Jairus’ Daughter

Scripture: Luke 8:49-56, NLT

While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.”

51 When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and mother. 52 The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

53 But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died. 54 Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My child, get up!” 55 And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were overwhelmed, but Jesus insisted that they not tell anyone what had happened.


In John 11 we have the story of the raising of Lazarus which was Jesus third and final resurrection on record. I want to read a few verses to set the tone for today’s message.

When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.”

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

“Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.”

Both Mary and Martha had firm confidence in Jesus ability to heal but Lazarus death gave their faith a shock. Jesus always desires to reveal more of Himself to us. Martha knew Jesus was a healer but He wanted her to understand that He was more, much more. He was the resurrection and the life principle.

What Jesus did for Mary, Martha, James, John, Peter, Jairus and wife was to demonstrate in time that He had power over death the power to give life when death seemed final. Martha was quick to point out that she believed in a resurrection day but Jesus corrected her. The resurrection is not a day, the resurrection is a person–Jesus is the resurrection. Jesus is life and just as light is greater than darkness so life is greater than death. Death is merely the absence of life, just as darkness is the absence of light.

Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us the story of the Sadducees trying to trick Jesus with the question about the woman who married seven brother, not at one time but in succession. One would die, and she would marry the next. Their question was, “Who wife will she be in the resurrection.” There is some irony in the question: the Sadducees didn’t believe in a resurrection. Note Jesus answer…

  • You guys have two major problems: you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God.
  • You are ignorant because marriage is an earthly thing: there will be no marriage in heaven between man and woman. [Its a different kind of marriage not to be compared with what takes place on earth]
  • The Sadducees are supposed to have the Torah committed to memory so Jesus takes them back to Exodus 3:6, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When God spoke this to Moses, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had been physically dead for hundreds of years.
  • The Sadducees came with the intent of tricking Jesus but He turned the table on them and now they were trapped by their own question. They professed to believe the Torah without understanding the resurrection being taught in the Torah. It’s like, “What’s up fellows, don’t you believe the books of Moses?”
  • If God is a God of the living, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob must be alive, right? I am sure they said nothing so Jesus summed it up with this statement…So He is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to HIM.
  • There is no death in eternity for a believer. Your future state is one of life, much more life than you are experiencing now.

So this is basically the sermon:

  4. WHATEVER ELSE DEATH MAY BE [sad, sorrowful, emotionally draining] IT IS IN FACT ONLY TEMPORARY. {Jesus didn’t say we would not die, He said we would not stay dead}


In concluding, I want to share the wonderful gospel, the good news: may Christ Jesus our Lord open our minds to receive this truth.

In the three N.T. stories where Jesus raises the dead there are three subliminal messages that can easily be missed–

  1. There is the personal message from Jesus–I Am the resurrection and the life…I have power over death…death will not get the victory…I will get the victory
  2. There is an inspiring message a message of hope. The story of Jarius’s daughter reveals this. Jarius friends come to him and say, ““Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” This is where we are living at present. We live in the world of the dying. Death is a reality and we know it. Note verse 53…But the crowd laughed at HIM [Jesus}because they all knew she had died. We know when someone dies. You do not have to be a doctor to recognize death–no breath, no pulse, the body loses color and grows cold. THIS IS OUR PRESENT REALITY. But in the midst of grim reality we have HOPE…“Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.” OUR PRESENT HOPE IS THE WORD OF JESUS, have faith, this is temporary. So the question is: Do you believe your senses {I know she is dead} or do you believe the words of Jesus–“Have faith, this is temporary.”
  3. There is a Prophetic Message:  Jesus lived in both time and eternity. He had the advantage of seeing both worlds at the same time. Why did He raise Jairus’s Daughter and Lazarus…they would only have to die again. He did it for our benefit. He reached out into eternity [where all live] and He grasp our future reality and brought it into the present. Jesus was simply saying, in the future, in My kingdom, there will be no death. I will not allow it. He did these miracles to demonstrate this truth.

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