Jairus' Daughter Resurrected  
     
 
Some years ago a man was attempting to find a new job because his company was moving to another city about 500 miles (805 km) away. The man did not want to relocate. So he contacted a number of potential employers in an attempt to remain in his city. He was willing to relocate if his current employer would give him a promotion, but the company did not make that offer. So he was repeatedly asking God for the promotion or another job. As the days turned into months, nothing happened. He began to be discouraged, and finally one morning as he was traveling to work, he told God that he would stop fighting and stop seeking the promotion and relocate. He believed that was God’s desire since no job offers had been received. He was filled with emotion, disappointment, and had a deep sense of personal sacrifice. When he arrived at work that morning, he told his supervisor that he would relocate. Then late in the morning, he received an unexpected telephone call. After he picked up the telephone, a familiar voice greeted him and offered him the promotion for which he had been praying. When the conversation was over, he thanked God for the promotion. God had tested him. God had waited for him to yield finally and be willing to do whatever God desired for him. When the man was finally willing to yield and submit, God granted the desire of his heart. This study is about another man who had to yield finally and submit.
Background. While this study (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56) is about the resurrection of a man’s daughter and the healing of a woman who was bleeding, it is also about a man who must have been frustrated when it appeared that Jesus did not care. The events in this study occurred after Jesus and the disciples left the region known as the Decopolis and returned to Galilee. Earlier Jesus had escaped the crowd in Galilee by sailing to the region known as the Decopolis. It was there that Jesus expelled a legion of demons from two men. It was there that 2,000 pigs ran into the Sea of Galilee and were drowned. It was there that the people asked Jesus to leave and so He did. When Jesus returned to Galilee, the crowd quickly found Him.
 
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When Jesus had crossed over again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him; and so He stayed by the seashore. (NASB) Mark 5:21

The gospel of Luke tells us the reason they found Jesus so rapidly was that they had been waiting for Him (Luke 8:40). No matter where Jesus went in Galilee there were crowds. Crowds, crowds, and more crowds. Crowds everywhere were looking for Him. This particular crowd was large. When the people saw Him, they surrounded Him. So He lingered for awhile on the seashore. While He was speaking to the people, a synagogue official named Jairus found Him. As a synagogue official, he would have been very prominent in the community. He would have been a layman with responsibilities to direct the worship services in the synagogue. But when he saw Jesus, he did not act like a proud man. Instead, he humbled himself.

One of the synagogue officials named Jairus came up, and on seeing Him, fell at His feet and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.” (NASB) Mark 5:22-23

Not only did the synagogue official kneel and bow, but Luke 8:41 tells us that he started imploring, or begging, Jesus to come to his home and heal his daughter. The man was serious and eager for Jesus to come. He was desperate. His daughter was twelve years of age, and she was his only child (Luke 8:42). The gospels clearly indicate that Jairus deeply loved her. Just imagine the crowd watching one of their synagogue leaders kneeling and begging. That would have been impressive for anyone to watch. If he was loved by the people, they would have felt great compassion for him.
Conflict With Matthew? Matthew 9:18 appears to give us a different version of Jairus’ statement to Jesus, since it implies that Jairus’ daughter was already dead.

While He was saying these things to them, a synagogue official came and bowed down before Him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.” (NASB) Matthew 9:18

But a better rendering of the Greek reveals that Jairus said she was near the end of her life, and not necessarily dead. That is, she was in the last stage of her life. Jairus believed she was very close to death and time was urgent. Jesus needed to come quickly and not delay.
Jesus Follows. So Jesus got up from the ground and started following the synagogue leader to his home. But the crowd followed too!

Jesus got up and began to follow him, and so did His disciples. (NASB) Matthew 9:19

 
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