Luke 8:37, 40-42, 49-56
37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.
49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”
50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”
53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!”
55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
The life of Jesus holds real meaning for us in our diligence to press forward, not being perfect, but pressing forward positively in life with Jesus.
Jesus is not welcomed in the town, at first. Jesus is so busy, we see the rejection did not sting too much. In fact, when Jesus healed the man who was ill for 38 years at the waters of the Pool of Bethsaida, "Take up your pallet and walk", the man turned Jesus in to the Temple authorities. Jesus reacted by going to the actual town of Bethsaida, healing a blind man with water, and sending him to the "Pool of Siloam" meaning sent and the man sent was healed. Jesus presses, presses, presses forward.
So continuing the thought, Jesus is forsaken by the town for healing. Then returns to be sincerely welcomed by a crowd pressing and pressing in upon Him. And as He again seeks to heal, the crowd laughs at Him. Fickle.
Luke 8 tells us again. God is not a bug zapper. Father God tells us, in effect, He understands we are small and weak and wobbly. God loves us.
This is Father GOD, He reaches to us, with Love. We do not build universes.
Remember with me, the father presenting his son to Jesus cried out, "I do have faith, help me to have more faith!"
Jesus goes where HE is needed. And we will Live. Thank You, Jesus.
The disciples were weak and wobbly as we all are. John the disciple was steadfast. We see the people are identical to the Children of Israel in the desert. Thinking You will not stay with us, the miracles are over. The time is past.
Father God, in Your Power and Glory, help us to lean upon You to be steadfast and see the blessings of peace, love, joy and long life steadfast John the Beloved Disciple had by being steadfast.
Strengthen us, please Father. Thank You we are Strengthened by the Glory of Jesus Christ by the Light of Christ shining in those who Love Jesus.
As we read of Jairus reaching for Jesus, let us be with Jairus. To feel His hope looking at Jesus. This is our Living Bible.
Let us be Jairus' beloved daughter, being blessed, not for any good work of ours, but the Goodness, The Power and The Glory belonging to Jesus Christ alone. This is why we know ~ You are Abba the Almighty, Majestic, Good, Wisdom, Father of All. This is Your Living Word. Jesus the Lord, let Your Good Will be done for my prayer requests and your prayer requests we tenderly place in the loving Will of our Abba. This is Your Good Will.
Abba, we are blessed to see the Goodness You bring Your Children today. All believers have miracles they rejoice in. In the Living Word, we eagerly anticipate Your Acts.
We want to be, we are, indeed indeed indeed, the Easter People and we know where we put our Trust. Jesus. Thanks to You, Father God. We tenderly place the people we love their real needs and concerns, the people You give us in Your care. Our communities, neighborhoods, cities, state, Nation and the world wide, believing, Jesus' Beloved. Blessing the Work of His Beloved and covering this with the High Name of Jesus with Gratitude. Amen.
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