Summary: This sermon is about the healing of Jairus daughter.
FATHER’S DAY 2005, JUNE 19
21When Jesus went in the boat back to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him there. 22A leader of the synagogue, named Jairus, came there, saw Jesus, and fell at his feet. 23He begged Jesus, saying again and again, "My daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so she will be healed and will live." 24So Jesus went with him.
TODAY IS FATHERS DAY. IT SEEMS THAT THIS DAY DOESN’T CARRY THE SAME IMPORTANCE AS MOTHERS DAY. SOMEONE WAS TELLING ME THE OTHER DAY, THAT MORE PHONE CALLS ARE MADE ON MOTHERS DAY THAN ANY OTHER HOLIDAY, BUT, MORE COLLECT PHONE CALLS ARE MADE ON FATHERS DAY THAN ANY OTHER HOLIDAY. ONE YOUNGSTER WHEN ASKED ABOUT FATHERS DAY, SAID, IT’S JUST LIKE MOTHERS DAY, ONLY YOU DON’T SPEND AS MUCH ON GIFTS.
FATHERS DAY FOR MANY IS NOT A GOOD DAY. THEIR MEMORIES OF FATHER ARE NOT GOOD MEMORIES. FOR TOO MANY, ESPECIALLY IN THIS TIME, THE MEMORY OF DAD IS AN ABSENT TEE. I WAS READING SOMETHING THE OTHER DAY WRITTEN BY A MAN WHO IS JUST A FEW YEARS OLDER THAN ME, SO IN HIS 50’S, AND HE WROTE, MY DAD WAS GONE A LOT, AT WORK. HE PROVIDED FOR HIS FAMILY, AND AT THAT TIME, THAT WAS WHAT WAS EXPECTED OF DAD. MY OWN FATHER WAS MUCH LIKE THAT. HE WORKED AT TWO JOBS AND PROVIDED FOR HIS FAMILY. BUT, AND THIS IS HUGE, MY DAD ALSO MODELED THE CHRIST CENTERED LIFE FOR HIS CHILDREN. I HAVE OFTEN TOLD YOU, MY PARENTS, BOTH MY MOM AND DAD TOOK ME TO CHURCH. LISTEN TO THESE STATS THAT SOMEONE HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO FIND.
68 million of our nation’s 94 million men don’t attend any church. This, in spite of the fact, that 86% of them grew up with some sort of church background. . Research has revealed that if a child is the first person in a household to become a Christian, there is a 3.5 percent probability that everyone else in the household will become Christians. Not very high at all. If the mother is the first to accept Christ, the percent goes up and 17 percent of the homes will see the remainder of its members trust Christ. But if the father is first, there is a 93 percent probability that everyone else in the household will follow.
When father goes first spiritually, good things happen at home. Let’s all pray together that God will call even more men to spiritual revival and renewal. Never has there been a generation in our nation, where this has been more important than now.
A FATHER AND HIS SON WENT ON A FISHING TRIP. WHEN THEY RETURNED HOME, THE FATHER WAS TALKING TO A FRIEND AND AT THE SAME TIME THE SON WAS TALKING TO A FRIEND OF HIS. THE FRIEND ASKED THE FATHER HOW THE TRIP WENT, THE FATHERS RESPONSE, ABSOLUTELY MISERABLE, WORSE DAY OF MY LIFE. WE STRUGGLED GETTING THE BOAT READY TO GO, GOT TO THE LAKE AND HAD TO GO AND GET GAS, GOT OUT ON THE WATER LATE, AND ALL THE GOOD FISHING SPOTS WERE ALREADY TAKEN, FINALLY FOUND A PLACE AND THE LINES WERE ALL TANGLED TOGETHER, NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF BAIT I WAS USING, THE FISH WERE BITING ON SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THE SON WAS HOT, AND THE MOSQUITOES WERE BITING, AND WE DIDN’T CATCH A THING. THE SONS FRIEND ASKED HOW THE TRIP WENT, AND THE SON REPLIED, BEST DAY OF MY LIFE. DIDN’T CATCH A THING, BUT I GOT TO SPEND THE DAY ALONE WITH MY DAD.