Last week we read about the woman who pushed her way through the crowd to touch Jesus’s clothes and receive her healing. Her faith gave her the boldness to take action which otherwise would be unimaginable in her condition. Only when her works complemented her faith did her desire of being permanently healed was fulfilled!

This week we would know a bit more about a man whose works complemented his faith. We would read from the same Chapter where we saw the woman being healed.

Mark 5:22-23 KJV
And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, [23] And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.

Jairus was desperate, his daughter was about to die. When he heard that Jesus is in town he rushed to meet him and requested him to come to his house to touch and heal his daughter. Jairus was no ordinary man. Bible says he was one of the rulers of synagogue, he was an important person at that time and since the Pharisees and Sadducees were not pro Jesus this was a bold step on his part to openly come and fall at the feet of Jesus. This act of his could have him thrown out of the position he held as one of the rulers of the synagogue, but the love for his daughter superseded that and he was not hesitant to show to the people that he had faith on Jesus.

When Jesus started walking with him is when the Bible tells us of the healing of the woman (about whom we read last week). Jesus had stopped there to know who touched him in faith and then the woman came forward and testified about her healing Infront of everyone present there.

While this was happening, Mark 5:35-37 KJV tell us that,
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. [37] And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.

The inevitable had happened, Jairus’s daughter was dead. He would have been devastated, probably must be thinking that because of the time Jesus spent in hearing the woman he could not reach his daughter in time. Jesus sensed Jairus’s agony and immediately spoke one of the most powerful and reassuring words that would spur Jairus’s faith, “Be not afraid, only believe”.

Wow! What powerful words were these. Can I take a pause here and say to all who are reading this, IF you believe in Jesus and are going through a rough time, time where all seems lost & hopeless, remember Jesus plays no favourites, what he said to Jairus He is saying to you today, “Be not afraid, only believe

Believe and see God working in your situation just like Jairus did in the following verses.

Mark 5:38-40 KJV
And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. [39] And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. [40] And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.

By the time Jesus and his disciples along with Jairus could reach his home, relatives, well wishers of Jairus were already there weeping and wailing loudly on the death of the girl.

Many a times even we are surrounded with people who would confirm to us what we are going through, and that there is no way we can come out of this situation, as per them all is lost!

BUT look at what Jesus did, he got Jairus to remove everyone from the room except his disciples, Peter, James and John along with Jairus and his wife. Why? Why would Jesus do this? Why not do a miracle infront of all?

The answer here is the key to success in our spiritual warfare.

At times even we need to shut out those people from our lives who just tell us what is, all who are there just to discourage us, maybe even console us but speak no words of faith.

We need to surround ourselves with people of faith, who would uplift us, be with us in spirit, agree with us in prayer over what we want. After all, the situation we maybe in requires a spiritual warfare to happen and like in every war if you are not surrounded by those who support you, you would be defeated!

At times it is not easy to shut out people especially if they are close to us. Even Jairus would have faced a lot of negatively when he asked all to leave. His reputation was at stake. Though the Bible does not state it but a thought may have entered his mind that if Jesus is not able to bring back his daughter from death then how will he face these people again. But the encouraging thing here is that Jairus did what Jesus asked and did not question. This was his work complementing his faith. And look at what Bible says happened!

Mark 5:41-43 KJV
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. [43] And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.

The dead now lives! Who was once thought to be gone forever was alive! Just imagine the joy that Jairus and his wife would be experiencing, their daughter lives! Jesus had done a miracle in their house. The miracle was perfect because not only the daughter came back to life but the Bible tells us that she walked! She did not keep lying on the cot but her healing was complete, perfect in every way. Her strength was restored, she started walking immediately.

When Jesus restores, time and again Bible tells us that it is not only restored but renewed. When Naman the leper was healed in the Old Testament, it is written that his skin was like a baby’s skin! Jesus never does a half hearted job, there is no flaw in His work, it is perfect in every way, flawless, beautiful and permanent!

Brothers and Sisters, if you are going through a situation today where all seems lost, where it looks like you are fighting a lost battle, look towards Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, believe that He has nothing but the best planned for you, trust Him, surround yourself with people who would uphold you in their prayers, who would stand with you and then see Jesus intervening in your situation. Whatever be the outcome it would be the perfect one and the best one for you!

Before closing allow me to add here that at times we ask for things which are not good for us or as per God’s desire for our lives. In such situations when God says no, receive it as He has nothing but the best planned for you.

Bible tell us in Jeremiah 29:11 KJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Believe Him and let your faith be complemented with your works and see God work mightly in your life!

God bless you!

Your Brother in Christ

Nikunj