Re: 1-15/Wk3/Ch3: Jairus, the Two-Faced Leader
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.