And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus' feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.
As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone.
She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased.
And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.”
And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed.
And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler's house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.”
Do you need a miracle?? Are you in a situation, where, barring the intervention of God, you can’t see this ending well?
- Maybe your health is such that doctors don’t know how to help you…
- maybe your relationships are a mess…
- or your financial picture or job outlook is bleak… you are at the end of your rope… not knowing where to turn or what to do.
Not to sound overly dramatic… but You need ⇒ a miracle.
When we talk about miracles, a few thoughts immediately cross our minds:
- We may believe that miracles just don’t happen. In this scientific age there is little room for faith in the miraculous. If we can’t understand it, if we can’t put it in a test tube or under a microscope, we write it off as impossible.
- OTHERS believe in the possibility of miracles, they just don’t ever see one happening for THEM. Oh, they would love to see God do something unusual, but they are so afraid of disappointment that they give very little thought to the miraculous.
- And of course, there are those who so trivialize miracles that they call just about ANYTHING “a miracle.” “That ham sandwich was miraculous!” Some people claim to have experienced any number of miracles and don’t understand why WE haven’t.
What ARE miracles? Magic?? A coincidence??
A miracle is when God steps into a situation and temporarily suspends the laws of nature in order to change an outcome. It is something beyond human power.
There are more than 120 miracles listed in the Bible ranging from the stilling of storms to the parting of seas… from healing the blind to raising the dead. In each case, God intervened in an impossible situation and turned unfavorable circumstances into a cause for rejoicing.
We see this happening for two people in our text.
Two people, as different as day is from night, needed God to take over a situation, that, for all intents and purposes, seemed hopeless. There was nothing MAN could do. There was no ‘working this out’ on their own. Both people, unbeknownst to the other, came to Jesus at the same time, needing a miracle. And what we find in these separate incidents are a few “prerequisites” for a miracle.
The characters may be different… the needs unique, but we find at least 3 different requirements for God to move in your situation…
1. First, if you would see a miracle, you need humility. You have to reach an END of yourself. You have to reach a level of desperation, where, you block out all the noise, all the excuses or “reasons” for NOT reaching out to God.
Notice the picture of humility in vv. 41 and 42, “And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus' feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.” Humility.
Jairus was well known in the community… a ruler of the synagogue. He was very religious. He was greatly respected. He was a “ruler,” because others found in him the kind of knowledge of the scriptures and the quality of character that would make him a man worthy of following. Often “rulers” were wealthy and well educated, and rubbed shoulders with the elite of society.
But for all his money and reputation he had not been spared the tragedies of life.
Bad things happen to good people, too. His only child, a 12 year old girl, lay dying at home. The doctors could do nothing but keep her comfortable.
What would he do?? Dare he risk his position in the religious community and reach out to Jesus?? Though his peers might denounce him as a heretic and might strip him, not only of his leadership, but also his membership in the synagogue, dare he humble himself before the Lord?
That’s exactly what he did.
Maybe he understood the words of James, who said in James 4 and verse 6, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Peter echoed those same sentiments in 1 Peter 5:5, “be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.” He must have known that IF you want to see God move in your situation, the first place to start is by humbling yourself.
A person who is humble says, “My way isn't working. Only the Lord will do in this situation.” He says, “I am going to put out of my mind any concerns of what others might say, or how I might be judged or ridiculed… the only hope I have is the Lord.” “If Jesus can’t do it, nobody can!” You must INVITE the Lord into your crisis.
Too many people today will never see their circumstances change, because they are too proud to admit their need. They would NEVER step out from a pew and go to an altar for prayer, because they are too concerned with propping up the illusion that everything in their life is great and they don’t have any problems they can’t work out on their own. That they are self-sufficient.
Even among church people, people who SHOULD know better, pride prevents us from being touched by the Lord.
But Jairus was a man who had decided - “there are some things more important than propping up a pious image to please his peers” – he was concerned about a little girl at home. He loved that girl enough to inconvenience himself, even embarrass himself… whatever it took to get her the help she needed, he would do.
Would to God we had fathers like that today, who would put the well-being of their children above their own pleasure and pride. What kind of difference would it make in the next generation if the men of this community would step up and say – “I love you enough and am concerned enough to go to Jesus for you!”
Pride is the death of the miraculous. If you want to see God move in your situation, you MUST humble yourself.
2. But not only do you need humility, to see God move you need Courage. Luke interrupts the story of Jairus and his daughter to mention in v. 43, “... a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased.”
Luke, a doctor himself, admitted the limitations of the medical profession and probably knew of OTHERS, like this woman, who had bankrupted themselves paying for medical care that - could - not - cure.
For twelve long years she had suffered!
While Jairus had spent the last 12 years enjoying the love and happiness of his little girl, during that same time this woman had endured endless pain, loneliness, and despair.
Interesting, isn’t it??? You never know what is going on in people’s lives, do you?? You never know the pain behind the smiles or the TRAGEDY right around the next bend.
Adding insult to injury, this woman could not go to the temple to worship. Deemed “unclean” by Mosaic Law she was banned from the fellowship of God’s people and the corporate worship of God.
Sometimes your problems get SO BAD you FEEL abandoned.
When people are hurting they often turn to the church for answers; but she was deprived of even THAT privilege.
In this last act of desperation, she had set all her hopes on Jesus, and in courage pushed through the crowd to touch the hem of his garment.
INSTANTLY she was healed!
That took courage, friend. It was socially unacceptable for a woman to interact with a man who wasn't family in a public setting. But she was convinced in her soul that touching the hem of His garment would be enough.
But not only did it take courage to push through the crowd to touch the Lord, it took courage to admit SHE was the one who had done it!
The Lord stopped the processional and asked “Who touched me?”
He does that, you know. He wants us to be public with our faith. He wants us to openly declare our belief in Him.
“And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed.” Her courage was rewarded.
A lot of people are convinced that one’s religion should be kept private. But understand - Christianity is meant to be shared. It may be personal, but NEVER private.
WHY should we profess our faith publicly??
Well, it is commanded, for one. Jesus commands baptism, which is a public profession of our personal experience. He also says in chapter 9 of Luke, “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.”
And ANOTHER, often OVERLOOKED reason for sharing your faith is because of the scores of people you will come in contact with who NEED THE LORD TOO! People who are broken and desperate, searching for answers but unable to find them on their own.
Some people are afraid that if they are public with their faith that it will suddenly make their relationships awkward.
Others think that they will have to watch how they live, fearing someone might call them out for their hypocrisy if they make a mistake.
And to be truthful, some want to straddle the fence when it is convenient – they let the crowd dictate their convictions. They are Wishy washy… worldly.
But Jesus stopped the processional to give her the opportunity to tell what great things they Lord had done for her.
Courage – it’s what you need if you would see God move in YOUR life.
3. But not only must you have humility and courage, if you would receive your miracle you must have FAITH. Notice vv. 49-50, “While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler's house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.”
Can you imagine how Jairus felt, knowing that at any minute his daughter could die and here they were taking time for someone else.
Problems have a way of consuming our thoughts, don't they? Where we are preoccupied with ourselves, OUR needs, OUR problems.
And to top it all off, someone delivered the worst possible news – news he had half expected… time had run out for his little girl. It was too late. His hope died with her. All there was to do NOW was make funeral arrangements.
Jesus heard the exchange and read Jairus’ despair. “Don't give into fear,” He said, “believe and she will be well.”
There are moments when our words seem so inadequate. We go to a friend’s house to comfort them in their time of loss and we stumble over our words, saying, “Everything’s gonna be alright.” Those words only mean anything if the one listening knows you love them and care for them.
But can you imagine how much it would mean to have the Lord come to you in your darkest hour and say, “everything’s gonna be alright?”
Jairus was being asked to do something hard… to believe when everything around him screamed ‘'There's no Hope!” He had to push through the shock and flood of emotion and take Jesus into a home that had once been filled with laughter, only now overflowing with cries of mourning.
“Only believe…” Jesus said. Because “with man, it is impossible, but with God, ALL THINGS are possible.”
People argue that faith is irrational… that it doesn’t make sense. But I say, faith is the most rational thing I possess. How so?? Answer me this, “What hope do we have without Jesus??”
Jairus had to trust the Lord when everything around him and in him wanted to give in to fear. And his faith was rewarded with a miracle.
Do you have faith? If YOU had been Jairus, would you have moved forward trusting the Lord – OR – would you have collapsed under a load of despair?? In some ways we may never know – or will we?? You can tell if a man has faith if he obeys the Lord, or listens to his flesh. You can tell if a man truly believes by the things he instinctively does when his world falls apart.
Our faith may not keep us FROM bad things – but it WILL keep us THROUGH bad things. When we move forward, trusting the Lord, we will see God do great things!
Three requirements to see God move – Humility… Courage… and Faith.
Do you need a miracle this morning?
Maybe you are in a situation where you don’t have a whole lot of hope– be it health problems, relationship issues, money or job difficulties. You just can’t see your way clear in this situation. Why not take your needs to the Lord this morning?? What have you got to lose??
Maybe you think your problems don’t quite rise to the level of needing a miracle… maybe you are burdened and you need wisdom. Maybe you need strength. But you don't really see it as 'a big deal.' I’m glad God cares about ALL of our problems, whether big or small. Why not bring him your burdens today – for He cares for you.