and touched the tassel of His robe. Instantly her bleeding stopped. 45 “Who touched Me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds are hemming You in and pressing against You.” 46 “Someone did touch Me,” said Jesus. “I know that power has gone out from Me.” 47 When the woman saw that she was discovered, she came trembling and fell down before Him. In the presence of all the people, she declared the reason she had touched Him and how she was instantly cured. 48 “Daughter,” He said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” 49 While He was still speaking, someone came from the synagogue leader’s ⌊house⌋, saying, “Your daughter is dead. Don’t bother the Teacher anymore.” 50 When Jesus heard it, He answered him, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe, and she will be made well.” 51 After He came to the house, He let no one enter with Him except Peter, John, James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Everyone was crying and mourning for her. But He said, “Stop crying, for she is not dead but asleep.” 53 They started laughing at Him, because they knew she was dead. 54 So He took her by the hand and called out, “Child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and she got up at once. Then He gave orders that she be given some-thing to eat. 56 Her parents were astounded, but He instructed them to tell no one what had happened.


We have thus far noted in this series of the “Miracles of Jesus” the first recorded miracle in John, the water to wine in Cana of Galilee & the first recorded miracle in two of the synoptics, the healing of the man with an unclean spirit in the synagogue at Capernaum.

In this lesson we shall observe two miracles of Jesus, Jairus daughter & a woman of Faith, which appear in all three of the synoptic Gospels Matthew, Mark & Luke in roughly the same order. Here we see the remarkable power of Jesus re-storing life to the dead. In the Old Testament only Elijah & Elisha restored life. Jesus would bring back the dead on three occasions.

Jairus a ruler of a Synagogue and a father sick with concern for his only daughter of twelve who was dying. He begs Jesus to return with him to his home and heal her before it is to late. While on His way through the crowd of people who have come to see & perhaps be healed of some illness themselves He is touched by one of whom He does not know. Surely he is touched by many working through the crowd why was this one so different. A women suffering for 12 years from and apparent “menstrual discharge” touched the hem of his garment and was immediately healed. She sinks back into the crowd, perhaps seeking anonymity. Jesus asks after this one whose faith was so deep and when she presents herself Jesus blesses her and continues on his way to the house of Jairus.

Immediately, word came the young daughter had died and there was no more need to have Jesus come to his Home.

Thus it is apparent Jesus power to restore life as yet is unknown and as it is still early in His ministry Jesus will charge it to remain so.

Jairus is told to continue to believe and he would help the young girl. Arriving at the house only Jesus, Peter, James, John, Jairus and the mother go into the room where the girl is lying. The grief of the family is deep and they ridicule Jesus for saying she is not dead but asleep. He removes them from the room and take her by the hand and restores her life and commands something for her to eat. Astonished the parents are charged to tell no one He has restored life.

These two miracles provide the readers with a glimpse of His divinity and His compassion. Jesus restored life to the dead something no “modern healer” has accomplished. Even the healing of the physical body does not last into eternity. Both the women & Jairus daughter would eventually die as the body has and will with all. While these “eyewitnesses” accounts serve to produce faith In the unbeliever and believer alike they are meant to focus our faith not on the temporary but the eternal. We must take steps to go beyond amazement at these acts of Jesus to deepen our faith and mature in our desire to follow the Son of God.

Questions:

  1. Why was the fact of Jairus asking Jesus for help strange?
  2. What manners did Jairus approach Jesus?
  3. What are the first three Gospels called?
  4. What other people from the Old Testament restored life?
  5. How did Jesus know the women had touched Him?
  6. Why did the women act as she did when healed, & what did Jesus do?
  7. Jairus position in Jewish society made it difficult to bow to Jesus. What similar situation happens in our modern world?
  8. How have funeral customs changed today, have they been for better or worse?
  9. Discus the role of faith in the miracles that took place in our study?
  10. If miracles were done so people would know the healer is from God with a message why would Jesus charge Jairus and his wife to keep quite about His restoring life?