On his return, Jesus was welcomed by a crowd. They were all there expecting him. A man came up, Jairus by name. He was president of the meeting place. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his home because his twelve-year-old daughter, his only child, was dying. Jesus went with him, making his way through the pushing, jostling crowd . . .

While he was still talking, someone from the leader’s house came up and told him, “Your daughter died. No need now to bother the Teacher.

Jesus overheard and said, “Don’t be upset. Just trust me and everything will be all right.” Going into the house, he wouldn’t let anyone enter with him except Peter, John, James, and the child’s parents.

Everyone was crying and carrying on over her. Jesus said, “Don’t cry. She didn’t die; she’s sleeping.” They laughed at him. They knew she was dead.

Then Jesus, gripping her hand, called, “My dear child, get up.” She was up in an instant, up and breathing again! He told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were ecstatic, but Jesus warned them to keep quiet. “Don’t tell a soul what happened in this room.” –Luke 8:40-42, 49-56

I love this story. When Jesus returned from across the lake, there was a large crowd greeting him. In fact, verse 40 says they were all expecting him . . . That’s great! We should live our lives in expectancy! But then the next verse introduces us to someone who didn’t come to welcome him, he came desperate for Jesus. Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue–a big-shot–but none of that mattered, he came to see Jesus out of his need and desperation. His daughter was dying and he threw himself at Jesus’ feet pleading for her life.

Jim Cymbala, in his book, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, wrote, “I discovered an astonishing truth: God is attracted to weakness. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him.” This certainly described Jairus. He even reminds me of the centurion in Luke 7. He seemed to understand the concept of authority because of his own authoritative position. He seemed to understand that one ruler existed before whom all others should bow, even if one of those “others” was a ruler of the synagogue.

Go ask any parent what happens when one of their children was sick or in some kind of serious danger or distress, what they do. They would probably tell you they can hardly focus on anything else. This was certainly the case with Jairus. Jesus was his last hope. Who else could heal his little girl from death?

Who do you know who is on their hope? Think of these people and keep them in your your prayers, because Jesus is there for the desperate. He specializes in the hopeless. Every time you think of your friends who are suffering, think of Jesus, who know the path through dire need.

Pray for those who would say with David, “God, deliver me. Hurry to help me, Lord. I am afflicted and needy; hurry to me, God. You are my help and my deliverer, Lord, do not delay. (Psalm 70:1, 5). Bring them before your Lord by name and need . . .

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