Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him. Just then, there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to His house, for He had an only daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying. As He went, the crowds pressed on Him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from bleeding for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His clothes, and immediately Her bleeding stopped.
Then Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I noticed that power had gone out from me.” When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
While He was still speaking, someone came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.” When Jesus heard this, He replied, “Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.”
When He came to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him, except Peter, John, and James, and the child’s father and mother. They were all weeping and wailing for her; but He said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at Him, knowing that she was dead.
But He took her by the hand and called out, “Child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and she got up at once. The He directed them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astounded; but He ordered them to tell no one what had happened. (Luke 8:40-56, NRSV)
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When you first started this passage, you most likely did a “double-take,” making sure that you were reading the right devotion. As you quickly discovered, today’s miracle is sandwiched around the beautiful healing of the “Woman in the Crowd.”
Jairus, a man urgent to find Jesus, humbly falls at His feet, begging for help. His one request: his sweet, innocent daughter’s life. We discover quickly that she is dying - and with compassion and love, Jesus instantly follows this man to his home. What relief to know that Jesus is coming with you.
On the trek home, I can picture Jairus yelling for people to get out of the way. I can visualize the complete exhaustion on his face as he uses every ounce of strength to push back the crowd. The only thing on his mind is his beautiful daughter and the hope that Jesus is providing him.
And then...he turns around and Jesus had stopped moving. Jesus. Stopped. Moving.
Jesus - the One who was on a mission with him to do a mighty work... Jesus - the answer to his dire need... Jesus - the one who had made him a promise by His actions to come with him... had stopped.
All of a sudden, Jesus’ attention appears to be everywhere but on Jairus’ daughter.
No doubt, the work that Jesus does to this woman is amazing. But I wonder how impatient and worried this made Jairus. Being a leader in the synagogue, there had to have been some understanding and appreciation for the miraculous occurrence that this woman had experienced.
But notice the two sentences that overlap after her healing. One was spoken by Jesus to the woman in the crowd. And the other was spoken by a servant to Jairus.
“Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
“Sir, your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.”
Both say “daughter.” One says, “made well.” The other says, “is dead.” One says, “go in peace.” The other says, “let Jesus go in peace.”
As a father myself, you better believe that these sentences, back-to-back, would have done a number on my heart.
And Jesus, knowing the tenderness of this situation, replies oh-so-accordingly. “Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.” Do not fear. Only believe.
This miracle asks us a very difficult set of questions. In the midst of our need, are we okay to wait? In the middle of our search, right in the moment where we are striving with Christ, those times when we are finally getting somewhere... are we okay to all-of-a-sudden wait?
In other words, are we okay to watch someone else receive our miracle?
And yes, this was not “his miracle” that “she took.” But in the heart of a hurting man whose mind is sure that Jesus is about to work in his life - you can bet that a dramatic change of plans would hit him hard with doubting thoughts like this.
He had done the work of coming to the Rabbi. He had gotten to Him first. He was the one who stopped everything to fall down and humbly request something. Why would Jesus - knowing that his daughter was dying - focus His attention elsewhere?
Because His ways are greater than ours.
In this new plan, Jesus did not just save one man’s precious daughter, but He also made a precious daughter out of a bleeding and unclean woman. In this new plan, Jesus did not just quickly accomplish the request of a man, instead He taught the man patience and the overcoming power of belief. And in this new plan, Jesus showed that God’s timing is outside the realm of human time.
God can always focus on what is now without diminishing what will be.
So today, do you need to hear those very same words of Jesus, “Do not fear. Only believe”? Or - is there some bitterness and resentment that you need to confess from that time you had to “wait?” Or perhaps God is calling you to widen the view of your current need - maybe on the exact road to your miracle, He is asking you to take part in something wonderfully grand. Will you?
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