“While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” (Luke 8:49)
Jairus is desperate, a ruler of a synagogue, prostrating at the feet of Jesus, pleading for the life of his daughter who was dying at home. He didn’t send someone on his behalf, this was something he had to do on his own.
We all know too well the story of the woman who interrupted Jesus’ journey to save Jairus’ daughter. It is such a powerful story that draws us in. Jesus’ full attention is now on this poor woman, who believed that if she could only touch the hem of His garment, she would be made whole. We know how her story ends, “And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”” (Luke 8:48)
Jairus’ attention is drawn away by the sight of a servant from his household, who probably frantically made his way through the crowd, he motions to Jairus. His worst fear is now confirmed, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.”
The sting of death…
The bitter, painful sting of death, the end of the road. No need to bother Jesus anymore. There is no longer any hope. Yet, Jesus was no ordinary teacher, death is not the end for him. He comforts Jairus with these words, ““Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.”
This past weekend a childhood friend of mine, buried her brother. I remember her little brother always by her side, if not perched on her hip, he was holding on to the hem of her skirt, or what we called, “skirt tail”. She was more than a big sister, she was also a mother to him. His young life was cut short , murdered at the door of a sister’s home, a place where he should have been safe.
I remember not too long ago, another friend lost her only son, he too was murdered inside her home, a place where he was supposed to be safe.
Do not trouble the Teacher…
I’ve also lost a lot of good friends this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Many others have also experienced devastating loss. It seems as though each day I log on to Facebook, I read of the passing of loved ones. It doesn’t get any easier.
As I read this account, I paused at “do not trouble the Teacher any more.” I wonder if the loss and the sting of death we now face whispers these very same words, “why bother Him anymore?” The silence creeps in slowly like the evening shadows. There is nothing more that can be done.
On the other hand, some of us have faced death in a different sense. The end of a relationship. The end of a job. Hopes and dreams dashed to the ground. There’s nothing left, all has been stripped away or the little that remains looks beyond redemption. “Why bother Him anymore?”
Your situation is not unnoticed by Jesus, there is no distraction that will prevent Him from meeting you. “Do not fear; only believe. “ Can you hear Him? I pray that you will hear your Redeemer, the One who calls you by name. He sees you. He hears you.
This song, God Will Work It Out has been on repeat in my house these days. Take a moment and listen to this song. Be encouraged,
Before I knew my name, before I drew a breath
He was making ways for me
Now and everyday, in each and every step
He is making ways for me
When my heart is full of doubt
Feels like faith is running out
I’ve come too far to turn around
God will work it out
God will work it out
One thing I know
One thing I’ve found
God will work it out…
Songwriters: Christopher Cleveland / Nate Moore / Aaron Moses / Naomi Raine
God Will Work It out lyrics © Curb Word Music, Bethel Worship Publishing, Mouth Of The River Music, Maverick City Publishing, Heritage Worship Music Publishing, Naomi Raine Music
The Promise of Resurrection: It is not the end
- “For I know that my Redeemer lives,and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” (Job 19:25)
- “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. (Revelation 1:18)
- “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,” (John 11:25)
- For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1 Thessalonians 4:14)
- For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. (Romans 6:5)
- “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)
Death will not always have the victory. Death will lose its sting. Death will be defeated.
Jesus, the Living One, our Redeemer, the First and Last has the final say, He has the victory. May we hold on His words and encourage each other with these words as we continue to hold on to what we have until He comes.