Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.

While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went through all that district.

Years ago I attended an Easter musical at church. One scene featured Jesus ministering to many who were sick while a soprano sang a song that that echoed "There is hope in the name of the Lord. There is power in the name of the Lord." This moving passage rings with hope and power as Jesus responds to a man who has watched his daughter die and a woman who has suffered for many years. Compassion incarnate seems to touch everyone he meets when faith is present.

Yet there is a stark contrast shown in this passage between mockers and people of faith. Sometimes faith is shown by the way that we invite the Lord into our situation the way that the ruler did as he humbly knelt before Jesus. Other times faith is manifested by boldly laying hold of Him the way that the suffering woman did. And sometimes mockers, and mocking thoughts, need to be put out to allow faith to flourish.

Lord help faith arise in my heart and mocking be put out of my head.

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