This Friday I want to share parts of a sermon that I have preached for many years. It is about hope, faith and love.
We may not want to admit it but we have all struggled with hopelessness. We have all experienced lean times in some form or fashion whether it be physically, spiritually, financially, emotionally and many other categories.
The Bible in Luke Chapter 8 introduces us to a man named Jairus. Scripture teaches us that he was a ruler in the Jewish Synagogue. He came and fell at the feet of Jesus begging Him to come to his house for his only daughter, age 12, was dying. It took so much courage for Jairus to come to Christ. The Jewish church did not accept Jesus as their Chosen One and any person that believed Christ was excommunicated. This means when Jairus fell at the feet of Christ he was giving up everything he had. His job, his social status, food source, etc…. He was desperate.
As we continue to read in Luke Chapter 8 we see that Jesus was going to help Jairus but a woman with the issue of blood touched the border of Jesus’ garment and was healed and He stopped and spent time with her as He had felt a healing virtue leave His body. Also a large crowd had gathered. Imagine how Jairus felt when his servant came from his house and told him to not trouble or bother the Master, referring to Jesus, for his daughter was dead. But Jesus looked at him in said in Verse 50 “Fear not, only believe, and she shall be made whole”.
Jesus went on to Jairus’s house and the people at the home laughed when Jesus said she was not dead but only asleep. Jesus had them excused and He simply took her by the hand and said “Maid arise” and the 12 year old’s spirit returned to her body and her parents were astonished. There seemed to be no hope, all was dead to them. Jairus’s servant told him to not even bother Jesus with his problem that the girl was dead. But Jairus believed.
As I said at the beginning of this article we all have tough times and times when all seems to be lost and our dreams appear to be dead. Maybe people in your life tell you to “Trouble not the Master”.
I want to encourage you this day to not give up. God has NEVER let anyone down. He has a perfect record. Fear not, only believe. Sometimes our greatest blessings comes from times of desperation.