Hebrews 12: 1-4
With so many witnesses in a great cloud all around us, we too, then, should throw off everything that weighs us down and the sin that clings so closely, and with perseverance keep running in the race which lies ahead of us.
Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which lay ahead of him, he endured the cross, disregarding the shame of it, and has taken his seat at the right of God's throne.
Think of the way he persevered against such opposition from sinners and then you will not lose heart and come to grief.
In the fight against sin, you have not yet had to keep fighting to the point of bloodshed.
Psalms 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
The poor will eat and be filled, those who seek Yahweh will praise him, 'May your heart live for ever.'
The whole wide world will remember and return to Yahweh, all the families of nations bow down before him.
For to Yahweh, ruler of the nations, belongs kingly power!
their descendants will serve him, will proclaim his name to generations
still to come; and these will tell of his saving justice to a people yet unborn: he has fulfilled it.
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lake.
Then the president of the synagogue came up, named Jairus, and seeing him, fell at his feet and begged him earnestly, saying, 'My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her that she may be saved and may live.'
Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.
Now there was a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors, she had spent all she had without being any the better for it; in fact, she was getting worse.
She had heard about Jesus, and she came up through the crowd and touched his cloak from behind, thinking, 'If I can just touch his clothes, I shall be saved.'
And at once the source of the bleeding dried up, and she felt in herself that she was cured of her complaint.
And at once aware of the power that had gone out from him, Jesus turned round in the crowd and said, 'Who touched my clothes?'
His disciples said to him, 'You see how the crowd is pressing round you; how can you ask, "Who touched me?" '
But he continued to look all round to see who had done it.
Then the woman came forward, frightened and trembling because she knew what had happened to her, and she fell at his feet and told him the whole truth.
'My daughter,' he said, 'your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free of your complaint.'
While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the president of the synagogue to say, 'Your daughter is dead; why put the Master to any further trouble?'
But Jesus overheard what they said and he said to the president of the synagogue, 'Do not be afraid; only have faith.'
And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
So they came to the house of the president of the synagogue, and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly.
He went in and said to them, 'Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.'
But they ridiculed him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child's father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay.
And taking the child by the hand he said to her, 'Talitha kum!' which means, 'Little girl, I tell you to get up.'
The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At once they were overcome with astonishment, and he gave them strict orders not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.