Confronting death with faith!
Scripture reading for March 13th: Luke 8
When you have a child that is sick and near death, desperate measures are called for! Jairus was a ruler in the synagogue who had a daughter that was near death. He made haste to find Jesus and knelt before Him, pleading for assistance! Jesus willingly accompanied him to bring what was needed.
Jesus was at the height of His ministry and many people were crowding around Him as he traveled. “And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind Him and touched the edge of His cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.” (Luke 8:44) Jesus asked who had touched Him because He felt power go out from Him. The woman came and knelt at His feet, telling why she had touched Him. Jesus declared to her that her faith had healed her!
In the meantime, servants came from Jairus’ home telling him not to bother the Master any more, his daughter was dead! Jesus spoke to him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” (Luke 8:50) Faith is a necessary ingredient to receive healing from the Lord. Fear comes to take us away from trusting in Jesus. Many people only trust what they see or hear as truth. With Jesus, we must believe His Word and receive what He promises!
On arrival, many were wailing and mourning the child’s death. Jesus told them to stop for the child was not dead, but sleeping. They laughed at Him. “But He took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up.” (Luke 8:54-55) Jesus confronted death with faith and brought healing in an impossible situation! Don’t be afraid, only believe!