Did you ever wonder about certain people in the Bible?
Recently, I found myself pondering Jairus in Luke 8:40-56. I am not a theologian or deep-thinking biblical scholar. I’m simply sharing what came to mind while meditating on this scripture: Jairus is a man of strong faith.
Think about it. Here is a leader of the synagogue, a position of stature and authority. His daughter is dying and he turns to Jesus, an iterant preacher with a following of the rabble, a man opposed by the Jewish leadership. Jairus not only turns to Jesus, he goes himself, risking censure and the loss of his position. He doesn’t send a servant with a secret message. He boldly steps out and falls at Jesus feet—in public—and pleads with him to come heal his daughter. And Jesus agrees to go.
But wait. There’s an interruption. The woman with the issue of blood worms her way through the crowd and touches Jesus’ cloak and is immediately healed. Jesus stops to deal with this. And she proceeds to tell him about her condition. All the doctors, all the treatments that exhausted her finances. I can picture this woman. This isn’t a Polaroid snapshot description of her travails. She tells him every stinking detail of what she experienced. And she had this condition for twelve years. Think an annotated edition of Lord of the Rings.
And what does Jairus do? He stands there, not saying a word, waiting on Jesus. What faith.
He’s a leader of the synagogue, he knows who this woman is. He could have her arrested for violating Jewish law. But he stands quietly and lets her talk. I put myself in his place and I imagine her droning on and on. My patience is draining away as she rambles. I just want her to shut up. My daughter is dying, for crying out loud.
I think he waits quietly because he dare not disrupt the anointing power that is working through Jesus. His faith in that anointing and in Jesus keeps him still and patient.
Then the news comes that his daughter is dead. Before he can say anything, Jesus says to him, “Fear not. Have faith. She will be healed.” Stand on your faith, Jairus. Don’t be afraid. Don’t speak words of doubt or impatience. Believe in Me and your daughter will be healed.
To me, Jairus is a faith hero. He stated his belief that Jesus would heal his daughter and didn’t budge, no matter what.
Who are your faith heroes in the Bible?