Fathers’ Day June 17th 2018
Jesus Cares about Fathers
Luke 8:41-42 and 49-56. 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 besought him that he would come into his house: 42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. ….49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. 50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. 52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. 53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. 55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. 56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.
Throughout the Gospels Jesus met with and ministered to many young people. In fact most of His disciples were rather young. Jesus, Himself was a young man, about 30 years old and He showed His concern for young people. One such instance was when He raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead. In the bible there are eight instances of people being raised from the dead. One was a young man and one was a twelve-year-old girl.
The scripture does not give a name for the girl, but her father’s name was Jairus. Jairus was a well-respected ruler of the synagogue or a religious leader in his community and apparently, he tried to live by the teachings of Judaism. Like many fathers Jairus loved his daughter. Everyone knows that little boys seem to stick close to their mothers while little girls are glued to their fathers. She followed him everywhere. She asked him question after question, kissed him incessantly, hugged him continually, talked to him persistently and was quick to shed tears to him whenever she wanted something that her mother said she could not have. Like other girls she could maneuver her Daddy until he bought her whatever she wanted. She knew how to do the sad face and drooped shoulders thing and walk away knowing that her daddy would say in a repentant voice “come back here honey.” It was no joke, she knew she was “daddy’s little girl.” She had her daddy wrapped up around her little finger. She loved her daddy and her daddy loved her.
One day this young girl got sick. Everyday she grew sicker and sicker, weaker and weaker. Her body was shivering and riddled with pain. Her beautiful face was becoming drawn and ugly her eyes were sinking into her head. She was not eating anymore and day and night she was groaning in restless agony. Her father was worried and afraid. His little girl was dying, and he could do nothing about it. This was a frightening position to be in. He felt helpless. There was nothing he could do, nothing he could say, no one he could turn to. The feeling that made him sick at the stomach gave him a splitting headache and made him want to scream out as loud as he could, “Why God? Why God? Why? Why? Why? Why God? Not my little girl!”
Then someone told him that Jesus was in the city. Jesus had healed the blind, the dumb and the lame. He walked on the water and even raised the dead. Then Jesus came to the city to help that sick girl because Jesus cares about fathers. He came to do a great work in her life. The whole city needed the hand of God to rescue them and Jesus was about to demonstrate the power of God in the girl’s situation. Her father was down and discouraged, at the end of his rope and so he decided to got to Jesus.
1. Like Jairus, Run to Jesus: Matthew 9:18
These days when fathers are in trouble they run to drugs, they run to alcohol, they run to immorality, and other pleasures to medicate their pain, lubricate their misery, alleviate their agony, and eradicate their despondency. But like Jairus, when trouble strikes, don’t run to the wrong things and the wrong people but run to Jesus. Run to Him. Hear His word calling to every father, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18) KJV.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
“…. If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” (John 7:37)
Every father needs a personal relationship with God, to know Jesus as Savior and Lord. Now is the time to RUN To JESUS.
2. Like Jairus, Worship God. Today people are worshipping the idols of money, celebrityhood, fame and acclaim. But Jairus worshipped Jesus.
Matthew 9:18 says Jairus worshipped Jesus. Mark 5:22 and Luke 8:41 say that
Jairus fell down at Jesus’ feet. This is no ordinary worship. The Greek word here for worship is proskuneo . It means to prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore). It is connected to the idea of a dog licking/kissing the hand of his master.
Proskuneo infers dependence. A dog knows the hand that feeds him. He knows his master, he is dependent on his master, he looks to his master’s hand for provision, protection, comfort, care and affirmation. So Jairus too was looking to Jesus for help. The Psalmist questions with clearest reasoning about this matter when he says in Psalm 121:1,2 “Shall I look to the mountain gods for help? 2 No! My help is from Jehovah who made the mountains! And the heavens too!” (The Living Bible).
I know how men are. I know we sometimes feel we are bold and strong and even invincible and it is a sign of weakness to depend on anyone, but we must depend on God. Jairus is still enlightening us “Worship God” he is saying “with heartfelt, sincere, dependence. Say from the inner recesses of your heart I need You Lord, I may not have acted like I do, but I do need You.”
In case you are still not convinced let me tell you a little about God to demonstrate why you can depend on Him.
It was God who built the universe now 72 billion light years in diameter and still expanding. It was God who put the sun in sky. Man went to the moon, but God made the moon. Man sails on the oceans, but God made the Oceans.
It was God who put the fish in the sea and the animals on the earth.
Man eats from trees but it was God who planted the trees.
It was God who painted the flowers.
It was God who channeled the rivers.
It was God who scooped out the valleys.
It was God who raised up the mountains.
It was God who put the gold in Ghana.
It was God who deposited the diamonds in South Africa.
It was God who placed the copper in the Congo.
It was God who put the oil in Nigeria.
It was God who planted the rubber trees in Liberia.
It was God who designed the Caribbean islands and spread the white sand on the beaches.
It was God who made Dunns River Falls and Montego Bay in Jamaica.
It was God who dug the beautiful lakes and planted the lush green forests of
It was God who shaped the scenic coastline of Florida.
It was God who built the green mountains of Vermont.
It was God that designed Niagara Falls.
It was God who created Cocoa Beach.
Yes, God made everything that was made.
He put the heat in fire and the cold in ice.
He put the sweet in sugar. He put the sour in vinegar.
He put the hot in the pepper.
He put the red in the apple and the yellow in the banana.
It was God who taught the fish to swim.
It was God who taught the dog to bark.
It was God who taught the rooster to crow.
It was God who taught the duck to quack.
It was God who put the crunch in potato chips and the snap in cocoa puffs.
It was God who put the flavor in the barbecue.
It was God who gave the aroma to coffee.
It was God who made the first orange juice and the first apple juice, the first
kiwi strawberry cocktail and the first cranapple drink.
It was God, it was God, it was God and He is worthy of your worship.
You could live for forty days without food, three days without water, three hours without warmth, three minutes without air but you cannot live one second without God.
He gave us life. He makes the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
And even more than that, He is the lover of your soul.
He died in your place and mine.
So, do like Jairus and worship Him.
3. Finally like Jairus, exercise Faith in God according to Matthew 9:18
Matt 9:18 behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him,
saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand
upon her, and she shall live. KJV
The world we live in today is quite different to the one we grew up in. To raise Christian children takes a lot of faith. If you are like Jairus this morning with children that are spiritually dead. You have watched them abandon the values you tried to instill in them. You see how they flaunt good life principles and mock your beliefs, profane the name of your God and despise your lifestyle opting for the ways of ungodliness and sin and it has broken your heart. You try to talk with them but like Jairus’ daughter they are dead they cannot hear you. You try to live a holy life before them but like the daughter of Jairus they are dead they cannot see you. You try to show them love but like the daughter of Jairus they are dead they cannot feel your love. Let me tell you now it is time to exercise some bold faith. Jairus said “My daughter is even now dead: but come Jesus…” Faith says, “come now Jesus.” The devil says, “Jesus cannot help you.” But Faith says “come now Jesus.”
Jairus knew that he could trust God. Jairus was not daunted. He had a faith that was uncommon. He dared to believe God. So, he put his faith in action. What you and I need to do is to dare to believe God. Do like Jairus and have faith in God. He will work things out. He will come to your rescue when you exercise faith in Him.
Faith is the eye of your spirit; it sees what God sees.
Faith is the ear of your spirit; it hears what God hears.
Faith is the mouth of your spirit; it says what God says.
Faith is the nervous system of your spirit; it feels what God feels.
It takes faith to live: Habakkuk 2:4 says “.... but the just shall live by his faith.”
It takes faith to walk: 2 Corinthian 5:7 says “... For we walk by faith, not by sight:”
It takes faith to act: Romans 14:23 says “...for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”
Faith enables us to live this life: Galatians 2:20 says, “… the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God …”
Faith is our sheild: Ephesians 6:16 says “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
Faith is substance and evidence: Hebrews 11:1 and 6 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen....”
Faith moves mountains: In Matthew 17:20 Jesus said, “… If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove, hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Faith always works!
Where there is sickness, faith brings healing. In Matthew 9:22 Jesus said to a woman who had been sick for 12 years when she touched the hem of His robe, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.” And the woman was made whole from that hour.
Where demons are in control, faith brings deliverance. To a woman whose daughter was demonized, Jesus said in Matthew 15:28 “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Faith opens blinded eyes. In Mark 10:52, Jesus said to Bartimaeus, “Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Faith will destroy unfruitful things. In Mark 11:22, Peter was amazed to see an unfruitful fig tree dried up from the roots, because Jesus had cursed it on the previous day. Jesus simply told Peter “Have faith in God.”
Faith is obtained by hearing. Romans 10:17 declares, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Faith beats the unbeatable. Stops the unstoppable. Thinks the unthinkable. Overcomes the impossible. Defeats the undefeatable. Conquers the unconquerable. Faith tries, faith trusts, faith insists faith resists, faith persists, faith endures, faith perseveres, faith says my child will live and Jairus had some faith so he said “Come Jesus and lay Your hand on her.” I don’t know about you, but I have confidence in those nail pierced hands. Those hands that touched blinded eyes, those hands that unstopped deaf ears, loosed dumb tongues touched the leper and cleansed him, that touched the children and blessed them. “Come Jesus and lay your hands on my daughter” Jairus said “and she will live.”
Even if you are on the death bed of sin, sickness, fear, anguish, agony or pain and the relentless attacks of life’s troubles make you feel down and depressed. Even if every day it gets more painful and you feel as though you cannot go on don’t give up Jesus is here today to restore you to a full life and give you strength for this journey we call life, because Jesus care about fathers and He cares about you….