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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE
Hopeless Jairus - Luke 8:49-56

Senior Pastor Delbert Young, April 15,, 2012
204 North Main Street, LaFayette, GA 30728, www.lifegatechurch.com

Judy and I watched a movie Friday night called "The Vow." It was about a happily married couple being rear-ended by a truck. They called it a "moment of impact." A "moment of impact" is when life rear-ends you and life changes forever. Today, we'll talk about a moment of impact. Issues in life bring moments of impact causing hopelessness: sickness, occupational situations, impending debt, impending death of a loved one, a failing marriage, failing relationship, etc. Hopelessness rear-ends us with no warning. Hopelessness will cause depression and can bring suicide. Hopelessness robs us of life. It steals our motivation. It embezzles our desire to succeed. It's a thief robbing, killing, and destroying. What do we do when rear-ended by hopelessness? Last time we read...

Luke 8:40-48 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you." But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me." Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

Returning to Capernaum, Jesus and his disciples met a crowd anxiously awaiting Jesus. Within the crowd were two hopeless people. Every crowd contains hopeless people. Some here today feel hopeless. A man named Jairus worriedly awaiting Jesus fell at the feet of Jesus. Jairus was a ruler, a religious leader, powerful, well known, possibly the most known person in town, successful, and wealthy. It appeared he had life wrapped around his little finger. No. Hopelessness rear-ended Jairus. In a moment of impact his twelve year old daughter, his daddy's little girl, was dying and Jairus could do nothing about it - other than one thing. In his desperation he went to Jesus. We see his deep love for his daughter as this well-off successful man fought through the crowd and humbled himself at the feet of Jesus pleading.

Often, something we desperately love is connected with personal hopelessness - spouse, child, loved one, etc. We feel responsible and want to "fix" the situation. Eventually we learn the only person who can fix it is Jesus. Sometimes we must just collapse at Jesus' feet.

As they hurried down the streets, the crowd pressed in on Jesus. Another hopeless person secretly approached. A nameless woman slipped in behind Jesus. She was rear-ended by a disease twelve years earlier causing a moment of impact with a bleeding discharge taking her health, her money, her dignity, her worship, her life. Being socially rejected, she slipped in from behind grabbing the "wing" of Jesus' garment.

Two hopeless people. One with everything. One with nothing, but both coming to an accessible Jesus who was then and is now accessible in the streets, in the fields, homes, synagogues, by the sea, in the mountains, weddings, banquets, funerals - anywhere you are, he is. He's not a God far away secluded from people. He embraces all people - from the hopeless Jairus' with seemingly everything to the hopeless bleeding socially unclean with nothing. When hopelessness rear-ends us with a moment of impact, Jesus will give us his own moment of impact. Jesus is the answer to hopelessness.

Luke 8:44-45 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her BLEEDING STOPPED. "Who touched me?" Jesus asked...

Not only did the bleeding stop. Jesus stopped, began questioning, searching, waiting, acquiring the woman's testimony, and blessing her. This took precious time. What about Jairus? How would you feel? Your child is dying. Your only hope stops, seemingly more interested in a woman's testimony than your dying daughter. This woman, this unclean woman, interrupted everything. Her situation was bad, but not as dire as mine! Was Jairus actually patient? I don't think so. How would you feel as the next verse happened?

Luke 8:49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "YOUR DAUGHTER IS DEAD," he said. "DON'T BOTHER the teacher any more."

Why do we feel our prayers and requests, asking God's help is a bother/imposition to him? Is it because we feel we haven't been as faithful to him as we could or should be? As we see here, God's not too busy for you. Your need will not overload his "prayer answering system" with too many incoming calls. It's the enemy who says, "Don't bother Jesus." Jesus says call me anytime. Include me in your life. I want you to ask me to help. I want to help you.

"Your daughter is dead." I can't imagine what happened to Jairus' heart and knees hearing those words. That's a moment of impact. I imagine him hopelessly collapsing and violently shaking. He'd failed. Now, all hope was gone. I would have lost it. I, attempting to find someone to blame, would glare at the woman. Her waiting would not have hurt her. My situation was critical. Now my daughter is dead because of you. I would be bitter and, what about Jesus? He didn't have to stop that long if at all! Now it's too late. I would be angry - angry with the woman, angry with Jesus, angry with God. The violent storm of hopelessness and anger would rage through my mind and heart. But, mostly, I would be angry with myself.

A primary way hopelessness attacks us is with self-condemnation. There's always something we could have done we didn't, or done differently, or not done, but we can't allow that to destroy us now. We learn from those issues and attempt not to allow it to happen again, but we can't change it now. It's time to let God work.

Many hopeless things happen in our lives because we didn't do what we should, or did what we shouldn't. Ok. So what? Do them next time, or don't do them again but realize you didn't know you would be rear-ended. You never thought your marriage would die, or your children would be on drugs, or your life would fall apart. Had you, you would have done what you did not, or not done what you did. Now you're afraid it's too late. It's dead or dying. Is it?

Luke 8:50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "DON'T BE AFRAID; just believe, and she will be healed."

What's rear-ended you? What "moment of impact" you didn't see coming? Here's the deal. It's never too late with Jesus. Jesus didn't say, "I'm sorry. It's too late now." No. Instead, Jesus refused to leave Jairus side. As would a good friend, Jesus comforted Jairus. I see Jairus collapsed on his knees hopeless, but I see Jesus stoop down and put his arm around him. When Jairus' belief was at its lowest and everything seemed hopeless, there was Jesus giving hope. Jesus' hope and faith took over where Jairus' hope and faith ended. Jesus says I can help you. Just believe. That's what Jesus did and that's what we should do when someone we know experiences a "moment of impact." They are afraid. Tell them not to focus on the fear. Focus on believing.

It's amazing how in our bleakest of times, if we will believe in - prop up on - Jesus, things will turn out well. Jesus said, "Don't be afraid - phobeo {fob-eh'-o}to put to flight by terrifying (to scare away); to be struck with fear, to be seized with alarm. As we've seen many times, we get our English word "phobia" from phobeo. Jesus said, "Don't allow fear to become your identity. Allow me to be your identity. Believe, Jairus, believe! Prop up on me."

Yes, your marriage might be dead, but if you will believe and prop up on Jesus, it can be healed and healthier than ever. Your child could be on drugs, but if you will believe, and do things God's way, your child will be healed. Yes, you messed up your life, but "Don't be afraid: just believe, and you will be healed."

Let's pause here just a second and ask how many of us know this is true? In your own way, in your own life, the phobeo of hopelessness attempted to rob, kill, and destroy you, but you believed in Jesus and your life was healed? How many?

All can hope in Jesus and when we do, all things work out.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

We should know this, but do we? God doesn't deal with us all the same, but he will work out all things for the good for you when you believe and love him.

Luke 8:51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother.

Why did he do that? This was the first occasion Jesus separated Peter, John, and James from the others. There are two more times to come. They were considered the closest to him - his "first string." The other disciples most likely acted as guards to keep the crowd out.

What we learn is to be cautious who we allow in to pray for us in your dire times. Get your "first string" in. Once Jesus was in his hometown and couldn't do miracles because of their unbelief (Mat 13:38; Mar 6:5). Remove the unbelief.

Luke 8:52-53 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "STOP WAILING," Jesus said. "SHE IS NOT DEAD BUT ASLEEP." They laughed at him, KNOWING THAT SHE WAS DEAD.

Matthew 9:23-24 When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd, he said, "GO AWAY. THE GIRL IS NOT DEAD BUT ASLEEP." But they laughed at him.

Mark 5:40 But they laughed at him. After HE PUT THEM ALL OUT, he took the child's father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was.

I wonder how he put them all out. Jesus said the funeral was over! "Stop wailing!" "GO AWAY!" Jesus removed the unbelief before the miracle happened. Be cautious who prays for you. Remove unbelief.

They'd already begun the funeral. With no embalming the burial must take place within hours - before nightfall. The professional mourners were wailing. The flute players were playing their minor key dirges, but Jesus brought an entirely different perspective to the funeral. "She is not dead but asleep."

Jesus defined death for us. "She's not dead but asleep." To man it's dead. To God it's asleep. No matter if you're a Christ follower, or not, one day you will be woke up (Joh 5:28-29) by his voice to live in eternal life or eternal hell. They laughed at Jesus as do some today concerning the afterlife. Be careful at what you laugh. You won't have the last laugh.

Luke 9:54-56 But he took her by the hand and SAID, "MY CHILD, GET UP!" Her SPIRIT RETURNED, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.

The word "said" is "called" in KJV - phoneo {fo-neh'-o} - of a cock, to crow; cry out, cry aloud, speak with a loud voice; call by a name. We've talked about this often. Jesus is the one crowing, not the ones laughing. Jesus spoke loudly. As I constantly talk about, speak life to things. Jesus did. We can too. I think we miss so much here. Speak life to your marriage. Speak life to your finances. Speak life to your health, family, and occupation. Speak loudly. Crow! Tell it to "Get up!"

The twelve-year-old came alive. Who's laughing now? No rehabilitation. She set up and stood up. Jesus said feed her. Who knows how long it was since she ate. This was no aberration. Aberrations don't eat. This wasn't a figment of their imagination. This wasn't some magic trick. Feed your living daughter.

Luke 8:56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them NOT TO TELL ANYONE WHAT HAD HAPPENED.

It's not explained why Jesus said this. My thought is, "Do What!??" They were "astonished" [ya think?] - existemi {ex-is'-tay-mee}- to be out of one's mind, besides one's self, insane. It's terrified amazement. But, how does one not tell anyone about this? The mourners laughed knowing she was truly dead. How could you not tell anyone what happened? She's going to walk out of that room shortly! Here's what I think Jesus meant.

Matthew 9:26 News of this spread through all that region.

They didn't need to tell anyone. Later, they would need to answer questions, but, for now, the house is cleared. Spend some time with your daughter. Think about what just happened. Take some time to process God's goodness, God's power, and God's love. Don't allow the curious crowd to rob you of your "moment of impact." Take time. Thank God. Isn't that what we don't do often times? We don't take time to reflect and thank God for what he did. As horrible as horrible times are, they show us how astonishing our God is. Take time with God.

Jesus works out our hopeless times individually and very differently. Jairus came publicly, but Jesus said keep what God did a secret. The bleeding woman came secretly, but God asked her for a public testimony. We all come differently, but just come. When God gives you his "moment of impact" take time to reflect and thank God.

Jesus is an assessable and personal Lord and Savior. How he deals with you and what he instructs you is always totally different than how he deals with me, or anyone else. However, one thing is constant in all. The only hope for hopelessness is Christ Jesus.

Are you in some hopeless situation today? Allow Jesus to hug you. Do you know someone in a hopeless situation? With some people you stop the parade and talk about God publicly. With others, be quiet, as they witness walk out of the house what they KNEW was dead, but is now ALIVE because of Jesus. Sadly, or happily, there will always be another "moment of impact" - another collision. Are you ready for it?

 


 

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