by Ivor Powell

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The Home of Jairus: To Silence the Scoffers (20 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell
Luke 8:41-42, 49-56

Jairus the ruler of the synagogue had a terrible problem; he was caught between a rock and a hard place! His authority among the Hebrew congregation was unquestioned. He had ruled with dignity and honor. Every sabbath and as often as necessary he warned his people against the heretic from Nazareth who had apparently violated Jewish laws. Nevertheless, his pride and love were in conflict. His daughter lay dangerously ill, and Jesus alone offered the prospect of recovery. If he sought aid from the Healer, his job would be in jeopardy, and critics would be merciless in their denunciation. If he refrained from antagonizing the Pharisees, he would attend the funeral of his child. It will never be known how fierce the battle was within his soul before he made an irrevocable decision.

"And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying." The need was urgent, the situation desperate, but something had interrupted the journey toward the ruler's house. A woman had touched the hem of Christ's garment, and time was being wasted! If Jesus continued to interrogate people, delay might be fatal. "While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master." The Lord overheard the remark and said, "Fear not; believe only, and she shall be made whole" (Luke 8:49-50).

The crowd was approaching the home where the tragedy had occurred, and the professional mourners were already expressing their pseudo grief. Wails and excessive sobbing endorsed the news that the child had expired. The noise subsided when Jesus said, "Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth." Ev ...

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