Go in peace…

Luke 8:40-56

Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.  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,  for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. 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.  She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. 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!”  But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.”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. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

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.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.”  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.  And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.”And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

 One comes believing Jesus can heal his daughter.  As they make their way to his daughter he is provided with evidence of the healing power within  Jesus.  And then that faith and belief is tested when told his daughter is dead.  Continuing on, encouraged to not falter but to continue to believe, they witness the raising of the daughter.  Then they are instructed to not tell what has happened.  Do not sensationalize what God provides, rather give thanks.

 We believe, we are tested, we have evidence of His power and we continue to believe.  When we receive we give thanks, give glory to God.  It should not become a tale for a tabloid.

 Jesus told the woman who was healed to go in peace.  End of story.  When something as spectacular as a raising from death occurs we want to tell and retell and the story tends to grow.  Rather, as Jesus said, give thanks and go in peace.

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