An event in Jesus’ life puzzles me, off and on. I just read it again this morning. Jesus has just driven Legion, a multi-demon into pigs. Now He is “on His way” and crowds are all around Him. Jairus, a ruler in the synagogue, is frantic, “pleading with [Jesus] to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, is dying.” Presumably, Jesus is going with Jairus to his home when a woman, “subject to bleeding for twelve years” “comes up behind Him and touches the edge of His cloak.” At that same moment, her bleeding ceases.
Jesus asks, “Who touched Me?”
Doesn’t He know? He knows someone has touched Him, for He says so. “Someone touched Me; I know that power has gone out from Me.” What? Automatically? Without His ascent?
The woman, terrified, falls at Jesus’ feet. She confesses she has been healed just by touching Jesus’ clothing! Jesus tells her, “Your faith healed you. Go in peace.” Jesus essentially is saying, “My power came out from Me because of your faith. The level of your faith didn’t require Me to be actively involved. Relax. It’s all good.”
About the same time, people come to inform Jairus that it is too late for Jesus to come. Jairus’ only daughter has died. But, Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
I may be wrong, but I think that father is still terrified when Jesus comes to his home to see the dead child. Yet, with hope and desire and wishing, he enters his daughter’s room with four other men: Jesus, Peter, John, and James. People outside the room are weeping and wailing. Jesus rebukes them, telling them that the little girl is only sleeping.
Here, Jesus actively touches the dead child; she does not touch Him. He wills her to life, saying: “My child, get up!” Her father’s faith is weak; too weak for his hope, his wish, his desire to raise his daughter from the dead. “Her spirit returns” because Jesus knows power is coming from Him.
(Luke 8, NIV)