The Little Girl Who Was Raised to Life
Daughter of Jairus
Matthew ix: 18 to
38; x: 1 to 42;
Mark v: 22 to 43;
Luke viii: 41 to
56; ix: 1 to 5.
Jesus and his disciples landed at Capernaum, after
their sail across the lake, they found a crowd of
people on the shore waiting for them. And a man came
forward from the throng and fell down at the feet of
Jesus. He was one of the chief men in the synagogue,
and his name was Jairus. He said:
"O Master, come to my house at once! My little
daughter is dying; but if you will come and lay your
hands upon her, she will live."
And Jesus went with Jairus, and his disciples
followed him, and also many people, who thronged
around Jesus. In the crowd was a poor woman who had
been ill for very many years from a sore out of
which her blood ran, so that she was very weak. Many
doctors had tried to help her, but they could not;
and she had spent all her money, so that she was now
This woman had heard of Jesus; and she tried to come
to him, but she could not reach him in the throng of
people. She said to herself, "If I can only touch
his garment, I know that the touch will make me
well." And as Jesus passed by, she reached out her
hand and touched the hem of his robe. At that
instant she felt in her body that she was cured.
Jesus himself felt her touch, and turning around,
said, "Who touched me?"
Peter said to him, "Master, the crowd throngs around
you and pressed upon you. How can you ask, 'Who
touched me?' "
But Jesus said, "Some one has touched me; for I feel
that power has gone out from me."
And he looked around to see who it was. Then the
woman came forward, fearing and trembling over what
she had done. She fell down before Jesus, and told
how she had touched him and had been made well. But
Jesus said to her, "Daughter, be of good comfort;
your faith has made you well; rise up and go in
And from that hour the woman was free from her
disease. All this time, while Jesus was waiting,
Jairus, the father of the dying child, stood beside
Jesus in great trouble, for he feared that his child
would die before Jesus could come to his house. And
at that moment some one came to him and said, "It is
too late; your daughter is dead; you need not
trouble the Master any more."
But Jesus said to him, "Do not be afraid; only
believe, and she will yet be saved to you."
Soon they came to the house where Jairus lived; and
they could hear the people weeping and crying aloud.
Jesus said to them, "Why do you make such a noise?
The little girl is not dead, but only asleep."
Jesus meant by this that we need not be filled with
sorrow when our friends die, for death is only a
sleep for a time until God shall awake them. But
they did not understand this; and they would not be
comforted, for they knew that the child was dead.
Jesus would not allow any of the crowd of people to
go into the room where the dead child was. He took
with him three of his disciples, Peter, James, and
John, and the father and mother of the child, and
shut out all the rest of the people. On a couch was
lying the dead body of a girl, twelve years old.
Taking the hand of the child into his own, he said
to her, "Little girl, rise up!"
And the life of the little girl came again. She
opened her eyes, and sat up. Jesus told them to give
her something to eat; and he said to them, "Do not
tell any one how the little girl was brought to
Already the crowds following him were so great that
he could not teach the people in the city; and if it
became known that he could raise the dead to life,
the throng and the press of the multitudes would be
greater. His great work was to teach and to bring
life to the souls of men, rather than to heal, or to
raise the dead.
And he went out once more among the villages of
Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, and healing the
sick people who were brought to him. He pitied the
people, because there was no one to give them the
gospel; and they were like sheep wandering and lost
without a shepherd. He said to his disciples:
"The harvest truly is great, but the workers to
gather the harvest are few. Pray to the Lord of the
harvest, that he may send out reapers into these
And after this Jesus sent out his twelve disciples
to different places to preach in his name to the
people. He sent them forth in pairs, two of them
together, so that they could help each other. And he
gave them power to heal the sick, and to cast out
evil spirits from men. He said to them:
"Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel; and as
you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at
hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the
dead, cast out the evil spirits; freely you have
received, freely give. Do not take any money with
you; but at every place ask for some good man, and
stay at his house.
"And if any people will not listen to your words,
when you go out of that house or out of that city,
shake off the dust from your sandals, as a sign; and
God will judge that house or that city.
"He that hears you, hears me; and he that hears me,
hears him who sent me. And if any one will give to
drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold
water only in the name of a disciple, he shall not
lose his reward."
The twelve disciples went out in pairs, as Jesus had
commanded them, and preached in all the cities of
Galilee, that men should cease from their sins and
turn to God.
Daughter of Jairus