The Lord Heals Jairus's Daughter

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One of the Lord’s healing miracles was bringing a girl back to life. Jairus came to ask the Lord to heal his daughter, but she died before they reached the house. However, the Lord brought her back to life, showing that He has power over death. He took her by the hand, spoke to her, and she arose. This story is a beautiful picture of the Lord’s power to save us, too, raising everyone who dies into eternal life.

Painting by Tania Alden, edited by GCED

The Story

Read the story in Luke 8:41-42, 49-56.

This story is also told in Matthew 9:18-19, 23-26 and Mark 5:22-24, 35-43.

Ideas for discussion

  1. What did Jairus ask the Lord to do? (Jairus wanted Him to come lay His hands on his twelve-year-old daughter—his only daughter—who was dying.)
  2. What did the Lord say to Jairus when people said that his daughter had died? (“Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”) Jairus had to believe that the Lord had the power to do this miracle.
  3. How could this story teach us have faith that the Lord can help us with our problems if we believe in Him? Sometimes things look hopeless—dead—when they are not.
  4. When Jesus came to the house, He talked to the people who were grieving for the girl who had died. He said, "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” Why do you think He said that? How did the people react?
  5. The Lord went into the girl’s room, taking her parents and three of His disciples with Him. What did He do to bring her back to life? (He took her hand and said, “Little girl, arise.”) And then He told the girl’s parents to give her something to eat.
  6. The Lord has power over death. He showed this by raising up this little girl from the dead. The Lord also takes tender care of all of us after death, awakening us to life in the spiritual world. Ideally, the Lord wills that we live a long life here on earth in preparation for life in heaven. But even when death come earlier than that, we can celebrate the miracle of the Lord raising all people into eternal life. 
  7. How might this passage reassure us? “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25, 26).
  8. “Let him who wishes to be eternally happy know and believe that he will live after death. Let him think of this and keep it in mind, for it is the truth” (Arcana Coelestia 8939:3).

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