By Dr. Lawrence Butler, The Bridge Church, Pembroke.
This is a most remarkable story of faith, humility, patience and ultimately answered prayer. We read that Jairus came to Jesus and fell at his feet, begging for Christ to come and heal his 12-year-old daughter who was at the point of death.
We are not told what caused this grave illness, only that she was about to die. One aspect of this situation that is so unusual is that Jairus was a ruler of a synagogue. The word used in Mark’s gospel for ruler speaks of his authority as a general overseer of the synagogue. Luke’s gospel uses a different word, one that describes Jairus as being over the public worship.
It was all but unknown for Jewish leaders to come to Christ for help.
John tells us that many rulers of the synagogues believed on Him but would not confess Him, probably because they feared being put out of their positions by the Pharisees (John 12:42).
Nicodemus was also a ruler (John 3:1-3), but only came to Jesus at night, most likely trying to hide from the Pharisees.
Jairus risked a lot by coming to Jesus, but he had to find help for his daughter. He was placed in a position by life that demanded change. Perhaps you find yourself in such a position today.
Sometimes we have to recognize that the only way out of certain situations is to try something we have never tried before.
You have followed life’s pathway to so many new areas you never dreamed existed. The party was great, and you had a good time. But now, like Jairus, you find the party is over.
You need help like never before. So, where do you turn? Who can help you?
Who can save the thing that is most important to you? Do what Jairus did. Go where you can get help, regardless of what others think. Run to Christ and let Him show you real love and forgiveness.