7644 - Daughter of Jairus

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The power of God in Jesus was revealed to us in so many ways, but one of the most exciting things to see is someone being raised from the dead.

Today let’s review the story about the daughter of Jairus as found in Luke 8.

(Luke 8:41-42, 49-56) Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowd almost crushed him.

While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," he said. "Don't bother the teacher any more."

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. Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

A synagogue leader, a lay person elected by the people, was a highly visible and respected person. These leaders were administrators over the affairs of the Jewish community. The synagogue was the hub of life in their society.

Giving no attention to his position, Jairus humbly fell at the feet of Jesus and entreated him to come and minister to his dying daughter who was about twelve years of age. Jesus went with him.

As they walked along a messenger from the house of Jairus brought the bad news that his daughter had already died.

Notice how Jesus instantly encouraged Jairus by saying, “Don’t be afraid; just believe and she will be healed.” As never before this man’s faith is tested.

When they arrived at the house, friends and family were wailing and mourning over the death of this daughter. Jesus told these friends that the girl was not dead, but was asleep. They scoffed at that idea.

Except for Jesus all hope was gone. Jesus permitted the mother and father, along with Peter, John and James, to accompany him into the place where the daughter lay.

Jesus took the girl’s hand and told her to stand up. Lo and behold, her spirit returned to her body, and she stood up right away. She was raised healthy and well enough to eat. Jesus told the parents to feed her. This gave them something to do as they wrestled with understanding what had happened. Of course they were elated along with being astonished.

As Jesus often did, he told these parents not to tell anyone what had happened. Jesus sought to tell people about the kingdom of God, and if people crowded around him only to behold miracles, they would be distracted from the important message.

This incident brought to the attention of the three apostles who were present another demonstration of the power of God.

God’s plan was for Jesus, although he was the Son of God, to refrain from using his divine power while on earth in human form. Rather he was to place himself in total dependence upon the Father. The Father would indwell and empower Jesus, direct and guide him. Thus it was the Father’s power which flowed through Jesus to perform the many mighty acts during the life of Jesus (Phi. 2:7; Acts 10:38; John 14:10; 17:18).

There was an important reason for this plan. The presence of the indwelling Father, and the willing, obedient action of Jesus to be subject to the Father, was to demonstrate to future believers that they are likewise called upon to depend and trust that the indwelling Christ will accomplish his mighty work in and through each of us as we live out our Christian life down here. We are never to forget that without him we can do nothing (John 15:5), but that through his presence and power, we can do anything (Phil. 4:13). That’s the way he has chosen to accomplish his work down here.