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1-15/Wk3/Ch3: Jairus, the Two-Faced Leader 
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Please Post Reply any thoughts on this chapter, what you liked or disliked about it, the Truths that resonated with your Spirit - OR - answer the chapter questions for group discussion below:

1. Jairus had friends who expected perfection out of him. How is a real friend different than this?

2. Jesus never mentioned Jairus's hypocrisy as he led the entourage on the way to heal the man's daughter. How has a friend shown unconditional love to you?

3. When you are in desperate need, where do you turn?



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In the second paragraph of Chapter 3 it states:

People had left the temple to follow Jesus. Temple dues were going unpaid and the religious leaders bickered often about what to do next. The whole city of Jerusalem was divided.

I wonder how devout a Jew was Jesus if people left the temple to follow Him? I know this is a fiction book but the author did extensive research to make this story as true as possible. So I did some research myself to find out why she wrote that. Then I found the answer in the last article at the link below: Jesus really didn't fit into any of the existing sects of Judaism, so the author alluded to Jesus starting a new sect of Judaism and people leaving to follow Him. I don't really believe people left the temple to follow Him, though. I believe Jesus was a devout Jew even though he may not have agreed with, or even followed, all of the practices of Judaism. It's interesting that there were several sects of Judaism just like there are many Christian denominations today.

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Post Re: 1-15/Wk3/Ch3: Jairus, the Two-Faced Leader
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1. Jairus had friends who expected perfection out of him. How is a real friend different than this?

2. Jesus never mentioned Jairus's hypocrisy as he led the entourage on the way to heal the man's daughter. How has a friend shown unconditional love to you?

I am happy to remember that we have had friends who brushed aside my gruff manners or thoughtless moments, keeping up a friendship anyway. I could probably think of times I have done the same for them - I don't know, because I am not big on keeping score.

I'm not sure I have ever opened up enough to give a friend a chance to accept me in spite of my most private faults.

My wife has friends who shared very deeply with one another in college days. She is still friends with them, and they accept each other easily. I sometimes think women are better at friendship than men.



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My wife has friends who shared very deeply with one another in college days. She is still friends with them, and they accept each other easily. I sometimes think women are better at friendship than men.


You might be right about women being better at friendship than men, up to a point. Females can be emotionally brutal to each other as evidenced from pre-school on up, but I think we are more forgiving of each other, especially because we love and invest in our friendships at a deeper level than men do. I believe 1 Peter 4:8 applies to all close friendships - Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.



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Post Re: 1-15/Wk3/Ch3: Jairus, the Two-Faced Leader
Real friends do not expect perfection from you they are there for you just like Jesus was a real friend and did not expect that from Jairus. This was very good to recap and was what I needed to read again. I am going through some bad things and a dear friend has been there for me and God has also been there.



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Post Re: 1-15/Wk3/Ch3: Jairus, the Two-Faced Leader
I cannot wrap my head around Jairus and his hatred
For Jesus but then begging him to help his dying daughter
Then sending him to the cross. This makes me mad!
Jesus is Jesus. Of course he's going to help. To prove
A point. If I were Jesus' friend back then I would've been like
"Don't help him, he hates you!" Which is EXACTLY why Jesus
Did it. Sigh. Wow. Just wow. I am not this friend. (still waiting to see which
Friend of Jesus mist fits me)



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Post Re: 1-15/Wk3/Ch3: Jairus, the Two-Faced Leader
LauraK wrote:
I cannot wrap my head around Jairus and his hatred
For Jesus but then begging him to help his dying daughter
Then sending him to the cross. This makes me mad!
Jesus is Jesus. Of course he's going to help. To prove
A point. If I were Jesus' friend back then I would've been like
"Don't help him, he hates you!" Which is EXACTLY why Jesus
Did it. Sigh. Wow. Just wow. I am not this friend. (still waiting to see which
Friend of Jesus mist fits me)


Jairus was deeply emotional regarding his daughter's illness and certain death, and was praying to God to heal her, and then he heard a voice in his head say 'Jesus'. Up until then, Jairus was on board to kill Jesus, but God changed Jairus's heart using his love for his daughter and the desperate circumstances of her impending death. Jairus took a chance on Jesus and his daughter was brought back to life, right before his very eyes! In taking a chance on Jesus, Jairus lost his job as a leader in the synagogue, which left Jairus unable to defend Jesus to the other leaders who wanted to kill Jesus. I like how the chapter ended with Jairus apologizing to Simon in Bethany, and then both men bowed their heads and prayed for Jesus.

Just like for both Jairus and Simon, whenever we come to Jesus we will see wondrous things happen, but we will also lose a part of our life that was important to us. For Simon, he was healed of leprosy but lost his leadership position in the synagogue and his family. For Jairus, his daughter was raised from the dead but he lost his high position in the synagogue and his status in the community. In my own experience, I was afraid to make a commitment to our Lord for this very reason - I was satisfied with my life and was afraid to lose any part of it - so I went my merry way and put it off until I couldn't put it off any longer. When I sensed God was demanding a decision on a commitment from me, with pen in hand, I finally wrote a contract to the Lord and surrendered to Him everything that was important to me - now He couldn't take it from me and I couldn't lose it because I gave it to Him - since then He has shown me wondrous things and I've never looked back.



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