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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
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Jairus: A Man On A Mission
In Mark 5 there is a story of Jairus. He came to Jesus with the desire for Jesus to heal his daughter. On the way to his house Jesus was interrupted by a woman that had an issue of blood for twelve years who had come to Jesus for healing. We often times preach about the woman but this week we are going to look at this man, Jairus.
First, we see he came to Jesus in great distress. His little daughter was near death. No doubt he had heard of Jesus or may have even met him seeing he was a ruler of the synagogue. He knew if his little girl was going to live he had to get to Jesus. As a ruler of the synagogue, he didn’t let his position or his pride stand in his way of getting some help. He humbled himself in front of Jesus; fell down before him by the side of the lake. He didn’t worry about the mud and mire of the water’s edge. He just had to get to Jesus. He was like the woman we saw a few weeks ago in this same story. She knew if she didn’t get to Jesus she was going to die. She had no hope outside of Him and Jairus felt the same way. A sinner today must come to the realization that they too must get to Jesus if they are going to live. There is no hope outside of Him. This man was distressed and at his last resort, Jesus.
Jairus also showed great patience. As the scene shifts to the woman with the issue of blood who made her way to Jesus through the crowd, nothing is said of Jairus. I only imagine what may have went on in his mind, but he showed tremendous patience as Jesus helped this woman. He could have butted in and said “He’s got to help me first”. I have a position in the community and I was here first. It’s much like the man in Luke 9 which Jesus said to follow Jesus and he said suffer me first, let me first go and bury my father and then I will come and follow Thee. Now, this man’s father hadn’t yet died but he wanted to wait until he got his inheritance before he followed Jesus. It was all about him first. And another also told the Lord I will follow you but let me go first and say goodbye to those in my house. He wanted a party to be thrown in his honor before he followed the Lord. We have in these days a “me first” attitude which is contrary to God’s will for each of us and we need to get rid of it. Jairus could have complained to others about Jesus wasting a lot of time with this woman. But let me remind you; God doesn’t work on our schedule. Jairus did none of those things but maybe others would have. He did all he could, now he had to wait on Jesus. The writer of Hebrews says in 10:36 “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”. We are to do all we can; all we are led to do, and that’s all we can do.
As Jairus was waiting on Jesus, and as the woman began to walk away healed, a messenger came to him and gave him some heartbreaking news; his little girl was dead. This isn’t supposed to be the way this ends. We are supposed to have a happy ending. He had gotten to Jesus and Jesus was on His way to the house to heal the little girl but He got sidetracked by this woman. Jairus had waited patiently and now he gets word she is dead. That is not what is supposed to happen. Have you ever gotten bad news when you weren’t expecting it? No doubt his heart was broken as he heard this tragic news; but that’s not the end of the story.
As Jesus heard what had happened and as he saw Jairus countenance fall and no doubt tears begin to fall He says “Don’t be afraid or alarmed, just believe”. This man had just gotten word that his little girl had died. Now, Jesus says don’t be afraid, just believe. Let me tell you that’s easy to say but it is difficult to do. Jairus could have turned and walked away, that’s what those wanted him to do who came to give him the news. They said why do you trouble the Master any longer? He could have cried out “I trusted you! I had faith in you and you let me down and now my baby is dead and it is all your fault because you didn’t come on with me but you wasted your time with this unclean woman! Does that sound like anyone you know or have heard of? We all know of folks like this. But dear friend, when the storm blows, when the bad news comes, when nothing is going the way you think it should go, when things seem impossible, don’t be alarmed, just believe that He has everything under control.
Jairus didn’t give up. He didn’t give in to the doubters but he heeded the words of Jesus and took him on to his home. Many today when they get bad news they give up on God. These people would even blame God but not Jairus. He took Jesus on to the house. Does Jesus live in your home today? Would He be welcome to pay a visit to your home this week? Or would He feel out of place with everything else which is taking place there? Is He welcome or do you only want Him as you need Him? Jairus wanted Him to come and needed Him to come and wasn’t ashamed of Him coming.
The last thing we will look at is, because Jairus continued to have faith in Jesus he saw a miracle as Jesus took him, Peter, James and John into the room where the little girl was laying. Jesus didn’t do the work on the way there. He certainly could have as He did in other stories, but He chose to go on with Jairus. He came into the house and told the mourners not to weep for the damsel in only sleeping and they began to mock Jesus and laughed Him to scorn, but Jesus knew better as they entered the room where she was laying. He took her by the hand and told her to arise and she arose. Had Jairus faltered in any way during this he wouldn’t have seen Jesus do this and they would have had a funeral instead of a feast.
Jairus was a man on a mission. He knew what he needed and wanted and he wasn’t going to be denied until he got it. We need a mission and we need to be aggressive in getting it. But unfortunately too many of us give up before ever getting what we desire and lose out on many blessings because of it.