When Jesus went back across to the other side of the
lake, a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. A leader of the
local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, came and fell down before him,
pleading with him to heal his little daughter.
"She is about to die," he said in
desperation. "Please come and place your hands on her; heal her
so she can live." Jesus went with him, and the crowd thronged
[Along the way] messengers arrived from Jairus's
home with the message, "Your daughter is dead. There's no use
troubling the Teacher now."
But Jesus ignored their comments and said to Jairus,
"Don't be afraid. Just trust me." Then Jesus stopped
the crowd and wouldn't let anyone go with him except Peter and James
When they came to the home of the synagogue leader,
Jesus saw the commotion and the weeping and wailing. He went inside
and spoke to the people. "Why all this weeping and
commotion?" he asked. "The child isn't dead; she is only
The crowd laughed at him, but he told them all to go
Then he took the girl's father and mother and his
three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her
hand, he said to her, "Get up, little girl!"
And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately
stood up and walked around! Her parents were absolutely overwhelmed.
Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what had happened, and he told
them to give her something to eat. (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43, NLT)