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Summary: Jairus demonstrates how to follow Jesus correctly.

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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.

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