In Luke 8:40 we read about Jesus arriving and finding a crowd had gathered in anticipation of his returning. Within the crowd were two people of vary different positions in life, both in desperate need of healing. Jairus was a man of position; he was a ruler in the synagogue. He was affiliated with a group that vehemently apposed Jesus. Despite his rank and affiliations he came and fell at the feet of Jesus on behalf of his twelve year old daughter who lay dying. The nameless women had carried her affliction for twelve years. It had robbed her of her wealth, her strength and caused her to remain ceremonially unclean under the Levitical Law. Neither was supposed to be there.
Both had found themselves at that awful place where reality comes crashing in stark opposition to hope. It’s a place where we hear words like, “I can do nothing else for you.” It’s a place that separates the faithful from the faithless. Those without a living faith often become resentful, hardened, bitter or reclusive. They often strike out against or alienate themselves from the ones closest to them. Many times they look for relief in ways that are harmful such as the bottle or the needle.
But the faithful find that faith in Jesus gives rise to hope. The women wouldn’t dare think of coming before Jesus in her condition but believed that if she was close enough to just touch the edge of his garment she would be healed. Jairus put aside his prejudice and preconceptions and pleaded for a miracle. Both received what they desired from Christ, but not without the women being recognized as a “daughter” and being commended for her faith, or Jairus being further tested by the news that his daughter had died. One simply touched and one simply trusted.