With Jesus in the Eye of the Storm

Raising of Jairus' Daughter

Yesterday  we looked at the first of two episodes that are told together in the gospel. A woman who for 12 years had suffered from an issue of blood which long medical treatment and all her money had been unable to alleviate, she touched Jesus and was healed. The other story is about Jairus and his daughter. He was a ruler of the synagogue, and his daughter had died. Jesus takes her by the hand, commands her to arise and she arose.

And there came a man named Ja’irus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus’ feet he besought him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As he went, the people pressed round him. (The woman with the flow of blood interrupts Jesus’ journey to Jairus’ house)While he was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.” And when he came to the house, he permitted no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and bewailing her; but he said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but he charged them to tell no one what had happened. Luke 8:41, 42, 49-56

“Do not fear, only believe.”

Telling a father to believe beyond all hope after this kind of news – man. I am wondering if the disciples got it yet. They have just witnessed, in order, the stilling of the storm, the demon possessed man is freed and the woman with a flow of blood healed. And now Jesus is saying that death has lost it’s touch. I would like to think that the disciples would have understood that the One who calms wind and waves and exorcises a man with a legion of demons and heals an unhealable woman without word or effort can bring a girl back to life like he was waking her up from a nap. But here is the question; do you believe this?

Faith is not, simply, knowledge about Jesus, though that is important. We cannot trust him if we do not know about him. Faith is not simply an intellectual agreement that the facts about his life are true. The faith we need to cultivate is that a faith that trusts. A faith that hopes when all hope is lost.



Filed under Orthodox Christianity, Scripture Rumination

3 responses to “With Jesus in the Eye of the Storm

  1. R. DeJaynes

    Thank you!

    R. DeJaynes

  2. Lenore

    from John Dunne
    DEATH be not proud, though some have called thee
    Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so,
    For, those, whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow,
    Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
    From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
    Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
    And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
    Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
    Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
    And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
    And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
    And better then thy stroake; why swell’st thou then;
    One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
    And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.

  3. Particularly well executed read…

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