My, Devotion to Him #15
VERSE PASSAGE: Luke 8:49-55 “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.” When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he 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.” – NIV
The start of this passage mentions Jesus still speaking. This is due to Him heading to the house of Jairus. In which was where a sick girl laid. Jesus had just told the woman who had the issue of blood to go in peace. He was now amongst the crowd talking. During this time someone from the house of Jairus comes. Jairus is there with Jesus anxiously waiting for Jesus to go to his house to heal his daughter. The person told Jairus “Your daughter is dead. There is no need for Jesus now. Leave Him alone.” (Paraphrased).
I’m sure the heart of Jairus broke. I mean this man left the bedside of his daughter to go get Jesus. He knew Jesus could heal her. He was probably torn rather to stay and be there for his daughter or go find Jesus. When he went and found Him. He had gotten Jesus to make way to his house. Jesus stopped because someone touched Him, come to find out it was a woman who had an issue of blood. Now, all this time is going by and I’m sure Jairus is getting impatient. I wouldn’t blame him, his daughter is dying. All of a sudden someone comes from his house to give him the bad news. There’s a few things to see here.
1. He left his dying daughters bedside to get help.
2. He found help but it took to long.
3. He was not with his daughter in her last moment. Which is hard for anyone who has had a relative die.
Jairus was torn, his heart broken, his legs getting weak. Yet, Jesus tells him to not be afraid, just believe and his daughter will be healed. To the natural mans eye what healing can come of this? She is dead! I mean Jairus probably was thinking “healing? How? My daughter is dead.” Think about how you would feel to have been in his position. Though, Jairus had a decision in which would change his life. He had to decide whether to believe or not to believe. Whether to continue to take Jesus to his house to heal his daughter or just leave it alone since she was dead there was no point.
Jairus decided to continue to take Jesus to his house. When they had got there. Jesus said “she’s not dead but only asleep.” People laughed uncontrollably. Everyone there knew as much as anyone there that the daughter of Jairus was dead. Jesus said “My child, get up” her spirit went back into her and she was awaken from death. Glory to God!
I believe whole heartedly that if Jairus had not allowed Jesus to go to his house. His daughter would’ve stayed dead. Because Jesus told Jairus to not be afraid but believe and she will be healed. If he didn’t allow Jesus to continue to his house that would be unbelief. Since there were heading to his house to heal his daughter in the first place.
Do not give up when your situation goes from bad to worse. Do not give up when the deck is stacked against you, when the world laughs, when you face some of the most impossible odds. Do not be afraid! Do not give up! Believe and you shall be made whole!
He is Jehovah Rapha the Lord our Healer! Amen.
1. Do not give up when your situation goes from bad to worse.
2. Do not be afraid of bad news.
3. Trust in the Lord even when things in life seem to get tougher, more challenging. Trust in the Lord and believe.
Copyright © 2017 by Jacob D. Olinger