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Passages for 1.5.20: Genesis 12-15; Psalm 148; Mark 5.
In Mark 5:21-43 we read about two healings. The first was a woman with a twelve-year problem with a discharge of blood; she touched Jesus’ garment and was healed immediately. The other miracle was the resurrecting of Jairus’ daughter. In verse 23 Mark tells us that Jairus implored Jesus earnestly. The word implore means to beg someone earnestly or desperately to do something; that’s the posture Jairus had towards Jesus because his daughter was near to the death. He implored Jesus with earnestness and desperation.
Here are a couple truths that struck me as I read this passage this morning:
Jairus’ desperation for Jesus’ intervention in his daughter’s life should characterize every believer’s life. We should be desperate for Jesus. I confess, much of the time I am not.
Jairus’ commitment to getting Jesus to heal his sick and eventually dead daughter is the manner in which we should work in bringing friends and family members to meet Jesus; there should be an earnestness; there should be desperation because we know apart from Jesus no one will experience lasting healing of the soul.