Reading: Luke 8:40-42,49-56
And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him. And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.
Today we share the reading of a very well known episode: the passage related to the daughter of Jairus, an official of the synagogue.
It is striking how Jesus was rejected in Gadara, and here he is awaited with joy. It is also striking how Jairus prays for his daughter. The Bible uses this verb, loaded with meaning, he besought.
This whole episode is, for Jairus, but especially for the disciples, the opportunity to know Jesus more deeply, to know the answer to the central question we have been talking about. Who is this man?
The answer is there, right in front of their eyes. Jesus is not only the one who has the power to master the winds and the storms. Jesus is not only the one who has the power to command demons to set a man free. Jesus is also the one who has the power to treat death as a mere dream. And He speaks, and the girl rises.
And then who is this? Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is God made flesh.
Our answer to that question can change our lives. Believe only, says the Lord. Trust in who I Am.
MEDITATE: How do you answer that question: Is Jesus, in your life and in your daily walk, the Sovereign who is in control over all, the one who can free you from oppression and who can give you life even in death itself? Fear not, believe, trust… *God bless you!