Jairus’ Courage-Mark 5:21-24, 35-43

Mark 5:21-24, 35-43 “When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet 23 and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him. 35 While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any more?”  36 Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”  40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.”
Marco 5:21-24, 35-43  « Gesù passò di nuovo {in barca} all’altra riva, e una gran folla si radunò attorno a lui; ed egli stava presso il mare. 22 E uno dei capi della sinagoga, chiamato Iairo, venne e, vedutolo, gli si gettò ai piedi 23 e lo pregò con insistenza, dicendo: «La mia bambina sta morendo. Vieni a posare le mani su di lei, affinché sia salva e viva». 24 Gesù andò con lui, e molta gente lo seguiva e lo stringeva da ogni parte. 35 Mentre egli parlava ancora, vennero dalla casa del capo della sinagoga, dicendo: «Tua figlia è morta; perché incomodi ancora il Maestro?» 36 Ma Gesù, udito quel che si diceva, disse al capo della sinagoga: «Non temere; soltanto abbi fede!» 37 E non permise a nessuno di accompagnarlo, tranne che a Pietro, Giacomo e Giovanni, fratello di Giacomo. 38 Giunsero a casa del capo della sinagoga; ed egli vide una gran confusione e gente che piangeva e urlava. 39 Entrato, disse loro: «Perché fate tanto strepito e piangete? La bambina non è morta, ma dorme». 40 Ed essi ridevano di lui. Ma egli li mise tutti fuori, prese con sé il padre e la madre della bambina e quelli che erano con lui, ed entrò là dove era la bambina. 41 E, presala per mano, le disse: «Talitàcum! » che tradotto vuol dire: «Ragazza, ti dico: àlzati!» 42 Subito la ragazza si alzò e camminava, perché aveva dodici anni. E furono {subito} presi da grande stupore; 43 ed egli comandò loro con insistenza che nessuno lo venisse a sapere; e disse che le fosse dato da mangiare.”
     Jairus was essentially a deacon in the synagogue yet obviously didn’t have contempt for Jesus. He had heard and may have even witnessed some of the miracles of Jesus’ power. Look at the three ways this ruler of the temple displayed courage. First, in a verbal confession with others around, he declares that with just one touch from Jesus’ hand on his dying daughter, she would be healed. This is in stark contrast to the other synagogue rulers who were already plotting to kill Jesus. The text says Jairus “pleaded earnestly”. It is amazing that when we are desperate for answers and help, we sometimes have more courage to humble ourselves (even when it is contrary to our family and friends) and plead for mercy.
     Second, even when Jesus takes a detour on the way to heal the women with the issue of blood, Jairus’ courage is not deterred. He waits his turn and doesn’t blame Jesus for His stop on the way. We might have said, “Hey, I was first in line!”
     Third, there is courage in him even when his friends and relatives tell him it was futile to bother Jesus. Jairus’ daughter was already dead and people laughed at Jesus’ comment that she was merely asleep. But Jairus ignored their response and instead listened to the reassuring words of Jesus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” And because of his courage to confess, wait for and listen to Jesus, he witnessed his daughter being raised from the dead. 
Pray with me: Lord, sometimes I am faced with difficulties that only You can solve. Help me to not only be courageous in declaring that You are my answer but to also not be discouraged by Your timing or by those who doubt You.

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