40. When Jesus returned to the other side, a throng welcomed Him, because they were all expecting Him.
41. And from out of the crowd, a man named Jairus, a well-known synagogue leader, came and literally fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with Him to come to his house.
42. He made this request because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was sick and at the point of death. Jesus immediately agreed to accompany the man back to his house, but as He was on His way, the desperate and excited crowds almost crushed Him.
43. But there was a certain woman in the crowd who, despite the mass hysteria that often manifested when Jesus was in healing mode, had the intention of making personal, physical contact with Him. This particular woman had been subject to a serious hemorrhaging situation for twelve years, and no one in that whole time had been able to help her get any relief from it.
44. So, believing that this was her last chance at wholeness, she made her way through the sea of people, and came right up behind Him. When she got within arm's reach of Him she grabbed the edge of His cloak, and clutched it with all her might. Immediately her bleeding stopped.
45. "Who touched Me?" Jesus asked. Peter replied to Him, "What do You mean? People are crowding in and pressing against You...they're all touching You!"
46. But Jesus said, "No...no...this was different. Someone touched Me...I mean really touched Me...and something unusual just happened in that touch, because I could feel power and energy drain out of Me through the connection."
47. Then the woman, realizing that she could not remain anonymous, came trembling and fell at His feet. And in the presence of all the people, as a reverent hush fell on them, she told why she had touched Him, and how she had been instantly healed through it.
48. Then, smiling, He said to her, "My daughter, your own faith has healed you. Go in absolute peace."
49. But while Jesus was in mid-sentence, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader, and said to him "Sir, your daughter is dead...don't bother the Teacher anymore."
50. Upon hearing this, Jesus grabbed Jairus by the shoulders and said, "Look at Me...before you react to the news...before you say a word...before you respond with any emotion, whatsoever...just believe...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!" So Jairus did as he was told.
51. When they arrived at the house of Jairus, Jesus refused to let anyone go in with Him except Peter, John and James, and the girl's father and mother.
52. Meanwhile, all the people there were wailing and mourning for her. Jesus instantly put a stop to all the drama and said, "Stop wailing! This girl is not dead...she's only sleeping!"
53. The mourners and wailers 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.
54. But, unfazed by their negative reaction to His creative words, He gripped her firmly by the hand and said, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!"
55. And at these simple words, her spirit returned, and she jumped right up and started walking around! Then Jesus said to her parents, "She's alive! Give her something to eat!"
56. They were totally astonished, but He instructed them not to tell anyone what had happened.