JESUS IS STILL ABLE!
LUKE 8: 40-55
40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years,[c] but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” 47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” 50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” 53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
A few weeks ago, our devotional covered these same scriptures but focused on the woman with the issue of blood. We were encourage to reach out and touch Jesus and see what his power can do. Today, we return to these scriptures because they remind us of how multi-dimensional or multi-leveled life can be. The story of the woman with the issue of blood literally takes place in the middle of another story: a father trying to save the life of his dying daughter.
In this story, Jesus is on his way to the house of Jarius to visit his very ill daughter. Jesus is stopped by the bleeding woman and takes the time to tell her that her faith has healed her. No sooner than this happens, Jarius learns that despite his best efforts his daughter is dead. Just like that we have the brutal juxtaposition of one healed woman and one dead girl.
Life can be painfully ugly in the sense that sometimes no matter how hard we try or plan, someone else will get there before us. Someone else will get the win. Someone else gets the promotion. Someone else gets the blessing. Moreover, there never seems to be a shortage of people like the man who told Jarius to give up and leave Jesus alone. Seriously, he could have just said, “I’m sorry to tell you that your daughter has died.” “Don’t bother the teacher anymore” was simply extra. It was salt in an open wound. Unfortunately, discouraging voices are another reality of life.
Yet, my friends, let us take heart. Even if the circumstances of our life overwhelm us, they will never overwhelm our Jesus. In spite of the painfully bad news, Jesus encourages Jarius to maintain his hope and faith. They eventually reach Jarius’ home only to meet more naysayers. It’s amazing how intense the discouragement can become just before our biggest breakthrough. Take note that Jesus literally chases his doubters away. He healed Jarius’ dead daughter and told the parents not to brag about it.
In the end, despite the crowd, the sick woman, the discouragers, the doubters, or the delays, Jesus still heard Jarius. Jesus still encouraged Jarius. Jesus still walked with Jarius. Jesus still saved Jarius’ daughter. Yes, we live in wild and difficult times where many of us are overwhelmed or in duress. Nevertheless, none of these things change some very important facts.
Jesus is still real! Jesus still sees us and cares for us! Jesus is still able!