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Jairus

Jairus was "the ruler of the synagogue" at Capernaum (the photo shows the actual remnants of that synagogue at Capernaum that Jesus Christ attended - see also the Fact Finder question below) that, in faith, pleaded with Jesus to heal his very ill daughter. While Jesus was delayed in arriving because of the crowds, the girl died. But it didn't matter - because of Jairus' deep faith, the girl was raised back to physical life, from the dead.

"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.

The Synagogue At Capernaum

"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."

"And Jesus said, Who touched Me?"

"When all denied, Peter and they that were with Him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched Me?"

"And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched Me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of Me."

"And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before Him, she declared unto Him before all the people for what cause she had touched Him, and how she was healed immediately. And He said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace." (Luke 8:42-48 KJV)

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."

"But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole."

"And when He came into the house, He suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but He said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth."

"And they laughed Him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And He put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and He commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but He charged them that they should tell no man what was done." (Luke 8:49-56 KJV)

Fact Finder: Did Jesus Christ not only attend synagogues, but actively take part in the teaching and readings?
See Aliyya and Haftara

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