Friday, December 15

What Jairus Knew (And Every Parent Should Know)

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And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. (Mark 5:22-23)

Jairus was a ruler or priest of a synagogue. And he was a priest with a problem; his daughter lie at home, sick to the point of death. But he heard of a man, a man called Jesus, who had the power to heal the sick. And he heard this Jesus was passing through town and was compelled to seek Him on behalf of his daughter.

Notice here that Jairus was a ruler. He had responsibilities in the house of worship. But he understood his first ministry was to his household. Now, being a priest was a full-time responsibility, but he dropped what he was doing to get what his daughter needed.

Jairus knew that he could not get his daughter to come to Jesus, so he besought Jesus to come to his daughter! Praise God! Catch the revelation here: he invited Jesus to enter into his daughter’s presence. He knew that if he could just get Jesus to enter the room, to touch his daughter, her situation would change.

How many parents today experience difficulty in getting their children to come to Christ? Jairus understood CLEARLY that if he couldn’t get Jesus to come to his daughter, she would DIE! How many children are at risk of spiritual death because they lack a simple touch from God?

But the story gets more interesting, Jesus gets detoured by the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34). This consumed precious minutes — minutes that Jesus could have been using to heal Jairus’ daughter.

Mind you, a miracle occurred here — the woman who interrupted Jesus was healed of her sickness! Glory to God! But it’s hard to see past someone else’s miracle when you are in dire need, yourself. How many times have you thought God was simply too busy with other things to pay attention to your little problem?

What happened next was someone came from Jairus’ household and informed him that his daughter was dead (Mark 5:35). At this point, Jairus could have given up and Jesus could have gone about His merry way, but watch what Jesus said:

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue,Be not afraid, only believe. (Mark 5:36)

In the face of a bad report, we must maintain — no, increase — our trust in God. Without saying so, the Scripture implies that Jesus and Jairus continued on their way to his daughter.

And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. (Mark 5:37)

Jesus had twelve anointed disciples in His inner circle. Yet he only permitted three, Peter, James, and John to go with Him. In other words, you cannot take everyone with you into a faith fight! Even some of the most anointed folks may falter or faint when confronted with real spiritual adversity. To be blunt about it, not everyone in your inner circle can go into the fight with you. God will reveal who you can take. And this is absolutely critical when it comes to your children!

When Jesus, Jairus, and the three Apostles went into Jairus’ home, they found the trappings of death — mourners and wailers. A pall was cast over the household. The child was dead and the relatives were grieving. Listen, without Jesus, the trappings of death are all about you. You grieve because your child is spirirtually unresponsive to you.

Your child is dead apart from God!

Jesus told everyone that the child was not dead but sleeping (Mark 5:39). I stand in awe at how God can look at a dead thing yet speak life to it. And the funny thing is that folks standing around can only see the death in the situation and grieve — that is, throw up their hands and accept the “obvious.” In the natural, many parents are prepared to give up, give in, throw in the towel!

But along comes Jesus…

Jesus put the scorners out of the room (Mark 5:40). Notice that when you are going into a faith fight, you cannot take everyone with you BUT when you’re IN a faith fight, you may have to separate yourself from some folks! If there are negative people and naysayers in your midst whose words don’t line up with the Word of God, get rid of them!

Finally, Jesus comes in with a touch and a Word. We all need a touch from God; indeed, we need a proceeding Word from Him. When He speaks His Word over us and touches the stony flesh we call the heart, He simply says, “Arise,” (Mark 5:41) and it comes to pass. His Word will not go forth and return void (Isaiah 55:11)!

Just like Jairus’ daughter, your children will spring to life once the Word of God is spoken over them in love. It may not happen immediately. It may even seem the situation is worse than the original state. But only believe — be steadfast in the confidence that God wants to breath new life into your child that they may be able to walk in the fullness of life!

Religious folks say take your kids to Jesus. God sent me here to tell you to bring Jesus to your children. When you take the initiative to do this, you will see your children arise out of the sleep of spiritual death into the full consciousness and alertness only found in Jesus!

© 2010 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)

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