“Faith & the Conflict of Fear”
Christ comes to us in our various situations and we may experience teaching and the move of the Holy Spirit that ministers to our bodies, to our emotions and to our souls.
Luke 8:41-56 Here we have two miracles where faith and fear collide.
Chapter 8 displays some of the dynamic of the breadth of Jesus authority, not just authority over Creation but also over principalities and human institutions.
Jairus, described as a ruler of the synagogue. Let’s look at his situation which is revealed in this text and which we might also understand by context._________________________________
Jairus makes his appeal. Luke records that he “begged” Jesus. The Lord agrees to go with Jairus. Luke relates this so that you almost miss it, “But as He (Jesus) went, the multitudes thronged Him.” (41) Mark makes it much clearer (5:24), “So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.” So it is within this tumultuous scene that our 2nd character is revealed.
The un-named woman with the issue of blood. _____________________________________ “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” (5:28) _________________________
Jesus words to her after she identifies herself are instructive: “Daughter; be of good cheer, your faith has made you well.” __________________________________________________
Now we are back to Jairus, who must be going out of his mind with worry while Jesus is taking time to consider this woman. Jesus also had to deal with His disciples during this time because they were confused about Jesus question, “Who touched Me?” _______________________
Now a servant shows up and drops the bombshell, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” ________________________________________________________________
Mark records that Jesus directed His words to Jairus: “Do not be afraid; only believe and she will be made well.” So they continue on to the home of Jairus where the mourners have already gathered. _____________________________________________________________
Jairus enters with Jesus and He speaks words of comfort, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” (52) And his words produce laughter and derision from those in the house. _____
____________________________________________________________________________ So Jesus clears the house except for 3 disciples and the mother and father of the girl. And these five witness the resurrection of the little girl, very similar to the raising of the widows son in Nain, “Little girl, arise.” He told them to give her food because eating is what the living do. They were astonished. ________________________________________________________
Ask yourself today, “What is it that I need most from the Lord?” ______________________
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