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About-Him.Com Devotional 12-13-2003
The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
114: Jairus' Daughter Raised: Mt. 9:18-19, 23-26; Mk. 5:22-24; 35-43; Lu 8:41-42, 49-56
After touching the afflicted women and sending her home in peace, Jesus and His group continued on to the house of Jairus. Along the way, a messenger arrived with the message that the young lady had died. Some in the crowd arrogantly suggested that Jairus trouble the Master no further. Jesus reply was, “Don’t be afraid, only believe.”
Mark 5:35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
When Jesus arrived, He was met by a great tumult. The minstrels and professional mourners were in full swing. It was the custom to play funeral dirges to quicken the grief of the bereaved. Jesus asked what all the noise was about? The girl was not dead but sleeping. The mourners laughed at Him derisively.
Mark 5:41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
Jesus took Peter, James and John and the girl’s parents to where the girl was lying and commanded her to rise. This she did, and Jesus ordered that she be given something to eat. Jesus charged the parents that they shouldn't tell anybody what had happened, but needless to say the story spread very quickly and His fame was greater than ever.
Conclusion and Application
“Don’t be afraid, only believe.” Words directly from the Master that we can apply to our lives, each and every day. We could easily fear a bad economy, war, crime, failing health, old age approaching and any number of other things. However, our faith tells us that Jesus bore it all, He knows it all, and He’ll take care of it all.
Jesus refused to affected by the opinion of the mourners. He was not swayed by circumstances. He called the things that were, as though they were not (Romans 4:17). We can follow His example to speak the word of faith in the face of all that confronts us.
Unbelievers will always laugh, but faith will silence their laughter.
Jesus ordered that the girl be given something to eat. He cares about every detail. He doesn't miss anything.
Marie and I dusted off the recording equipment and did a "Christmas" song, that can be sung everyday of the year. Nothing about jingling bells or Santa Claus. This song tells it all. It is entitled Jesus the Son of God , written by the late Bis. G.T. Haywood. We hope you enjoy and are blessed by it.
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Church Bulletin Bloopers: -- Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack's sermons.
The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing "Break Forth into Joy."
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