Mk.5:22,23 – Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.”

This story exposes just how far we will go if we really need a miracle. Jairus was an important man, one of the most important in his whole town. He was the chief ruler of the synagogue. The synagogue was the very epicenter of life in the Jewish community. Jesus was considered a dangerous rebel by the Jewish leadership. In other words, Jairus would probably lose his job and his reputation by going to Jesus. Sometimes we just have to make a stand no matter what it will cost us. Our life and the lives of those around us are effected by the decisions we make, especially in moments like this one. Jairus’s daughter was about to die (she actually did die). Nothing else mattered in that moment to Jairus, he had to get to Jesus no matter what the cost. Here is what Barclay says about Jairus and his decision to go to Jesus.

“The story tells us something about this man who was the ruler of the synagogue. He must have been a person of some considerable importance. The ruler was the administrative head of the synagogue. He was the president of the board of elders responsible for the good management of the synagogue. He was responsible for the conduct of the services. He did not usually take part in them himself, but he was responsible for the allocation of duties and for seeing that they were carried out with all seemliness and good order. The ruler of the synagogue was one of the most important and most respected men in the community. But something happened to him when his daughter fell ill and he thought of Jesus. His prejudices were forgotten.”

When our world falls apart we often reevaluate everything like Jairus did. Maybe you are in that place today. Maybe you have been afraid to really sell out to Jesus because of what others would think. In the moment of crisis decisions are made that will determine the rest of your life. Come to Jesus like Jairus, fall at His feet and worship Him. Before you know it He will come to your house like He did for Jairus. What happens next? Like Jairus’s daughter, dead things start coming alive.


  1. To live only to fulfill His purposes, becoming a tree to hang His fruit on, a conduit for His love and power to flow through, to bring glory to His name. Death is no longer possible to the Life giver.

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