By Dr. Lawrence Butler, The Bridge Church, Pembroke.
As I ponder the story of Jairus, that notable Pharisee whose daughter was dying, I am somewhat startled by the absence of any family members going with him to find Jesus. He seems to be alone. (If you missed the earlier studies of this story, I hope that you will find a way to read them.
They reveal more about the man named Jairus and his position in society.) When Jairus reaches Jesus, he finds a crowd of people, but somehow through his diligence and humility he manages to so touch the heart of Christ that our Savior agrees to go to his home and heal his daughter. No one is identified as being with him in any of the three gospels which tell this story. How sad and tragic. He is alone in his grief. Oh, there were mourners at the house, hired to grieve and make noises, but no one is with the father who is seeking help.
Not one word of encouragement is spoken to him. In truth, his family and friends probably did not want him to go to the Master. Jesus was viewed by many Pharisees as being filled with the spirit of Beelzebub, the chief devil in their minds. “And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils” (Mark 3:22). No doubt Jairus was discouraged by those close to him not to go to Jesus because of their disdain of the Galilean. However, he went even if he had to go alone. Then surprisingly, Jesus headed to his house.
On his way home, as they were interrupted by the healing of the woman with an issue of blood, someone finally shows up from home with a message. Family? Don’t know. Friend? Not sure. Co-worker at the synagogue? Uncertain. Encouraging? Not on your life! “While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?” (Mark 5:35). Basically the messenger was saying, “Let’s go. He can’t help you now.” You can listen to those around you, or you can listen to Jesus. Hear the words of Christ, even in the darkest of hours. “Be not afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:36). If you will listen and believe, your needs can be fulfilled just as Jairus’ were! It is never too late to believe.