Jesus is sovereign over the twin adversities of disease and death. His sovereignty was visible for all to see when he raised the dead daughter of Jairus, a religious leader. This man’s daughter was at a young age, about to flower into the full potential of her womanhood, when suddenly all that potential was at the point of being snuffed out. Knowing that Jesus had healed many sick people, Jairus too approached Jesus and desperately fell at His feet, pleading with Him to come to his house.
While Jesus was still speaking with Jairus, someone came from his house. “Your daughter is dead”, he said. “Don’t bother the teacher any more”. Death had now stepped forward as the final barrier to all action.
Hearing this Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed” (Luke 8: 49-50). And Jairus believed. At that moment, Jairus could have believed the bad report, given in to fear, and lost his miracle. However, instead of allowing his fears to rule his life, Jairus chose to believe in Jesus. It is impossible to have a spirit of faith and a spirit of fear at the same time.
When Jesus reached the home of Jairus, He told the dead girl to do what she could not do. “My child, get up” (Luke 8:54) He said, and by the power of Jesus’ word she did it. Her life force returned to her dead body and up she got! The father had believed and the daughter had been saved.
Even today, faith rightly seizes the initiative to claim God’s promises, but it must sometimes be patient. In one instance faith forges full speed ahead; in another it forces us to curb our natural impulsiveness. Power in religion without a personal relationship with the Lord and a public commitment to common good is not genuine faith but a self-serving attitude.