Jairus' Daughter

Jairus was one of the rulers of a local synagogue, perhaps at Capernaum. This was an official appointed by the Jewish elders to supervise the conduct of worship. This important and influential person threw himself down at the feet of Jesus and worshipped Him, prostrating himself like a servant. Jairus had one daughter, twelve years old who he dearly cherished. "My little daughter lies at the point of death, I pray come and lay your hands on her that she may be healed and she shall live." Jesus went with Jairus but the crowd around him slowed him down and he healed the woman with the issue of blood on the way.

The daughter of Jairus might as well be healed later, tomorrow or next week. Jesus had lingered as if it didn't matter. It was told to Jairus that the poor girl had already died and to not bother the Master any longer. When Jesus heard, He said to Jairus, "Be not afraid, only believe, and she shall be made whole." At this point Jesus turned away the crowd and only allowed Peter, James and John to follow him. The people in the house were weeping and wailing greatly. Jesus asked them, "Why make this ado and weep? The damsel is not dead but sleeps." They laughed at Him and Jesus put them all out except the parents and the three disciples, Jesus then took the dead girl by the hand and said, "I say unto you arise." The spirit came back into the daughter of Jairus and she got up and walked to the amazement of her parents. The word of a miraculous raising of the dead would have spread all over the country and confirmed by a ruler of the synagogue but Jesus told Jairus and his wife not to tell anyone. The daughter could not be hid however and the reputation of Jesus now included the raising of the dead.

This must have had a most profound effect on the faith of Jesus' disciples. Immediately after the raising of Jairus' daughter, Jesus had given the disciples power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases. They were to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. This power and authority has been given to those who believe throughout church history. The power was not withheld since the first century but largely ignored or explained away through ignorance, unbelief and the doctrines of devils. Many have the power now. Many believe that the last days church will see a restoration of this healing power intensify as the latter rain is poured out.
[347, 355, Matthew 9, Mark 5, Luke 8, 9]

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