Summary: Jairus demonstrates how to follow Jesus correctly.
Mar 5:21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea.
Mar 5:22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet
Mar 5:23 and implored him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live."
Jesus had just been requested to leave Gadazera, and he obliged.
He left the once-possessed man to testify of what Jesus could do in the people's life if they would turn to him.
Now imagine this Jairus. He was a ruler of the synagogue.
That was part of a committee that ran the worship and administrated the organization.
These were wealthy, influential men in the community and very respected.
You may remember, it was a young rich ruler of the synagogue that came to Jesus to ask what it took to have eternal life.
He hoped Jesus would come across the sea soon, hoping it would be in time.
His 12 year old “apple of his eye” daughter, his only child, was sick and near death.
Many people waited for Jesus to return.
Many had requests, needs, desires.
Jairus not only hoped Jesus would get back in time, but that Jesus would choose to hear his request among the 100's, possibly 1000's made.
He goes to the beach and waits.
More than likely, his hopes rose when he saw Jesus in the approaching boat.
Mark and Luke record one word for falling at Jesus's feet, Matthew uses another.
One word means to cast oneself down in complete surrender, like a slave pleading with a king.
Matthew uses a reverent word, to bow and worship.
No doubt, Jarius falls down knowing the only hope to save his daughter's life is Jesus.
“Jesus, you healed a man in my synagogue before. If you could lay your hands on my daughter like you did the man, I know she would live.”
Mar 5:24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.
Jesus went, but there would be no hurrying.
Next week, we will share with you, God willing, about how to deal with issues.
However, after interruptions, the journey continued.
Mar 5:35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"
When the daughter died, one appointed or self-appointed messenger determined to tell the ruler and end the need for Jesus.
OK, this is free. It is often too easy for us to placate someone else's situation and say, “You just need to deal with it.”
When we dismiss someone else's problems, notice how sanctimonious we can become.
“There is really no need to bother Jesus with this.”
This can be said with little or no real concern about Jesus or His time.
Mar 5:36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."
Our battle in every situation almost always comes to this instructive insight.
“Do not fear, only believe.”
Why do we worry? Why do we get anxious?
Do we not know that God's promises are sure?
Yet we live like God's promises must be powered by our worry and anxiety.
Let me tell you, God does not need your worry. So what does your worry do?
It destroys you. That is why God said, “Do not be afraid, just trust me.”
Mar 5:37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
When Jesus was away from the politically volatile region of Galilee and Jerusalem, He often did His miracles in private.
When He was across the sea in Gadazara, He told the ex-demoniac to tell everyone.
This was all important to God's purpose and the protection of those who had political rebellion close to their hearts.
Mar 5:38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.
Mar 5:39 And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping."
Some of us today would say that was a strange thing for Jesus to say about a dead girl.
I remind you, no one understood death more than the Creator.
Jesus created all things for life, and watch them die in sin.