The Choice You Have to Make

When Jesus and His disciples arrived at the other side of the lake, one of the people waiting for Him was Jairus, who was a ruler of the local synagogue. Evidently, he was so impressed with what he heard about Jesus as a result of the witness of the demon-possessed man who was delivered, that he fell at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to heal his only daughter, who was dying. She was twelve years old. Jairus said, “Come lay Your hands on her that she may be healed, and she will live.”

As Jesus and Jairus left to go to his house, a multitude of people thronged Jesus, pressing in and making it hard for Him to travel. There was a woman in this crowd who had a flow of blood for twelve years. It’s interesting that her sickness began the same year Jairus’ daughter was born. She pressed through the crowd and touched Jesus’ garment. Jesus immediately felt the release of power go out from Him, so He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched My clothes?”

His disciples were confused at this statement because so many people were pressing in, and they couldn’t understand why He would say, “Who touched Me?” But He ignored them and looked at the woman who told Him the complete story of how she had been ill for twelve years. She had spent her entire fortune on doctors but had grown increasingly worse. She heard about Jesus and had started confessing by saying, “If only I may touch His clothes, I will be made well.” At this point, Jesus made a very profound statement to her. He said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” In other words, He was telling her that what she believed and confessed is what she received. (Luke 8:43-48.) What are you believing?

While Jesus was speaking to the lady who had just been healed, a group who had traveled from Jairus’ house found Jairus and said to him, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the

Teacher any further?” When Jesus heard what they said to Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue, Jesus said to him, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

As Jesus traveled to the house of Jairus, He only allowed Peter, James, and John, the brother of James, to go with Him. These three men were in His inner circle because they were the closest to Him of all the disciples. As He approached the house, there was a great commotion, and many were weeping and wailing loudly. Jesus asked them, “Why are you making all of this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but is just sleeping.” Of course, they ridiculed Him, so He put them all outside the house. Then He took the father, the mother, and His three friends, and they entered the room where the child was lying. Jesus took her by the hand saying, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately, she got up and started walking. Those with Jesus were overcome with amazement. (Luke 8:49-56.)

So here’s the point: when Jairus received word from those who had traveled from his house that his daughter was dead, he had a choice to make. Would he believe what he had been told by his friends and family or would he continue to walk with the Master and believe what the Master said—that his daughter was not dead, but only sleeping? He didn’t send Jesus away, but continued with Him to his house, so obviously his hope was with the words of Jesus. He received what he believed. What are you believing?

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