21. When Jesus had crossed in the boat back to the other side, a large crowd met him at the lakeside.
22. And there on the shore, something unprecedented happened...from out of the crowd, one of the rulers of the synagogue came up to Him, Jairus by name...but this religious leader wasn't there to discuss the Law, or to confront Him about some perceived infraction of it. On the contrary, when this man saw Him, he prostrated himself at His feet.
23. And he begged Him earnestly, saying, "Sir, my little daughter is at death's door...please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she may be healed and live."
24. And, without question, Jesus went with him, the whole crowd tagging along, pushing and pressing in, almost suffocating Him in their excitement and desire to see, up close, what was going to happen.
25. And while they were en route, there appeared a woman who had suffered from a debilitating condition of hemorrhaging for twelve years.
26. A long succession of physicians, including some quack doctors, had treated her, to no avail. Not only were they all incompetent...powerless to help her...they also had taken advantage of her desperate vulnerability...taking all her money, bleeding her dry, financially, and leaving her worse off than before she had the condition.
27. But when she started hearing the reports about Jesus, she was energized with hope...and when she realized that He was actually in close proximity to her, a sense of faith motivated her to come up behind Him in the throng and touch His garment.
28. So she started thinking and saying out loud to herself, "I believe that if I can just put my finger on his robe, I will get well!" And the more she said it, the more she believed it...and the more she believed it, the more she said it.
29. The words she kept speaking built her confidence, and increased her physical strength, enabling her to push through the mob of people and finally make a connection with Him, both physically and spiritually. And, on contact, her constant flow of blood was immediately dried up at the source. It was undeniable...she could feel the change, and knew, instantly, that her long nightmare was over and done with.
30. Interestingly, at the very same moment, Jesus felt healing power discharging from Him...He sensed when His flow of energy stopped her flow of blood. So He turned around to the crowd and asked, "Who just touched my robe?"
31. His disciples said, "Are you kidding? How can you possibly ask 'Who touched me?' when hundreds of hands are all over You in this mass of people?!"
32. But He wouldn't let it go. He kept on asking about it, knowing that something very unusual had just happened. He stopped in His tracks and just stood there, looking intently through the crowd until He finally zeroed in on the woman.
33. But she, finally feeling the full impact of it all, just fell down before Him, and emotionally gave him the whole story.
34. When she finished giving her testimony, Jesus compassionately continued the miracle by calling her "Daughter" in front of the whole crowd...and in that one word, He reversed the stigma, spelled out in Levitical Law, that was attached to the kind of female reproductive problem that she had dealt with for over a decade. Reconnecting her to a world that would have normally ostracized her, He said, "Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and it has paid off for you! You're healed, and more than that...you're whole! Live well, be blessed, and be continually healed of your plague."
35. But while He was virtually in mid-sentence, some people came from the house of Jairus and said to him, "We have bad news...your daughter is dead. Come with us...why bother the Teacher any more?"
36. But Jesus, overhearing what they said, looked straight at Jairus, and before he could react to the news...before he could say a word...before he responded with any emotion, whatsoever...Jesus said to him, "Jairus...look at Me...don't say anything...don't feel anything...don't grieve...don't cry...don't be seized with alarm or struck with fear. Do one thing, and one thing, only...only believe!"
37. And from that point, He permitted no one to accompany Him except Peter and James and John, the brother of James.
38. And when they arrived at the house of the ruler of the synagogue, He looked around at the large number of people who had already gathered there...family, friends, and even the professional mourners...all weeping and wailing loudly together.
39. And He was very direct with them, even abrupt, saying, "What's all this drama about? Everyone needs to settle down right now...this child isn't dead...she's just sleeping!"
40. And the people in the room switched, almost automatically, from crying to laughing...laughing at Him, that is...jeering at Him, and sarcastically telling Him that He was out of touch with reality.
41. But He was unfazed by their negative reaction to His creative words, and He ran them all out of the house. Then, taking the child's father and mother, and those who were with Him, He went into the room where the little girl was lying.
41. And, gripping her firmly by the hand, He said to her in His native tongue, "Talitha cumi"...which translated is, "Sweetheart, or, Little girl, I say to you, arise!"
42. And at these simple words, this girl of twelve was up and walking around! Her family, understandably, were all amazed and beside themselves with joy.
43. But as they were rejoicing and embracing their living daughter, He gave them strict orders that no one was to know what had taken place in that room. Then He said, "All right now, go find this precious one something to eat."