And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet. Mark 5:22
I have read this passage many times and heard many messages on the power of Jesus to raise Jairus’s daughter. Only after reading it again today did I see something new in it. It is the steps of humility that Jairus took to get to Jesus.
First of all, He was a ruler of the synagogue. If you know anything about Jesus’ ministry, you know that most of the religions leader of His day only came to hear Him speak to try to trap Him or discredit His message. Being a leader of the synagogue, it would have been a great risk for Jairus to openly visit Jesus. To ask for His help would have probably jeopardized his job as a leader and it definitely would be bad for his reputation.
But Jairus didn’t come to Jesus as a leader, and He didn’t come to Him about religion or rules of conduct. He came to Jesus in humility. We know this because the very first thing Jairus did was fall at Jesus feet. He didn’t come with an attitude that he was someone important and special and Jesus should drop everything because of that reason. He came to Jesus as a father desperate for his daughter’s life to be spared. He was willing to risk public humiliation and his position as a leader with the Priests and Pharisees. Nothing else in the world matter to him except seeing his daughter raised up and restored to his family.
Of course, Jesus was ready to go with Him. He is always available when we come to him with a humble spirit. It is when we come with a heart of entitlement that we may be put on hold for a while.
So, what is it with you? What are you facing that you are holding your ground and not willing to humble yourself to the direction of the Spirit of God? What relationships do you need to surrender over to Him to have His perfect work in your life be completed? What issue are you holding onto, believing that you can handle it on your own or that you are right and don’t have to submit to His authority and directions? How’s that working out for you? Trust Him today and come to Him with a broken and contrite spirit (Psalms 34:18). Make the most important thing to be restoration and peace and then do everything He leads you to do to get that healing in every area of your life.
Today I want to encourage you to take the steps Jairus took when you have trouble in your life. Take a step of humility and take the issue to Jesus. Fall down before him and tell Him your request and petition. Believe that He has the answer and when you get the steps you need to take for Him to bring that answer into the circumstances, do them quickly, even if you have to humble yourself to do them. He will come into the situation, and He will heal whatever it is that is broken.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 5:21-24
21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea.
22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet
23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”
24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.