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Jesus raises Jaïrus’ daughter from the dead

Luke 8:54

But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.”

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Luke 8 verse 40 to 56
40 ‘Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. 41 And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus' feet, he implored him to come to his house, 42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.
As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. 43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
49 While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler's house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” 50 But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” 51 And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. 52 And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” 53 And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat. 56 And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.’

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Matt. 9 verse 18 to 26, Marc. 5 verse 21 to 43.

​Jesus arrives by ship in Capernaum. Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, falls on his knees before Him, and begs Him to go with him to his dying 12-year-old daughter. While Jesus is accompanying him to his house, a woman who has been suffering from a blood issue
for 12 years, touches the robe of Jesus trusting that she will be healed by His power. Jesus tells her that her faith has saved her.
When news is brought from Jairus' house that his daughter has meanwhile died, Jesus encourages Jairus and tells him not to fear, but only to believe.
In both cases, the personal faith in Jesus turns out to be crucial.
Raising the dead is one of the "signs of the Messiah." Matt. 11 verse 3 to 5, Isaiah 26 verse 19, Daniel 12 verse 2.
It proves Jesus' power, not only over the elements of nature, demons and diseases, but also over death. At His command, the spirit of Jairus' daughter returns to her body.
Jesus did not become unclean by touching her dead body; the uncleanness was instead taken away. The blood-flowing woman, who was unclean because of her ailment, was made clean by touching Jesus in faith.

Yet there is something more important than the bodily resurrection from the dead.
Ephesians 2:1 says, "You also He quickened with Him, you who were dead in trespasses and sins." Sinful existence is spiritual death.
When a person comes to faith in Jesus, he/she receives eternal life, and even though the body will die someday, the soul will live forever and will later be reunited with the body when it is raised "incorruptible." 1 Corinthians 15 verse 42. John 5 verse 19 to 29.
By dying as a human, Jesus, God's Son, vicariously bore the penalty for our sin. Thus, through faith in Him, we can receive eternal life.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The time is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear him shall live.” John 5 verse 25.

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