Thursday, April 20, 2017

in control

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?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
Mark 5:35-36

The miracle that occurred for Jairus was notable for two reasons: First, it was one of the few episodes in the gospels where a Jewish religious leader exercises faith in Jesus. Secondly, it involved a physical resurrection from the dead. This was a powerful miracle given to a powerful person by a much more powerful Jesus. And Jesus is clearly in control through the entire episode.

They synagogue ruler Jarius, probably a notable Pharisee in the area, falls down at Jesus' feet in a posture of worship, begging Him to come heal his dying daughter. Jarius is clearly believing the unthinkable, to be a synagogue ruler and give credence to Jesus means only one thing... he believed Jesus to deserve that honor as one sent from God. His actions convey faith. Jesus is the object of that faith.

Then on the way to Jairus' house, in a large crowd, the woman with an issue of blood believes that by touching Jesus' robe she will be healed. She takes advantage of the press of the crowd to do so, and Jesus knows that healing power has left Him. He is in control, stops the crowd, and admonishes the woman for her faith, assuring her healing. He is in control even when nobody knows it. 

And finally, at Jarius' home with his now deceased daughter, Jesus is in control of life and death. He raises his daughter from death by a gentle grasp of her hand and a powerful command for her to arise. He is in control of death, bringing life again, hope again, joy again to hearts that believe in Him. Jesus has authority over us. He is greater than the rulers of humanity. He is greater than the afflictions of humanity. He is greater than the fear of death! Thank You, Jesus, for always being in control.

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