The Commander of Death

“Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about 12 years old, who was dying . . . while he was speaking, someone came to say ‘Your daughter is dead’” (Lk. 8:41-42, 49)

A terrible crisis is sometimes what it takes for us to turn to the Lord Jesus.

The Pharisees and scribes and leaders of the synagogues were hypocritical and self-serving, haters of Jesus because He was usurping their power and influence. Yet when the nightmare of his daughter’s death reached his doorstep, Jairus cut out all pretension, and pleaded with Jesus to help.

Jesus loves everyone with a love we cannot begin to explain, even those who trash His name.

He even asked the Father to forgive His torturers and killers! (Lk. 23:34)

So when Jairus came to Jesus and fell at his feet, Jesus told him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be saved.” (v. 50)

On the way to Jairus’ house, however, the group learned that it was too late: his daughter was dead. “It’s done,” they told him. “Don’t bother.”

But Jesus would not be deterred.

“She is only sleeping,” He told them. As they proceeded to laugh, Jesus took the girl’s hand and raised her from the dead (for she was dead, despite Jesus’ euphemism).

The girl’s parents were amazed, obviously, and incredibly grateful for what Jesus had done.

Jesus has shown His power over nature by calming the storm and walking on water.

He has exorcised demons, restored sight to the blind, made the lame to walk, and cleansed the sick from horrible diseases.

Now we see His authority over death itself.

If He is not a Savior worth serving, then no one is.

“Nothing is impossible with God.”


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