After Jesus healed the man with the evil spirits, he got back into the boat. He and his disciples went back across the lake. And, when they got to a town, a crowd was there waiting for Jesus. In this crowd, there was a leader of the Jews named Jairus. He came to Jesus and said, ‘My daughter is dying. Please come and heal her?’ Jairus’ daughter was only 12-years-old.
So Jesus and his disciples started to go with Jairus to his house. The crowd followed them. In the crowd, there was a woman. She had a disease that made her bleed. She had been sick for 12 years. She thought, ‘If only I could just touch the edge of his clothes, I would be healed.’ And so, as Jesus walked by, she reached out and touched his clothes. And, right away, she was completely healed.
Then Jesus stopped. He turned and asked, ‘Who touched me?’
And one of his disciples said, ‘How can you ask who touched you? We are in a crowd. Everyone is touching you.’
But Jesus said, ‘I felt power go out of me. I know someone touched me.’
Then the woman came out of the crowd. Shaking with fear, she said, ‘I touched you. I have been bleeding for 12 years. I have spent everything I had on doctors, but they could not make me better. I only got worse. But, when I touched your clothes, I was completely healed.’
And then Jesus said, ‘Go in peace, your faith has healed you.’
While Jesus was speaking to the woman, some men came up to Jairus. They had a message for him. They said, ‘Do not bother the teacher any more’. Your daughter is already dead.’
But Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Do not be afraid. Believe and she will be healed.’
So they continued on to the house. When they arrived, people were already there weeping for the little girl. And Jesus said to them, ‘Do not cry. She is not dead. She is only asleep.’ But they laughed at him because they knew she was dead.
Then Jesus went into the house. He took three of his disciples and the girl’s parents with him. Then he took the girl by her hand and said, ‘Little girl, get up.’ And the little girl stood up and began to walk about.
Then Jesus told her parents. ‘Give her some food to eat.’
And they were amazed at what Jesus had done.