September 15, 2020 – Tuesday
Luke 8:49-50 NIV
49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”
50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
Imagine if you will, that you have a twelve-year-old daughter who is dying and there is no cure. None. But you have heard of a man who can heal people. You have heard that He has brought sight to the blind, healed the lame and crippled, and even cast out demons from the demon possessed. The year is 32 A.D., what would you do?
I know what one man did. His name was Jairus and he was a synagogue leader. He came to that man, Jesus and fell at His feet pleading with Him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying (v41-42). Jesus must have agreed to do so because we next read while they were on their way to Jairus’ house a large crowd went with them pressing about Jesus.
Because the twelve-year-old girl was dying they must have been walking rapidly to get there, but suddenly Jesus stopped and everyone stopped with Him. It was because a woman had touched the edge of His cloak in great faith. She had been bleeding for twelve years, but upon touching His cloak she was healed. Jesus demanded to know who had touched Him, however indirectly because He knew power had gone out from Him.
Jesus, being Jesus, had to know who it was, but He wanted others to know as well. Thus, He made sure everything stopped until she came forward. Finally, In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched Him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace” (v47-48). In this way Jesus gave a lesson on how important faith is as it was her faith that resulted in her healing.
This is when we arrive at our verses for today, for While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” Jairus obviously believed as everyone continued to his house. Once there Jesus did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. Before going in Jesus said to all the people who were wailing and mourning for the girl, Stop wailing. She is not dead but asleep.
They did not believe Him and They laughed at Him, knowing she was dead (v51-53). They laughed at Him. They laughed at the one man the girl’s father had turned to in hope against hope that his daughter might be saved. There is both a cruelty and a blindness in those who laughed at Jesus. They were in for a real surprise, a surprise of epic proportions.
Once inside Jesus took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but He ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened. We know she was indeed dead, for her spirit had to return to her and when it did, she stood up. There was no need to tell anyone, for some had seen the girl when she was dead and now, they would see her up and about and even eating. They would all understand something truly incredible had happened.
Why and how did this happen? It happened because one man, with his daughter dying, in in great faith and belief came to the one man who could heal her – Jesus the Nazarene. We know it was more than his faith because it was Jesus who said, Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed. What courage this father must have had to come to Jesus in faith and then to believe, just believe, He could and did when it counted.
Back to us, could you act on such faith and believe? Would you act on your faith and believe? When all else fails that is exactly what Jesus wants us to do. Will we do it?