Have you ever reached a place in your life where you have nothing left? Where you’re desperate for answers, for help, for hope, and you’ve done all that you can do on your own? In Mark 5, we find the account of a man named Jairus who was in this very place.
Mark 5:22-23 tells us pretty much everything we need to know about Jairus: “Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with him. ‘My little daughter is dying,’ he said. ‘Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.’”
The first remarkable thing about Jairus is that he was a leader of the local synagogue—a position even more powerful than today’s pastors. Most people would have thought Jesus had need of Jairus. But Jairus understood he had need of Jesus. On top of this, most synagogue rulers, at this point in history, were Pharisees—the inveterate enemies of Christ. So for this man to humble himself and fall at the feet of Jesus was huge.
The other amazing thing was Jairus’s full commitment to getting to Jesus. His reputation and even his position were likely at stake. But he didn’t care. Jairus didn’t need any more theology, philosophy, or opinions…he needed a touch from God. He didn’t care about his reputation. His family needed a miracle. God seldom responds to distracted, dull, half-hearted and boring prayers. This man was passionate about what he wanted from Jesus.
He humbled himself, and said, “Lord, whatever it costs—whatever it takes, I’m going to grab hold of You.” The most powerful prayers I have ever prayed happened after I finally came to the end of myself—after I finally got over myself—when I gave up caring what people think, even what I think, and said, “Lord, whatever it takes, I need You now.”
Jairus believed that just one touch from God can change everything. Do we have the same passionate faith? Are we willing to do whatever Jesus asks us? Are we willing to risk everything to seek Him?
Dr. Derek Grier