Bible Reference: Luke 8:49-54
Translation: The Passion Translation (TPT)
Bible Text: 49 While Jesus was still speaking to the woman, someone came from Jairus’ house and told him, “There’s no need to bother the Master any further. Your daughter has passed away. She’s gone.” 50 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Jairus, don’t yield to your fear. Have faith in me and she will live again.” 51 When they arrived at the house, Jesus allowed only Peter, John, and Jacob—along with the child’s parents—to go inside. 52 Jesus told those left outside, who were sobbing and wailing with grief, “Stop crying. She is not dead; she’s just asleep and must be awakened.” 53 They laughed at him, knowing for certain that she had died. 54 Jesus approached the body, took the girl by her hand, and called out with a loud voice, “My sleeping child, awake! Rise up!”
OBSERVATION: Faith seems like a real possibility when doctors have reached the end of their knowledge, while the heart of the patient is still beating. But when a relative still hangs on to their faith after the eyes of a loved one have been closed in death, others might pull him away to help him save his sanity. However, in our Scripture today, Jesus insisted that Jairus hang on to his faith in spite of the evidence seen with human eyes. This takes us to a different level in our faith. Stand by as we look into this some more.
APPLICATION: Without sounding too morbid, or deliberately try to cause you to cry, have you ever pulled someone away from a graveside when it seemed like they just didn’t want to commit the body of their loved one to the grave? Our story today sounds similar, for it sounds like instead of the undertaker entering the home to remove the dead body of Jairus’ daughter, the family instead entertained a few more ‘holy’ men to visit. You would probably wonder if the family is just struggling to let go of their loved one. But let’s stop for a moment and put ourselves in the minds of the family members. Jairus had heard about Jesus and his healing power. In fact, he was at the scene when the woman that had an issue of blood was healed from just touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. So please try to convince Jairus that there was no help for his daughter. However, let’s consider the circumstances and pressure that Jairus was under. He had just received news that his daughter was dead, yet in the presence of all these learned people, Jesus instructed Jairus to hang tight and wait for them to arrive at his home. What do you suppose must have gone through the minds of the onlookers as they waited for a reaction or response from Jairus? Can you imagine the challenging choice that Jairus had to make at that moment? Can you imagine what you would have done? Additionally, Jairus arrives at the home scene with Jesus and His entourage, and in spite of all his family and friends hanging around his home crying, Jesus wants to move in to see the dead girl. Imagine the shock and amazement on the faces of the relatives as they make room for Jairus, Jesus and His followers to walk through to the house. Imagine the mind of Jairus as he feels what others must be thinking of him at this time. But in knowing the ending of this miraculous story, I want to challenge us to consider how strong our faith is. On a meter of 0 to 10, how would you rate your level of faith? Even in a scenario of desperation, could you follow through with all that Jairus did? Think about it, you’ve heard the Bible stories of all that Jesus did. You’ve heard the stories from your pastor of how Jesus healed a good old saint. But have you developed the kind of relationship with the Master that you are willing to walk to Him on water? Or to take your boat back out again and cast your net one more time – just because you heard Him give the order? Are you bold enough to cut a hole in a roof and lower a handicapped man in front of Jesus, because you are convinced of His ability and willingness to heal? I believe that our faith is truly tested when we are asked to act, even when friends are around that might mock us, or the circumstance seem impossible to mankind. I don’t believe that any of us could respond in faith, without knowing the author of faith personally. Under desperate situations we may ask others to pray, but without faith you are merely wishing for a good thing to happen. Having faith gives the confidence to believe that God will do what He said He would do for us. Know Him today my friend, and be confident of the miracles that are possible through Jesus Christ alone!
PRAYER: To have the faith of a minuscule mustard seed, we could move a mountain – according to You oh Lord. Thank You precious Lord for offering the hope of eternity, and the possibility of healing from the Creator of life itself! Oh Lord, You are my God and I praise You for all things available to me through faith in Your Son. Please speak to Your children today as we meditate on Your Word. May our faith grow by leaps and bounds because of this reminder from Your Word. We need You precious Lord, every hour of every day. AMEN!