Luke 8:26-56 The Message Bible

The Gadarene Demoniac Healed

26  They sailed on to the country of the Gerasenes, directly opposite Galilee. 27  As he stepped out onto land, a madman from town met him; he was a victim of demons. He hadn't worn clothes for a long time, nor lived at home; he lived in the cemetery. 28  When he saw Jesus he screamed, fell before him, and bellowed, "What business do you have messing with me? You're Jesus, Son of the High God, but don't give me a hard time!" 29  (The man said this because Jesus had started to order the unclean spirit out of him.) Time after time the demon threw the man into convulsions. He had been placed under constant guard and tied with chains and shackles, but crazed and driven wild by the demon, he would shatter the bonds. 30  Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" 31  And they begged Jesus desperately not to order them to the bottomless pit. 32  A large herd of pigs was browsing and rooting on a nearby hill. The demons begged Jesus to order them into the pigs. He gave the order. 33  It was even worse for the pigs than for the man. Crazed, they stampeded over a cliff into the lake and drowned. 34  Those tending the pigs, scared to death, bolted and told their story in town and country. 35  People went out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had been sent, sitting there at Jesus' feet, wearing decent clothes and making sense. It was a holy moment, and for a short time they were more reverent than curious. 36  Then those who had seen it happen told how the demoniac had been saved. 37  Later, a great many people from the Gerasene countryside got together and asked Jesus to leave - too much change, too fast, and they were scared. So Jesus got back in the boat and set off. 38  The man whom he had delivered from the demons asked to go with him, but he sent him back, saying, 39  "Go home and tell everything God did in you." So he went back and preached all over town everything Jesus had done in him.

Jairus' Daughter and the Woman Who Touched Jesus' Garment

40  On his return, Jesus was welcomed by a crowd. They were all there expecting him. 41  A man came up, Jairus by name. He was president of the meeting place. He fell at Jesus' feet and begged him to come to his home 42  because his twelve-year-old daughter, his only child, was dying. Jesus went with him, making his way through the pushing, jostling crowd. 43  In the crowd that day there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages. She had spent every penny she had on doctors but not one had been able to help her. 44  She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus' robe. At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped. 45  Jesus said, "Who touched me?" When no one stepped forward, Peter said, "But Master, we've got crowds of people on our hands. Dozens have touched you." 46  Jesus insisted, "Someone touched me. I felt power discharging from me." 47  When the woman realized that she couldn't remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story - why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed. 48  Jesus said, "Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you're healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!" 49  While he was still talking, someone from the leader's house came up and told him, "Your daughter died. No need now to bother the Teacher." 50  Jesus overheard and said, "Don't be upset. Just trust me and everything will be all right." 51  Going into the house, he wouldn't let anyone enter with him except Peter, John, James, and the child's parents. 52  Everyone was crying and carrying on over her. Jesus said, "Don't cry. She didn't die; she's sleeping." 53  They laughed at him. They knew she was dead. 54  Then Jesus, gripping her hand, called, "My dear child, get up." 55  She was up in an instant, up and breathing again! He told them to give her something to eat. 56  Her parents were ecstatic, but Jesus warned them to keep quiet. "Don't tell a soul what happened in this room."

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