Mk.5:22,23 – Just then, a man saw that it was Jesus, so he pushed through the crowd and threw himself down at his feet. His name was Jairus, a Jewish official who was in charge of the synagogue. He pleaded with Jesus, saying over and over, “Please come with me! My little daughter is at the point of death, and she’s only twelve years old! Come and lay your hands on her and heal her and she will live!”

After everything is said and done there is nothing we can do to warrant a miracle. Miracles flow out from the grace of God and ultimately bring us back to the death of Jesus on the cross. Many times, when one really needs a miracle, you feel trapped between two worlds. Initially you want God’s intervention so that you can return to your comfortable normal life; the Lord has kingdom plans on His mind and is not interested in normal. That’s exactly the predicament Jairus was in that day. He was leader of the synagogue in Capernaum; prominent, well off, and well respected. His problem was that his daughter was at death’s door. There he was, trapped between death’s door and a brand new world. He knew the promise of miracles in the ministry of Jesus, he also knew following the prophet from Nazareth would likely cost him everything. Here is how Barclay describes this scene.

“His pride was forgotten. It must have taken a conscious effort of humiliation for this ruler of the synagogue to come and ask for help from Jesus of Nazareth. No one wishes to be indebted to anyone else: we would like to run life on our own. The very first step of the Christian life is to realize that we cannot be anything other than indebted to God. Here we enter the realm of speculation, but it seems to me that we can say of this man that his friends were forgotten. It may well be that, to the end, they objected to him calling in Jesus….Many a man is wisest when his worldly-wise friends think he is acting like a fool.”

So maybe you are looking for a miracle today. What will it cost you? Probably everything. What will you get in return? More than you can imagine. It’s never fun to be trapped between two worlds. The good news, that’s the very place miracles are found.


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