Life and death

Jesus got into the boat and sailed back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him immediately he stepped on shore.

Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading, “My little daughter is at death’s door. Please come and lay your hands on her so she’ll be healed and live.” Jesus agreed to go to Jairus’s house, and set off with him – together with the crowd.

There was a woman amongst the crowd who had suffered from a continual haemorrhage for twelve years. She had been treated by many doctors, and over the years she had spent all she had on them, but instead of getting better her illness had grown worse. When she heard about Jesus, so she crept up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, thinking to herself, “If I can only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” The haemorrhage stopped at once and she immediately felt much better.

Jesus sensed immediately that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned round in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my cloak?”

“The crowd is pressing all around you,” said his disciples. “How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

But he kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the terrified woman, trembling at the realization of what she had done, fell to her knees in front of him and told him the whole story.

“My daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

But while he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from Jairus’s home and told him, “Your daughter is dead. Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”

Jesus overheard this and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe.”

Then Jesus halted the crowd and stopped anyone going to Jairus’s house  with him except Peter, James and John, who was James’ the brother. When they arrived at the house, they found much commotion, weeping and wailing. Jesus went inside and asked, “Why are you making all this fuss? The child isn’t dead. She’s asleep.”

Everyone laughed at him, but he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother, and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Taking hold of her hand, he said, “Talitha koum!” (In Aramaic this means “Little girl, get up!”) Immediately the girl, who was twelve years old, stood up and began walking round the room. The people who were with Jesus were utterly amazed, but Jesus gave them all strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and instructed the girl’s parents to give her something to eat.

Mark

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