You can know how many beans make five, but it comes a time when you find yourself between the devil and the deep blue sea. Hot and bothered, bread no longer buttered on both sides and as brown as a berry.
That is the place where Jairus, (Luke 8:40-53) a synagogue ruler found himself: In straits and stress. His daughter was breathing her last and Jairus had to seek the intervention of the uncommon rabbi, as fast as possible.
He probably told his servant to swiftly prepare the horse. He saddled it and rode fast and furious. This urgent and important message had to reach Jesus. Lateness would prove disastrous.
Jairus found the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker milling around the uncommon rabbi. He immediately broke the protocols and fell before Jesus’ feet to plead for her daughter’s well-being. In cadenza, Jairus begged for the life of her only daughter.
When the chips are down, you hardly care what the crowd does or say about you. Protocols don’t matter when the only recourse you have is Hobson’s choice. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t!
Jesus immediately responds to Jairus distress call and set his face to Jairus house. This is unlike in the Lazarus case when Jesus dilly-dallied. We all want on-the-spot answers to our prayers. This story proves that it sometimes happens. At the same time, Lazarus story proves that quick answers sometimes don’t come -and for a good reason.
As Jesus is on the way, a woman with blood issue is healed. She also breaks procedures and protocols. Who is this kind of rabbi that allows his followers break the time-tested customs? Who is this kind of teacher who goes against the grain?
It is not over until He says so
Somewhere along the way, a bearer of bad news arrives and proclaims that Jairus daughter is as dead as a doornail. He doesn’t just relay the news. He goes ahead to advise Jairus to urge Jesus to abandon the mission. Who asked for your advice mister man? Have you ever come across guys who convince you to ditch something as it is worthless, according to their observations? They don’t know the kind of rabbi you tagging along. We quickly forget that our understanding is restricted. We are not like Jesus to give advice even where it is not sought explicitly or implicitly.
For me, I always die with my boots on. Never say die. Die in the last ditch. In fact, Jesus will not allow it to go that far. Why? He did not allow Jairus to come to that point.
According to Jesus, the die had been cast. There was no reverse gear. Whether dead or alive, Jairus daughter was to live again.
Our major undoing is that we listen to people more than we listen to Jesus. When Jesus says the girl will live again, ignore the sceptics. Raise your faith. Come along with Jesus. It shall be well. Do not let anyone write you off. Dig in your heels and hear none of the things that repudiate Jesus words.
How can Jairus friend think he is bothering the teacher when the teacher himself has not complained? Do not speak for Jesus. He speaks for Himself. Keep quiet when He is quiet. And when He speaks, the critics are silenced, the naysayers are disappointed, the know-it-alls are dismayed. Just believe.
Are you feeling down and out? Call on Jesus. Don’t lie like a dying duck in a thunderstorm. Shake off the dust of pain, saddle your horse, and ride into His presence with praise and thanksgiving.