Mark 5: 21-24a:Desperately seeking Jesus.
“21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.’ 24 So Jesus went with him. ” NIV UK
There is a further lesson to learn from the previous story, and it is that Jesus did not stay in a place where He was not welcome. We can refuse Christ and reject His offer. We can push Him away (17, 18). In a sense, they ‘prayed’ to Jesus to leave – and He left! That’s a scary thought.
I love the juxtaposition of the ‘’large crowd’’ and ‘’Then one…’’ (21, 22). Amid the big number, Jesus never lost sight of the individual. (See again 24b, 25). This will always be a challenge for large churches. Don’t lose sight of the ‘one’s’ who make up the multitude.
‘’Legion’’ and ‘’Jairus’’ were so different. The former was a feared, and no doubt despised, outcast. The latter was a respectable man: ‘’one of the synagogue rulers’’ (22). It must have been a humbling thing for Jairus to fall at anyone’s feet (22). However, he and Legion were not so different after all. Both were in desperate need of Jesus (6). In Legion’s case, it was the demons in him throwing him down at Jesus’ feet. They knew their place (Philippians 2:9-11). Jairus, however, voluntarily put Himself at the feet of Jesus. He was driven there by a sense of desperation over his ‘’little’’ daughter’s plight (22b). How we love our children. How deeply we feel their pain. How anxious we are when they are sick. Yet it was not just anxiety and desperation that got Jairus to the feet of Jesus; it was also faith: ‘’Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.’’ (In the end, Jairus received more than he asked or thought. The situation was to get worse before it got better; but how much better it got! Jairus was to receive not just a healing but a resurrection and his daughter truly did ‘’live.’’
The Lord Jesus answered prayer. Note the word ‘’So’’ (24a). This is a hinge word: it is the hinge between Jairus’ earnest ‘prayer’ and Jesus’ answer.
PRAYER: The only Jesus I know from the gospels is a prayer-answering Jesus. That doesn’t mean to say that there aren’t still mysteries. My every question is not answered. Yet I know that you are always the same Lord Jesus. You respond to my earnest prayers. Thank you – so much.