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His Move, His Touch

By Kirk Hunt

The Story

22And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23and begged Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live." 24So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. (Mark 5:22-24 NKJV)

Jairus put all of his religious doctrine into a scroll jar. He set his pride down on the kitchen shelf. Cloaked in humility and driven by distress, the pastor of the synagogue went to Jesus.

Itís amazing what a man will do for his sick child. Heíll put aside his political leanings. Heíll ignore denominational boundaries. Heíll even approach a backwoods carpenter-turned-preacher.

Jairus and his daughterís need are real and urgent. Jesus agrees to come and heal the little girl. The crowd, looking for more spectacle and exhibitions of the miraculous, tags along.

Jairus, Jesus and the Disciples begin pushing through the crowded streets. Jairus must have ground his teeth at their slow progress. The crowdís raw size and festival attitude formed one hindrance. Jesusí willingness to minister on the way formed another. Still, he had to wait, while Jesus moved at His own speed.

30And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes?" 31But His disciples said to Him, "You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'"(Mark 5:30-31 NKJV)

In the midst of the throng, a different soul, desperate for healing, touches Jesus. Her faith is so great that Jesus didnít need to focus His attention on her. Healing power flows from Him to her at her believing contact.

Jesus stops the parade to address this unnamed womanís enormous faith. Jairus stands by silent and stoned faced. Iím sure he meant the healed woman no ill, but his daughter remains sick and near death. This delay, even to teach belief and faith, stretches out the anguish of this man and father.

Even the Disciples are mystified at Jesusí behavior. Perhaps they get the lesson later, but at that moment, they side with Jairus on the craziness of the situation. Still, Jesus stops and ministers.

More stalling. More delay. Disaster marches closer.

35While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue's house who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" (Mark 5:35 NKJV)

Time has run out. The opportunity for the miraculous has passed. The need, that existed so urgently a few moments before, has vanished like smoke.

I can only imagine the wave of hurt and anguish that crashed into Jairus. Like a physical blow, Pastor Jairus reels under the impact of his confirmed loss. His only hope now is to flee the crowd before grief drags him under.

36As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe." (Mark 5:36 NKJV)

Jesus took time to minister to the unnamed woman. Now He takes time to minister to Jairus. The message is short but potent: "Grip your faith."

38Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. 39When He came in, He said to them, "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping." 40And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. (Mark 5:38-40 NKJV)

The mourners are probably paid professionals, a practice of the time. Still, too quickly, they shift from tears to laughter at Jesusí profession of faith. Jesus and the Big Three quickly flush these scoffers out of the house.

41Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, "Talitha, cumi," which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise." 42Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. 43But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat. (Mark 5:41-43 NKJV)

Grief has been transformed to joy by two words. Time, an advancing enemy just a few minutes ago, now passes all too quickly. Jesus has snatched a precious life back from the grave. Pastor and Mrs. Jairus now weep over a warm and breathing daughter.

The Lesson(s)

Patience

Jesus knows the situation youíre living in. He knows the heartaches and headaches rampaging through your soul. His healing is on the way. Grip your faith.

Still, the pain and hurt are now. Circumstances seem to conspire to hinder Him. He will arrive is His good timing. Stay the course. Patience is often called "waiting without complaining."

Easily said. Not so easily done. Know that God will move in your life. Be assured that His Touch will heal the situation.

Understanding

Why do you need to pass through the fire? I donít know. You may never know, before heaven, yourself.

Maybe heís equipping you to help some one else. He may be burning a weakness out of your soul, or building a strength into your heart. It could be that someone looking on is strengthened by your faithful endurance.

Whatever it is, God is there with you. Wait for His timing.

Criticism

Friends, family, even other spirit-filled believers may not understand why you are enduring your circumstances. They may even insist that you have sinned, or at least followed the wrong course of action. The Apostle Paul spoke directly to such a condition.

8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, (2 Corinthians 1:8-9 NKJV)

Live in Godís Grace. Know that they mean well, but may not understand the magnificent work God is producing in your life. Live in confidence of His Power and Grace.

Faith and Belief

When His answer comes, it might not be what you asked for. It could look different than you expected. It may not look like what you need or want.

Have faith. Put aside doubt and pick up hope. Believe Him, no matter how it looks to you.

His answers defy our logic. His solutions are beyond our power. And sometimes, the outcome He provides are more than we asked.

Ignore the common wisdom. Dismiss the crowd. Grip what He sends.

Sustaining Your Response

Life and existence are not enough. We must be prepared to sustain what He brings. Little Miss Jairus needed a meal after having passed through death itself.

When God brings His answer into your life, be ready to give a practical response. While Jesus has paid the price of our salvation, we must pay the maintenance for our restored lives. He provides. We maintain.

Believe He will bring the solution. Be prepared to take the next step. Look to a bright future, no matter how dark the present.

Conclusion

God will move in your life. Wait for Him. Believe in Him and what He brings. Be prepared to sustain, and even expand His solution for your life.

"Be not afraid, only believe"

Closing Prayer

Lord, I thank you for these readers and their faith in You. Sustain them in faithfulness as they wait for Your answer. Give them strength and courage to believe. Equip them to respond in faith when the solution comes. Let their hearts know that You are standing by, no matter how long it seems to take. Give them unspeakable joy and unshakable confidence in You. Amen.


Kirk Hunt serves as director of menís ministries at Copper Mountain Assembly of God near Tucson, Arizona. He is a contracts manager at an aerospace manufacturer, and author of Soldiers of the Kingdom available from CadreMen Press.

Copyright © October 2003, Kirk Hunt