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Our story comes from a very familiar passage of scripture and questionably one the most famous stories in the New Testament. We find our story in Mark 5:21-24 & 35-43.
Our main characters are Jesus and Jairus.
Fasten your seat belts for some fast paced miracle mojo.
35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. 39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. 43 But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.
Our main character’s name is Jairus. He is a ruler of the local synagogue and well known among the Christians. He comes to Jesus begging for healing from a very sick child.
Like other stories we have a multitude of people flocking around Jesus. Multitudes get in the way. This is very difficult for those needing healing. The sick were constantly fighting for attention, or position or simply being noticed. In this story Jairus gets lost in the crowd and totally separated from Jesus. He actually loses touch with him because of how many people are trying to get to him.
Do you feel crowded out? Do you feel that Jesus is too busy for little oh you?
Do you feel that other people are hurting worse than you are?
Let me say that God knows every detail of your life. Even how many hairs are on your head. God can multi-task and He knows all things, and He has a miracle with your name on it! You must believe that!
The next take-a-way from this story is that we must never walk by sight!
Jesus agrees to go with Jairus to his house to heal his daughter. As they begin their journey (healing is always a journey) a multitude of people begin to follow, Jesus is delayed, and messengers from Jairus’ house come with a message ~ “your daughter is dead.”
How devastating! Can you imagine this? Your daughter is dead! Sometimes in pursuit of your healing stuff dies. Hope can die. Dreams of a better life can die. In this case a person actually died. Notice, this does not move Jesus.
And remember in pursuit of your miracle there are times you’re miracle looks totally DEAD.
They did not say your daughter has turned worse. They said; she is dead. Oftentimes when seeking a miracle we actually experience the reality that things are getting worse. Oftentimes we experience the total opposite of what we are standing for.
What do we do when the worst thing possible happens?
Give up hope? Throw in the towel? Crater to emotions?
Look what Jesus said; do not be afraid; only believe.
Now, let me tell you. Do not be afraid; only believe!!