He was an important official at the synagogue and now he was taking a risk that could cost him everything. On the other hand, if he didn’t take the risk, he would lose the most important person in the world. His name was Jairus and he had come seeking Jesus because his precious twelve year old daughter was dying. Nothing mattered; he had to petition Jesus to come to his house and make his daughter well.
The problem was the crowds. People were everywhere, jockeying into position to get as close to Jesus as they could. Jairus may even have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the woman with the issue of blood for a moment before he dove into the mob. With a father’s desperation, he shoved and pushed his way to Jesus, his one and only hope. When he finally stood face to face with Jesus, Luke tells us, “he fell at Jesus’ feet, and began to entreat Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying.”
It’s amazing that when the father came face to face with Jesus, he ended up at His feet. I’m sure Jairus’ tears washed over the feet of Jesus as he poured out his heartache over the impending death of his only daughter. What seems so unfair in life is that often, just when you begin to see hope for a bad situation, something always comes up to knock the wind out of your sails, and that’s what happened to Jairus. “and when he was still speaking someone came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, ‘your daughter has died, do not trouble the Teacher anymore.'” Luke 8: 49 A father’s worse nightmare, the death of a child. Everything was over, his hopes crashed with the reality of his daughters death. In his heart, where his daughter once danced, there would now only be silence and darkness. He would go home heartbroken and alone to face an empty future. But, Jairus had overlooked one thing; he was in the presence of Jesus.
Jesus response to the news of the little girl’s death is one of the most beautiful texts in Scripture, “but when Jesus heard this, He answered him, ‘do not be afraid any longer, only believe and she shall be made well.'” Luke 8: 50 What must the father have thought? It was one thing to go to Jesus, the great healer, for help when his daughter was alive, but now Jesus was proposing that He could and would resurrect her.
Luke next tells us that Jesus goes to the house and taking only Peter, John, James, Jairus and his wife into the room where the little girl lay dead, He resurrects her. “He, however, took her by the hand and called, saying, ‘child, arise!’ And her spirit returned, and she rose immediately; and He gave orders for something to be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but He instructed them to tell no one what had happened.” Luke 8: 54-56 How do you keep news like this silent? You can’t. This is news that needs to be shouted from the highest rooftops; through Jesus the dead will live again. Life doesn’t end at the grave. For those who trust in God there is a new day, and like Jairus, our heart will be made whole again. Long after Jesus had moved on, Jairus and his daughter were still dancing.