A Matter of Death and Life – 2 3/05/2020

Unless otherwise specified, all the Scripture verses are taken from the NIV.

            Jairus is walking home with Jesus believing with all his heart that Jesus is going to heal his daughter.  THE QUESTION IS – how long will he be able to keep walking.  How long will he be able to believe what he believes now?  When is it time to give up our beliefs and listen to reason, to stop believing it and just accept reality? 

            BY THE WAY, exactly what  IS reality for a believer in Christ? What determines “reality” for a believer?  Is it what we see, what we think and what others are telling us?  Or is reality what God says in His Word?

            Because we’re covering these passages of Scripture in small pieces instead of one big chunk, as we’re walking along you might have a lot of “yeahbut” questions.  As you’re reading, you might be thinking, “Yeah, but what about this?  Yeah, but what about that?” 

            You might become confused.  You might even get upset and angry.   But please be patient.  Let’s keep walking with Jairus and Jesus until we get to the end of the chapter.  Hopefully, by then it will start to make sense.  The whole point of this study is to make it to the end of the chapter.  Not everybody can do that.  I’m hoping that you can and that you will endure to the end.

            Jairus still has a long way to go.  Let’s see if his faith will take him all the way home.

            Luke 8:42b – “As Jesus was on His way, the crowds almost crushed Him.”  Jesus couldn’t go anywhere without attracting a crowd.  Have you ever noticed that when you’re in a hurry, the traffic lights are all red and the traffic is bumper-to-bumper?  I can’t speak for Jairus, but if that had been me and MY daughter was dying, I would have panicked.

            “Pardon me.  Excuse me.  Please move over and get out of the way.  We’ve got to get through.  My daughter’s dying and I have to get home.”

            Mark 5:25-26 “And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.  She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better, she grew worse.”  I’m sure many of us can relate.

            Jairus had pleaded with Jesus to come save his daughter’s life but they can barely move because they’re being crushed by large crowds of people.  Now this woman is going to slow them down even more.

            Mark 5:27-28  “She came up behind Him (Jesus) in the crowd because she thought, ’If I just touch his clothes I will be healed.”

            Jairus and this woman have a lot in common.  I don’t believe either of them ever attended a Prayer Conference or a Bible Study that taught them how to pray and how NOT to pray.  They were never told what they should expect or what they should NOT expect when they prayed.

            They’re both way beyond the point where those things matter to them anymore.  There were no other options for them.  There was no other hope.  They had tried everything else and had come up empty.  Now there was nothing left but Jesus.

            Jairus knew that if Jesus came and placed His hands on his daughter, his daughter would be healed.  The woman knew that if she just touched the hem of Jesus’ clothes, she’d be healed.  They both had absolutely no doubts about that.  They were completely depending on Jesus and were fully convinced that He would do it for them.  They had no plan B.

            Mark 5:29-30  “Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in he body that she was freed from her suffering.  At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him.  He turned around… and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’” 

            Jesus knew who touched Him.  He knows everything.  Jesus asked the question so everyone else would know who touched Him and why HER touch was so different from everyone else in the crowd.  He also wanted this woman to know that her persistence had been rewarded.

            Luke 8:45 –  “Who touched me?… Peter said, ‘Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.’”

            “Who touched you?  Everybody touched you.  Look at the size of this crowd.”  “Peter, hundreds of people may have touched my flesh, but only one person touched my heart, only one person touched me with faith.” 

            Luke 8:46 – “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”  How long should we pray for something?  When is it time to give up?  We keep praying until our faith has touched His power.  Unfortunately, we may have to be as desperate as Jairus and this woman before we’re willing to let that happen.

            Luke 8:47a – “The woman, seeing she could not go unnoticed…”  First of all, Jesus always notices faith and secondly, everything Jesus does for us gets noticed by someone.

            She came “trembling and fell at His (Jesus’) feet.”  I’m pretty sure that when the believers get to heaven, we’re all going to fall down at His feet just like this woman did.  Someday, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.  (Philippians  2:10-11)

            Luke 8:47b – “In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched Him and how she had been instantly healed.”  See, you don’t need a Seminary degree to be a witness.  This woman simply told the people around her what Jesus had done for her.  Jesus can do what no one else can do and He wants us to share that with others.

            Luke 8:48 –  “Then Jesus said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you.  Go in peace.”  After twelve long years, she has finally been healed.  That’s wonderful.  I’m very happy for her, but WHAT ABOUT JAIRUS?

            Luke 8:49 – “While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler, ‘Your daughter is dead,’ he said.”    Do you realize what just happened here?  “While Jesus was still speaking….”  That means that, in one ear, Jairus is hearing Jesus tell this woman to go in peace because her faith has healed her and at the same time, in the other ear, someone is telling him that his daughter is dead.

            Jairus has just seen a woman desperately push her way through a crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment.  He has just heard Jesus say that her faith has healed her.  Jairus believes with all his heart that Jesus has the power to heal. 

            In Mark 5:23, Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet and cried out, “My little daughter is dying.  Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 

            Jesus agreed to walk with Jairus.  Jairus believed with all his heart that his daughter was going to be healed.  But he’s just been told she’s DEAD.  It’s hard to keep believing something when you’ve just been told that your prayer has not been answered.

             For some people, it’s simply a matter of Biblical doctrine.  Why does God heal some but not others?  But for Jairus, and anyone else who has been personally affected by this, all they want to know is why didn’t God heal – (my daughter, my son, my husband or my wife, my friend?)

            “I prayed.  I fasted.  I believed.  This woman was healed because of her faith.  What’s wrong with my faith.  Didn’t I have enough faith?” 

             I’ve never gone through anything like this, but many of my dearest friends have.  It’s so easy for others to dispense theological advice and I know they’re just trying to help  

            But unless you’ve gone through something like this personally, you can’t even begin to imagine the depth of pain that someone is enduring.  It’s so easy to become one of “Job’s friends” at a time like this

            Think about this and let it soak in until next time.  Stay with us.  There’s so much more to come.

            If you haven’t done so already, check out a free preview of “Why Did He Bother? on Amazon.com  It’s available as a paperback, EBook and Audible.

            Lord willing, the next posting of “A Matter of Death and Life – 3” will be on Monday, (3/9/2020).

Published by pastorbuj

I have over forty-five years of pastoral experience serving churches in Rhode Island, New York State and California. After retirement, I wrote and published a book titled, "Why Did He Bother? A Pastor's Account of God's Abundant Mercy, Love, and Grace." It is available as a paperback, e-book and audible from Amazon.com. My newest venture is a Bible teaching blog site called "pastorbuj.wordpress.com"

3 thoughts on “A Matter of Death and Life – 2 3/05/2020

    1. The story keeps getting better as Jairus continues to walk with Jesus. All of our stories have better endings if we keep walking with Jesus until the very end. Keep following and encourage others to do so, too. Please mention it to Joy and Steve, if you get the chance.


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