Divine Reversals Text: Luke 8:40-42
40.So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him. 41 And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, 42 for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him.
Jesus leaves the Decapolis region ( Decapolis meaning 10 cities) mostly gentiles lived there. He goes by boat, Jesus crosses over to the overside to Capernaum. Jairus was one of the rulers of the synagogue, he was a lay leader charged with supervising services at the synagogue.
News of Jesus spread quickly, people came from all over to see this man; moreover, they brought their sick and those controlled by satan.
Now as Jesus traveled, crowds gathered, and even pressed upon Him just to be close. This brought even more individuals, because everyone loves big events and the spectacular.
Jairus and his spouse had one daughter, the age of twelve. Their whole life centered around her. She was precious; she had her parents in her pocket. Understandably, they would do anything for her.
Verse 41 says, Jairus was desperate, his daughter was gravely ill. When he approaches Jesus, he falls down before Him in worship and asks Him to heal his daughter.
Jesus begins to follow Jairus; however, as He followed Jairus, the crowd swells up and Jesus is caught in the middle.
How do you think Jairus felt? His only hope, and now He’s wedged into the crowds.
At that moment, to make things worse for Jairus, a woman pressed her way through the crowd. She had an issue of blood, spent all her money and now she’s worse. ( Twelve years of bleeding!)
Jairus has to wait. He listened as words of comfort and peace are spoken into someone else’s life, while his daughter grows worse.
Remember, Delay doesn’t mean decay.
The move of God in your life will test both your faith and your patience.
James 1: 2-4 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
You should always allow the blessing and miracles of others, to strengthen your faith. (Don’t allow the enemy to overcome you with disappointment, dismay and depression.)
Learn to rejoice over other’s; Your season will change!
Luke 8: 49-50 While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” 50 But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”
As this news comes of his daughters death, fear enters, which is faith’s greatest opponent.
Jesus say’s, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”
Delay is always for a reason. Jairus’ attitude of rejoicing over the woman with the issue of blood has now built his faith and he’s stronger than ever before.
Instead of becoming deflated and broken, he’s inflated and filled with more faith.
Whatever you are facing don’t you dare stop believing now.
Jesus’ affirmation that He would heal the daughter was the announcement of a new season of life for her, and the end of a season of stress for Jairus and his wife.
Most people believe that new season’s start when the blessings come; however, a new season begins as you first receive a word from God. ( Before revival arrives, re-veil has to come!)
Most people don’t have a problem praying for something, but we do have a problem waiting.
(ILL.) Use a football and show how many of us expect one desperate prayer to always be our answer. “A Long Bomb”, or a “Hail Mary Pass.”
Luke 8: 51-53 When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. 52 Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” 53 And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
The King James says, they laughed Him to scorn, They mocked Jesus because, their perception of the situation was limited because of their religion (Bondage) and knowledge. (Know-how).
We are a people who desire more revelation; however, it’s time for all that revelation to become manifestation!
Luke 8:54-56 But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” 55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. 56 And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.
Get rid of unbelief, Refuse anything other than faith!
Before this story, Jesus told the demon-possessed man who was delivered to proclaim what had happened to him to everyone. However, here, Jesus tells Jairus not to tell anyone. Why? Maybe He wanted to be trusted, loved and believed upon, without one single miracle.
He hungers for men just to believe, without the spectacular!
Luke 9:1-2 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Christ expects us to do what He was sent to do: divine reversal.