Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 26, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 26, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"While he was still speaking, there came from the
ruler's house some who said, 'Your daughter is dead.
Why trouble the Teacher any further?' But ignoring
what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the
synagogue, 'Do not fear, only believe.'"
It is every parent's worse nightmare, to lose a
child through death. Parents should not outlive
their children, parents should not bury them.
Jairus had experienced such high hopes when Jesus
had earlier agreed to accompany him to his home.
The synagogue ruler had hoped against hope that
they would arrive in time for a miracle. Now it
was too late. Crushed in spirit and teary eyed,
he listened to his advisors who suggested he not
bother Jesus any longer.
Jesus seemed to read Jairus' chaotic and grief
stricken thoughts. He quietly ignored the advice
of Jairus' servants and spoke with holy boldness,
"Do not be afraid, Jairus, just believe."
Jairus was heartbroken. How could this be
happening? Jairus was one of the few religious
Jewish leaders open to the teachings of Jesus.
What was Jairus, or anybody, for that matter,
supposed to believe? Was he to believe that
Jesus would perform his greatest miracle yet
and bring his cherished daughter back from the
dead? This was humanly impossible.
Or was it divinely possible? In the midst of
this grieving father's broken heart, a faint
glimmer of hope refused to be extinguished.
All he had to do was just believe without
fear, that Jesus would do something remarkable
and supernatural. Jairus had just seen with
his own eyes how Jesus had miraculously healed
a chronically ill woman. He comforted himself
with the memory of Jesus' earlier promise to
come to his house and heal his beloved daughter.
Obviously, Jesus was a wonder worker with
amazing powers to cure the sick. But could
this remarkable healer overcome death itself?
It seemed too much to believe yet hope grew with
every step towards his home. This concerned father
did not know what Jesus was going to do, but he
obeyed the best he could while trying to control
his fear. Jairus placed his trust and confidence
in the remarkable Healer, while fervently praying
for a miracle. He knew Jesus possessed remarkable
powers that could only come from God.
Faith does not occur in a vacuum. Although we know
very little about Jairus, we do know he was a ruler
in a synagogue. He was well acquainted with theology
and the Jewish hope for a future coming Messiah.
Could Jesus be the long awaited Messiah? Being
steeped in the Jewish scriptures since birth, Jairus
was familiar with the encouraging words from the
psalmists and prophets from so long ago. During
the long walk back to his home, it is possible that
he was even comforting himself by reciting sacred
words he had memorized from childhood. "Even though
I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and
your staff, they comfort me" (Psalm 23:4). "The
Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all
faces; [God] will remove the disgrace of [God's]
people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken"
By using our holy imaginations, we become part of
these sacred stories. If you were Jairus, what
would you be hoping and praying for? Would you
be afraid or could you place your full confidence
and trust in this remarkable Healer, named Jesus?
In your own life faith journey, has faith in Jesus
empowered you to overcome fear in the face of
overwhelming troubles? Can you, with Jairus,
Oh God, help our unbelief. Give us faith and
courage to overcome the fears we face in our
Grace and peace,
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