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 5:23
Dear Church and Friends,
Recently, a friend asked me about the story of Jairus’ daughter. So, since its been on my mind I thought we would take a break from 1 Samuel and return to the shores of Galilee. In Mark 5:21-24 Jesus arrives by ship and as soon as he gets out the people gather to him.
One of those was a man by the name of Jairus. This man was a ruler of the synagogue. Typically, synagogue rulers didn’t seek Jesus out. Neither did they fall down and worship him. Religious people are all about performance not worship. But we have before us a broken man, his daughter is dying.
We see his procession toward faith in his confession and prayer.
- He says, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: We feel his despair! This brokenness releases him from any dependence on his position or religious allegiance. His daughter is at the point of death and only God knows when she might pass.
- He pleads for Jesus to come, I pray thee, come We’ve seen this type of request twice already in Mark 5. Once when the Gadarenes ask him to leave in 5:17, and once when the demoniac asks to go with him in 5:18. Now the broken-hearted father pleads for Jesus to come to his house.
- He probably doesn’t know what to ask Him to do so he says, and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; Jairus didn’t need to tell Jesus how to heal, but the man is desperate. He’s seen doctors touching her and others applying their cures to no avail. He wants Jesus to do what he did for the Leper, for Peter’s mother-in-law, and the nameless others transformed by his touch.
- All of this is powered by a confident faith! and she shall live. Not, she might live, or give it a try, or we’re hopeful. No, he states the impossible with words charged by a heart of faith.
Jesus always goes with the person who is broken. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. He passes through difficulty to help him. He passed through a storm to help the Gadarene Demoniac, and he passed through a mob to go with Jairus. Strengthed by faith Jairus silently follows leaving all to Jesus.
Music: I See My Jesus performed by NLC Worship.
Prayer Requests: Please pray for our missionary Vance Pitman in Las Vegas, NV.
Craig’s Catechism: The Fourth Part of Our Belief
- Question 297: May men be joined with Christ, and not with His saints? Answer: No, not with the saints, if not with Christ.
- Question 298: What then should be our principle concern? Answer: To hold fast our union with Christ our Head.
- Question 299: What follows upon that? Answer: Then of necessity we are joined with all His saints, and the Church.
- Question 300: Should we not seek them, and join with them externally also? Answer: Without doubt, whether we see them, or hear of them in particular.
All my best,
And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.Mark 5:24
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