Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Jairus’s Daughter

Jairus’s daughter’s story is told by Matthew, Mark, and Luke. They each tell us that Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, approached Jesus and begged for healing for his dying young daughter. He said He knew that if Jesus would just lay His hands on her, she would be healed and live. So Jesus followed him to his home.

Along the way, while Jesus was busy healing another woman, one of the servants came to tell Jairus his daughter was already dead, so there was no need to bother Jesus anymore.

But Jesus told him, “Do not fear, only believe.” (Mark 5:36)

Jesus and his disciples continued on their way to the house. They arrived to find professional flute players and wailing mourners. Jesus addressed the mourners, asking why they needed to make such a commotion when the child was not dead, only sleeping.

Rather than find comfort in His words, they mocked Him, so He sent them outside. 

Jesus allowed only the girls parents, Peter, James, and John to accompany Him to the girl’s bed. 

He took the young girl by the hand and said, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” (v. 41)

Immediately, the girl arose and walked. Jairus and his wife were overcome with amazement and gratitude, but Jesus instructed them to get her some food. Then He told them not to share what had happened.

Though others were celebrating her death, Jesus saw life in Jairus’s daughter. No matter how hopeless our situation may seem, we’re never too far gone for Jesus to step in and change things.

Read about Jairus’s daughter: Matthew 9:18-23, Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:41-56

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