The Outcast

The Outcast: Jairus

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I don’t know how often this series will occur, but I am thankful for the opportunity to resume The Outcast series… Lately, I have had moments of being reminded of Jairus’ daughter. Though thought to have died, she now lives. Within these few Bible verses, there are s-e-v-e-r-a-l people’s stories that could be told. It seems fitting to start with the father, Jairus. Who is this man? We know he had a great need, that was close to his heart.

Luke 8 gives us the account:

And there came a man named Jairus, and he was an official of the synagogue; and he fell at Jesus’ feet, and began to implore Him to come to his house. for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying (vv. 41-42a)…

The Man

Jairus is a man of authority.
An official of the synagogue.
He would of known the law, even followed it.
He would have heard Jesus preach on occasion.

This man came running to Jesus with a great need close to his heart.

He came running to Jesus heartbroken, ready to witness the most miraculous event he has ever witnessed. Even greater than witnessing his daughter’s birth. He needed to witness Jesus breathe life back into his little girl. Though almost a young woman, Jairus needed his little girl to be healed by the great I AM.

Jairus came before Jesus, fell at His feet in humility, and fully believed that Jesus is who He says He is. Jairus came believing that God is able to do the impossible.

The Need

We know Jairus’ daughter was gravely ill.
The hand of Jesus was needed.
Still today, the hand of Jesus is needed!

Many need the hand of God to reach down and touch them.

Jairus’ daughter wasn’t (and will not) be the only one. But, she is healed. Divinely healed. Chosen to be healed. Her and others. Others aren’t neglected as we might think, but chosen for different tasks. Remember the words of John 9:2-3 be your comfort as you wait for healing:

His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

The Crazy Father

People must of thought he was crazy. In fact, I think the scripture bear witness to this. In verse 49, someone from the synagogue comes out to meet them (Jesus, Jairus, and the disciples) to tell the poor father to not bother the teacher anymore. “She is gone, my brother, she is gone.” You can hear this synagogue man saying to Jairus in front of Jesus.

While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore (vv. 49).”

When Jesus Responds on Jairus’ Behalf

It must have been the greatest blessing at that given moment to hear Jesus utter the words: “Just believe. She will be made well. Let’s go. She will be made well. Keep believing, and let’s begin our journey to your place.”

But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well (vv.50) .”

The Healing

Jairus’ faith served him well.

Though his fear would have been crippling, he ran to Jesus. Jesus came. His daughter is not only healed. Him and his wife are gifted with the experience of witnessing the girl’s healing! Jairus is left absolutely amazed and stunned at what has just happened.

Reflection

How is Jesus responding on your behalf today? We may feel as though we are an outcast in our circumstances, but we can rest assured that He is working on our behalf and encouraging us to stand courageously – because He is on our side!

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