MUSINGS – October 08 2018
Jesus again crossed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee in a boat. A large crowd gathered around him by the seashore. A synagogue leader named Jairus also arrived. When he saw Jesus, he quickly bowed down in front of him. He begged Jesus, “My little daughter is dying. Come, lay your hands on her so that she may get well and live.” Jesus went with the man. A huge crowd followed Jesus and pressed him on every side.
(I’m skipping over a few verses. We’ll get to those tomorrow.)
While Jesus was still speaking to her, some people came from the synagogue leader’s home. They told the synagogue leader, “Your daughter has died. Why bother the teacher anymore?” When Jesus overheard what they said, he told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid! Just believe.” Jesus allowed no one to go with him except Peter and the two brothers James and John. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a noisy crowd there. People were crying and sobbing loudly. When he came into the house, he asked them, “Why are you making so much noise and crying? The child isn’t dead. She’s just sleeping.” They laughed at him. So he made all of them go outside. Then he took the child’s father, mother, and his three disciples and went to the child. Jesus took the child’s hand and said to her, “Talitha, koum!” which means, “Little girl, I’m telling you to get up!” The girl got up at once and started to walk. (She was twelve years old.) They were astonished. Jesus ordered them not to let anyone know about this. He also told them to give the little girl something to eat.
Because we so often read of Jesus’s confrontations with the religious leaders in Jerusalem, we can get the scewed perspective that all the leaders hatred Jesus. This is not true. He often spoke in the synagogues as he traveled around the country.
Here we see Jairus, a leader in the local synagogue, in the midst of a large crowd, come and fall at Jesus feet. Here was a man of importance but he did not come to Jesus demanding special attention because of his position. No, he came humbling himself and begging. His twelve year old daughter was gravely ill.
Her age is recorded here because it was important. If she were younger than twelve, she would not be accountable for her actions under the Law of Moses. At age twelve she becomes responsible for any sins she may have committed. So, Jairus was not just begging for his daughters life but also her soul.
When word comes that she had died, it is too late for the physician, the healer. It is impossible to heal the dead. But Jesus is not a doctor. He is God the Son to whom nothing is impossible.
Many thing in life are impossible in the natural order of things. However, if it be God’s good will, His supernatural power can make them possible. If we humble ourselves and fall at his feet begging, we may see a miracle, if our will and His will are aligned. (James 4:2-3)
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