And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him.
[vs.43-48] Woman with flow of blood healed. See Who touched me?
While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened. – Luke 9:41-56 (cf. Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43).
Jairus was one of the rulers of the synagogue. The majority of them did not believe in or follow Jesus. Those who did believe in Him, did so secretly because they were afraid of (1) the Pharisees, and (2) of being put out of the synagogues (see John 12:42, 43). He puts his trust in Jesus. He believes that Jesus can heal his daughter.
He goes to find Jesus because he has a huge problem. His daughter’s life is at stake! His only 12 year old daughter is dying. So, when he finds Jesus, he hurries to Him and falls at his feet, by way of worship. This must have been a hard thing for him to do as a leader of the synagogue. The people must be staring at him. He does not care because his daughter is more important to him than his pride. So, he does the unthinkable. He earnestly begs Jesus to come to his house, lay His hand on her, and heal her that she may live. So Jesus goes with him. A great multitude follows Him. As they proceed, a woman with a flow of blood for 12 years is healed by touching the border of Jesus’ garment. See Who touched me?
This interruption is painful for Jairus because it makes Jesus stop, look around, ask questions, while his daughter is dying. While Jesus is still speaking to the woman, someone comes from his house and declares that his daughter is dead and the Teacher should not be troubled further. It must have been a gut wrenching moment for Jairus. When Jesus hears this news, He says, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” Jesus is in complete control of the situation. He tells Jairus to keep trusting Him.
They finally reach Jairus’ house. There is a lot of commotion, weeping, and wailing by the people gathered there. These people did not have faith in Jesus. They ridicule Him when He says that the girl is not dead but sleeping. So, He puts them all outside. (They are not invited to enter the home and witness the miracle.) He takes Peter, James, and John, and the girl’s parents and enters the room where the child is lying. It takes a moment for Jesus to take her by the hand and raise her from the dead with a simple statement! Immediately she rises and walks about. Jesus remembers her needs! Give her something to eat! All are amazed.
Application: When we are faced with difficult situations, we should not fear, but place out trust in Jesus. We should take our needs to Him without hesitation. He is the Master of every situation. We should trust Him completely; to hear us and meet our needs in His own way.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.