39 To the question of Jesus

Luke 8:40-56
Exodus 3:7-15
T The training of the disciple for us

 This morning, it is an article of the resurrection of daughter of Jairus from Luke 8:40-56; he was an official of the synagogue. "And as Jesus returned, the multitude welcomed Him, for they had all been waiting for Him." (40) In this time, the people of the Galilee district have clustered around Jesus enthusiastically. Therefore, it seems that the hatred of Pharisee and Sopher to Jesus has increased still more; they considered Jesus is an enemy of the law and plotted dethronement to Him. "And as Jesus returned", it will say the return from the opposite bank, Diospols district. It was going to take some rest that Jesus went there, and it seemed that perhaps they were aiming to go to the vicinity of Bethsaida, but the course of the boat was out of order by a storm, and it seems to have been the first land for Jesus. Anyway, the event in there would widen action radius of Jesus and disciples just a little. Time to leave the Galilee district of Jesus got closer probably, because there was the hatred of Pharisees, and Jesus concentrated on training of disciples. In Chapter 9, Jesus sends apostles out into the people and is going to ask it result of training. In the most last chapter of training, it seems that Jesus wanted to let them some experience wonders (power of God)(8:22 -56), and it has become the last finish, it is the text of this morning.

 It will be because they heard Jesus has returned. "And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was an official of the synagogue; and he fell at Jesus' feet, and began to entreat Him to come to his house; for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes were pressing against Him." (41-42) Luke who rarely puts up a person's name unusually puts his name, "Jairus", here. Perhaps, it seems that he was known to disciples well. Because the Jewish synagogue of Capernaum which he worked at as a manager had been the Jesus pou sto place, possibly he might have been an important role on the formation of the initial church. It seems to be able to say this event was generated more earlier, but Luke brought this article here. He thought the training of the disciple is necessary for the foreigner church of his times, so, he would pile up it the training of the apostles. And Jairus seems to be said to be one of the central figures of this article by Luke.


U An opening from decision

 Jairus fell at Jesus' feet. Because the manager of synagogue is a celebrity of the town and a total person in charge of worship and education, there is rarely such a thing that he prostrates himself in the step of other person, I suppose. He had one daughter of around 12 years old, it seems that he was still young father and succeeded that job from his father. Therefore, he was a friend of the Pharisees, and surely, it seems that he had understood the discord of Jesus and Pharisees well. Such celebrity of prominent family prostrated himself with abandoning his shame and reputation, and asked Jesus. "My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live." (Matthew 9:18) Perhaps, it seems that he have heard the story of Jesus many times so far; but I admire that this person who was a friend of the Pharisee and a celebrity of the town made such a decision here. As for this decision, it may have been done because he is young; and perhaps, Capernaum became a base of His activity in Galilee, it will depend on this decision of him, I imagine it so. Then, even after his daughter has died he received the words of Jesus "Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she shall be made well." (50), and he sent nobody to the room according to the order of Jesus. It seems it depend on this first decision of him.


 Jesus heard his request, but on the way to the house of Jairus, a accident (?) happened. The woman who had a hemorrhage for 12 years disappeared in the crowd and touched the fringe of Jesus's cloak. There is it "and immediately her hemorrhage stopped." (44); Jesus said "Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me." (47) and halted there. Because I want to take up about this woman at the next time, I do not touch it this time, but the daughter of Jairus has died in the meantime. Jesus did not move as if He is wishing so. It was not so long time, I think; but, this father who decided to betray friends and came to Jesus would be really worried in the critical condition of his daughter. Still, he did not say anything, and waited patiently for the time that Jesus begins to move.


V To the question of Jesus

 While it was doing so, the reality that he was afraid of came. Someone came from the house of Jairus and said, "Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore." (49). Perhaps he would be a person of the relatives who came because a daughter of Jairus is in critical condition. From this statement, it seems that they have known the decision of Jairus which clung to Jesus. It rises that Jairus made his will clear and left the house, from here. He was at the place that a U-turn was not going to be possible anymore.

 Jesus observed a state of such Jairus, and said, "Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she shall be made well." (50). The Lord who know all of Jairus is there. And the same Lord is in our side, in this present age, too. And He calls out, "I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmaster, for I am aware of their sufferings." (Exodus 3:7) Will such His voice reach you? It is happy, if you hear such His voice and if you know that the only entrance which takes the powerful comfort of Jesus is faith to believe Jesus. Jesus said, "and she shall be made well.". This is the thing which only Luke wrote down, but perhaps it will be the insertion that was full of thought of doctor Luke. Jesus said "Child, arise!" and she rose immediately, and He commanded to give her something to eat. It does not only mean that she revived, but it seems that it means that the sickness in the root which brought about one's death was healed.

 On the way, Jairus was not able to understand it well, but he believed Jesus, and came back to his house with Jesus; and he entreated to the people to go out from the room of the daughter for a while. But, "Now they were all weeping and lamenting for her;" (52); people laughed because they have already started a funeral (bury it immediately in Judea); but Jesus said "Stop weeping, for she has not died, but is asleep." (52). Then He touched the foundation of death that belongs to God's area. The Apocalypse tells us that there are physical death and the second (eternity) death; but I want to tell you about detail things on the next time, and want you to learn the death that people who believe Jesus will have it, this morning. That death is a sleep of the souls; people wake up before long, and God receive them into the country of God; and it shows that the work of the life of eternity begins. The death of daughter of Jairus will be the symbol. Jesus shouted "Child, arise!" (54); we will be able to hear it a loud declaration telling us about it. In it being widely known immediately that a daughter revived, but Jesus instructed them to tell no one what had happened (56). Would not it be the chance that Jairus stood as a person to believe before God who gave him life of the eternity? He was a friend of Pharisees, but, he chose to follow Jesus. He was asked "Do you believe Me?" as well as that decision. And surely Jairus believed Jesus and became one of His disciples, I think. His sorrowful cry (prayer) reached the ears of God.