by Wayne Blank
"Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole"
Jairus was among the Jews who did recognize the Messiah, and the power of God that He had by means of the Holy Spirit of God.
"And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received Him: for they were all waiting for Him. And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought Him that He would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying." (Luke 8:40-42 KJV)
While on His way to Jairus' house, the crowds thronged the Christ, slowing His progress. Among them was a woman who was healed from a physical disorder that she had for 12 years, a healing that took place without Christ even knowing with whom it had happened: "Somebody hath touched Me: for I perceive that virtue [i.e. the Holy Spirit] is gone out of Me." Why? And how? As He said, "And He said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace" (see also Faith and Healing)
"But as He went the people thronged Him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind Him, and touched the border of His garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched."
By the time that Jesus arrived at Jairus' house, Jairus' daughter had died. But no matter. The Christ healed her anyway, after resurrecting her from the dead. Again, how, and why? As with all of the others on the way there who were healed, "Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole" (although fortunately for them, the Christ ignored the fading of their faith by that time, perhaps also so that the healing from death would serve as a means to re-strengthen the faith of those believers, as happened at numerous other times - see also Why Were Their Deaths Interrupted?).
"While He yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master."
Fact Finder: Did Jesus Christ not only attend synagogues, but actively take part in the teaching and readings?