The Healing of Jairus' Daughter
Luke 8:40-42, 49-56
INTRODUCTION: The story of Jarius' daughter is given in the gospels of Mathew, Mark and Luke. Obviously, the Lord placed a great amount of importance on this story; and rightly so, for the raising of the dead is no small matter. In the Bible, we find cases where the Lord used other people to raise the dead, but it was only by His power that they were able to do so. No one today has the ability to resurrect the dead; if they could, they would be out in the cemeteries bringing up all their relatives and friends. It might be better to leave some of them there.
Turning back to a more serious note; we find the Lord returning from an evangelistic trip in the area of Galilee. In the first part of the chapter, it says that 'He went throughout every city and village, preaching the glad tidings of the Kingdom of God.'
When He returned, Jesus was approached by a man named Jairus. Jairus' daughter had died...she was his only daughter and but 12 years of age. One can only imagine his grief.
As we look at our story, we see several things:
I. An Empty Religion
II. An Exceptional Faith
III. An Exceeding Miracle
I. AN EMPTY RELIGION
In vs. 40, it says, 'And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue...' The word synagogue means gathering place. It is said that synagogues originated during the Babylonian captivity, when the Jews were taken away from the Temple in Jerusalem. The synagogue, in many ways, is much like a church. There is the reading of the Scriptures from the Torah--the first 5 books of the Old Testament; then prayers are offered, which are generally followed by a sermon from the Rabbi. However, Jews do not include Jesus in their worship. They do not recognize Him as the Messiah, nor do they include Him in any part of their religion.
When we visited Israel, we visited the ancient synagogue in city of Caperna ...
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