Luke 8 v 41 –50 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
12 years of family stories are now fading away.
12 years of hope as her father but now all he has is despair.
12 years and she has now reached the accountability age where her Bar Mitzvah at the synagogue would take place and she would lead part of that service.
12 years and from that moment of the special service she would step out of the control of her father. It doesn’t look like she will be attending that service.
12 years losing blood and not being able to stop it.
12 years of searching for help but finding no one could.
The synagogue ruler.
The daughter of the synagogue ruler.
The other was restored as a daughter of Israel.
But there is another link.
The woman with an issue of blood was unclean (Leviticus 15:19-27) and possibly an outcast, this could have been for the whole 12 years.
The father has been a father all the time the woman has been unclean. But even more importantly he has been the synagogue ruler responsible for making sure this woman and others did not enter and make it unclean. Maybe he has been responsible for the whole 12 years that this woman could not enter his synagogue to worship God.
So here is the story:
Jairus policing his synagogue and having Scripture to support him is preventing impurity entering.
His daughter not able to come to her father’s synagogue, not able to step into a new season of life.
This woman rejected by society and this synagogue because of what she had become.
Discussions are being had with Scriptural guidance on who can come to Church and if they come what they can do when they get there. Jairus is still alive. What is your position on LGBTQ? What is your position on Islam? What is your position on …? The list goes on.
But at the same time the younger generation have left and those who haven’t are dying spiritually and will leave soon because Jairus’ daughter is still here but only just.
And the woman? Yes she is definitely still here! Who will help the outcasts? They have tried to fix their lives. They have nowhere to go.
This is quite a mess.
My position is this: the man on the cross. Jesus is a healing river that is not afraid of ethnic, gender or sickness boundaries. It takes courage to carry the cross through a divided world. No Fear is his message. Just believe. Jesus redeems, restores and transforms our lives. No matter who we are. Whether a religious person who has been ungracious, a child who is dying or a woman who is not welcome. Jesus is here for them all. I have a better position once people have found their Saviour, the Lover of their souls, the Healer of their bodies and who becomes the Orientation of their lives. Nothing is fixed until then. But let’s not take 12 years to have a move of Jesus in our land.