The Lord of lateness
This was a desperate situation. The man who comes to Jesus is desperate. His daughter is in urgent need. He loves her and risks the condemnation of other synagogue members to find Jesus and beg for help.
Along the way, however, Jesus is touched by a woman who had severe bleeding. Although Jesus knew the desperation of Jairus’ circumstance, He stopped for a moment and interacted with this woman who “had been subject to bleeding for twelve years” (vs. 43). She was healed and now is immortalized in Scripture.
On the other hand, a servant from Jairus’ household came to tell him that his daughter had died. It was the final word. The desperation and urgency were over. Now, Jairus could affix blame on Jesus for not rushing out to save his daughter. Now, he could become part of that bitter faction who disbelieved that Jesus is the Messiah, and call for His crucifixion. Now, he could start to mourn the loss of his daughter.
But, Jesus was undetered. In verse 50, Luke records Jesus’ words to Jairus at that moment; “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” Jairus had nothing to respond to that. His reason was held captive to the Word of God. What else could he do? Where death had begun to settle in his heart, Jesus spoke a spark of hope.
52Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”
53They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.
It was over. They were mourning. The girl was done, and they were starting their process of healing emotionally. But Jesus commanded them, “Stop wailing”. As a preview of heaven, tears will be dried up and sadness will end.
He declares her to only be asleep. Their laughter is because they don’t know who is before them.
Kicking them out, Jesus allows Peter, James and John to serve as witnesses. He takes the girl by the hand and says, “My child, get up” (vs. 54). Then, 55 “Her spirit
returned, and at once she stood up.”
This illustrates a continuing theme throughout the Scripture. Abraham was too old to have children. Lazarus was in the grave, and the body was starting to decompose and stink. The little girl had succumbed to her sickness.
In this life, being old means that we can have no more children. If someone is in the grave, we have moved on from living with them. Death is the final word.
But, in acts utilizing His divine Lordship over time, Christ overcomes the final word and declares “I am the Alpha and the Omega“. There is no Lord over Christ Jesus. He is the divine Son of God. He is ALL-MIGHTY. Time, death, illness, age and unbelief cannot overcome Christ Jesus. He alone is the Lord.
And, He is the Lord of your life, too. Whether you know it or not. He can take whatever desperate situation you find yourself in and … do nothing.
But then, something strange happens. When the situation has ended, Christ creates victory. Not for your faith. No, He waits until faith has walked out the door and locked it. He creates victory to demonstrate that He is the God of the resurrection and the Life. He is defeated by nothing, not even your circumstance.
In the end, it took the end of His life by crucifixion to do it. It took succumbing to death to reign over it. And, Jesus did all of this … for you.
Amen and Amen.