And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 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.” And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him….. (here there is an interrupting event – see tomorrow) ….While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
Comment: Jairus was in urgent need of help. He turned, no doubt because of the well known healing ministry of Jesus, to Him. Jesus set out with those who were with him to go to see the sick girl. There was an unexpected delay and while Jesus was sorting that out, a messenger arrived from Jairus’ house telling him that it was too late. His daughter was dead. I doubt if they would have sent the message if they were not sure that she was dead. Jesus told the man not to fear but believe. It would have been very hard for Jairus not to fear that it was too late and to enter the normally very vocal weeping grief of the East. But with just Jairus (and probably his small entourage) and three disciples Jesus set off for the death bed scene.
Prayer: Your timing and ours doesn’t always mesh perfectly, O Lord. Help us to trust Your timing.