‘Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet.’ Mark 5.22
The story of Jesus raising Jairus' daughter from the dead is a wonderful story. However, it raises so many questions that we are going to spend the next few days looking at it in more detail. Perhaps one of the first questions is - why her?
We are told that Jesus arrived on the shore of the lake by boat, and that as he stepped onto the land he was met by a crowd of people. Presumably there were many folk in need in this crowd, so how did Jesus decide which of them should receive his healing touch? Did he try to work out which person was the most deserving, or who had been standing there for the longest time? Actually, Jesus didn't make any decision at all. It was Jairus who broke out of the crowd, went to Jesus and requested him to go and heal his daughter.
Suppose Jairus had not done this? What if someone else had broken out of the crowd and got to Jesus before Jairus? Perhaps if they had, we would have quite a different story in our Bibles. Asking is so importance.
Many people have been brought up with the idea that it is wrong to ask for their own needs; that they should put the needs of others before their own requests. However, this is not the impression we get from reading the healing stories of Jesus. Whenever an individual approached him, he saw the desperation in them and responded.
Is there something that prevents you from bringing your requests to Jesus? Perhaps you feel that it is selfish, or you may have asked him so many times before that you are certain he will turn them down? Why not bring your needs afresh to Jesus now, in the faith that he sees the desperation behind them and he loves you.
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