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Humble Hero, Page 156

The Touch of Faith Brings Healing

This chapter is based on Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56.

Returning from Gergesa to the western shore of Lake Galilee, Jesus found a crowd gathered to meet Him. He stayed by the seaside for a while, teaching and healing, and then went to the house of Levi-Matthew to meet the tax collectors at the feast. Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue, found Him there. In great distress he exclaimed, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”

Jesus set out immediately with the ruler for his home. The disciples were surprised that he agreed to the request of the proud rabbi, yet they accompanied their Master, and the people followed. Jesus and His companions advanced slowly, for the crowd pressed around Him on every side. The anxious father was impatient, but Jesus stopped now and then to relieve suffering or to comfort a troubled heart.

While they were on the way, a messenger pushed through the crowd, bearing the news that Jairus’s daughter was dead. The word caught the ear of Jesus. “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”

Together they hurried to the ruler’s home. Already hired mourners and flute players were filling the air with their anguished noise. Jesus tried to silence them: “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” They were offended at the Stranger’s words. They had seen the child in the grip of death. Requiring them all to leave, Jesus took the girl’s father and mother with Peter, James, and John, and entered the chamber of death.

Jesus approached the bedside and, taking the child’s hand in His own, said softly, in the familiar language of her home, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”

Instantly, a tremor passed through the unconscious form. The eyes opened widely as if from sleep, and the young girl looked with amazement at the group beside her. She got up, and her parents embraced her and wept for joy.

On the way to the ruler’s house, Jesus had met a poor woman who had suffered for twelve years from a disease that made her life a burden. She had spent all her money on physicians

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