4 Background and introduction Large crowdTwo unrelated peopleTheir stories intertwineThe interaction between the twoOne anonymous; the other identifiedOnce again, this miracle was verifiableTwo very different peopleBoth needed Jesus
5 Jairus’ request Jairus was a synagogue leader His 12 year old daughter was sickJairus falls at Jesus feetPleads earnestly with JesusPeer pressure to oppose JesusJairus recognises his needHumbles himself and honour’s JesusJesus is the only one who can meet itJesus goes with himImportant personLay person (not a priest) Responsible for administration of synagogue, maintenance of building, care of the scrolls containing the scriptures, teaching and arranging for visiting Rabbi’s to speakHis 12 year old daughter was sick and on the point of deathLuke tells us that she was his only daughterCultural significance of the 12 year old virgin“come and put your hands on her that she may live” – The limits of Jairus’ faithJairus recognises that Jesus is at least a great prophet / teacher who should be honoured
6 The woman’s need Subject to bleeding for 12 years Ceremonial uncleanness(Leviticus 15: 19-33)Social outcastSuffered greatly under many doctorsSpent all that she hadGrew worse instead of betterJairus’ daughter had brought him joy for 12 years and was at the point of death: about to be taken from himThis woman had been afflicted for 12 yearsCeremonial uncleanness would prevent her from participating in the synagogue and temple lifePeople would avoid her because of the ceremonial uncleannessThe doctors at the time engaged in practices that were little more than superstitious mumbo-jumbo
7 The woman’s faith When the woman heard about Jesus: She believed that he could helpShe believed that she needed some (physical) contactThis kind of thinking was not uncommonJesus does not criticise her lack of faithJesus commends her and points out that it is her faith that was importantThe idea that healing could come through contact with the clothes of a prophet was commonActs 5:15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter's shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.“Daughter, your faith has healed you” (34)
8 The woman’s encounter with Jesus Touched Jesus cloak from behindImmediately she was healedJesus immediately realised“Who touched me?”Jesus kept looking aroundShe fell at his feet, trembling with fear and told the whole truthJesus encourages her faithEven without any direct word from Jesus she was healedJesus felt the power leave himDaughter – nowhere elseYour faith has healed youGo in peace – be freed
9 Jairus’ faith challenged While Jesus was still speaking…Why bother the teacher any moreJesus ignored what they saidDon’t be afraid, keep on believingWhy all this commotion?She is not dead but asleepThe people laughed / ridiculed himThey believed that while she was still alive, Jesus may be able to help but now it was too late!KJV – laughed him to scorn
10 Jairus’ daughter raised Sent everyone out except for:Jairus, his wife, Peter, James and John5 witnesses (law demands 2 or 3)Took her by the handLittle girl, I say to you, get up!She immediately stood up and walked aroundDon’t tell anyoneGive her something to eatUnlike the raising of the son of the widow of Nain where there were 2 large crowdsJesus deals with everyone as individualsIt is Jesus who speaks the words of life
11 So what? Do we see and respond to people individually? Do we all, recognise that we need Jesus forgiveness and healing?Do we allow peer pressure (or other pressures) rob us of a blessing?Do we recognise the battles that others have coming to Christ and do we do what we can to help them overcome these?Are we willing to humble ourselves and beg earnestly for the blessing?Are we ready to reach out to the “hopeless and helpless”?Do we believe that God can deal with their issues?What are our “if”s? I believe Jesus could if…Do we waste time measuring our faith instead of getting on with exercising faith?Do we seek complete healing or just a problem solved?Do we ever give up, believing it is “too late”?Do we ever ridicule / laugh / disbelieve?Do we do the things we should or do we expect God to doeverything for us?