Luke 8:41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:
Lu 8:42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
Lu 8:49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.
Lu 8:50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
Lu 8:51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.
Lu 8:52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.
Lu 8:53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.
Lu 8:54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.
Lu 8:55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.
Lu 8:56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.
We find a man here, a dad, whose daughter is sick, very sick. The text says "dying". And he comes to Jesus for help.
When I read this, I thought of the story Norvel Hayes told about his daughter Zona. She wasn't dying physically, but she was in a terrible condition spiritually. She was out partying at night clubs, coming in late, and living a very dangerous lifestyle. Norvel just kept praying for her.
One night as she got in her bed an angel of the Lord appeared unto her and caused her bed to go down, down, down. He let her look into her future, so to speak, and woke her up to her danger, when she wouldn't listen to her dad or anyone else.
Dad's prayer caught up with her.
I also thought of a good friend of mine, years ago, whose son was down in Florida mixed up in drug trafficing in a terrible mess. My friend told of sitting in his bed one night wiping away tears and crying out to God for his son. He prayed in earnest and called upon the God of covenant. To make a long story short, his son got saved and became a pastor of a church.
None of our families are exempt from attack.
The Scripture tells us that this man, Jairus, is the ruler of the synagogue, kind of like a pastor. He oversees the operation of the local church, arranges services, and decides who gets to speak or read. That means he is well known. He has a position, a reputation. He has respect.
But he also has a sick daughter and he is ready to put all else on the line to find help for his child, because that's what a dad will do.
I like this dad. He is not ashamed to come to Jesus for the help his family needs. He didn't come to Jesus under the darkness of night like Nicodemus. He came in the light in front of the crowd, fell down at Jesus' feet, and sought the Lord's help.
I wish that today more dads would seek Jesus; that more dads would ask Jesus into their homes.
This little girl has a dad who is unashamed to seek the Lord.
A startling piece of research came my way from the Christian Business Committee. They have found that when both parents are believers that 75% of the children become active believers. Take the dad out of the equation and it drops to 15%. 85% of the young people in jail for violent crimes come from a fatherless home.
I like this dad. He puts his pride behind him where his family is concerned. He is a spiritual leader. He didn't send his wife, some other child, or a servant with a note. He went himself. He took the priestly responsibility for his family.
Our nation is in a mess because too many dads went out seeking big bass or golf balls on Sunday morning instead of taking their family to church.
Thank God for you dad's here today who not only sought Jesus, but you brought Him into your home. You are making a difference in this generation and the generation to come. Your kids may think you're old fashioned. They may think you're out of touch. They may even be a little ashamed of you in front of their friends, but listen, they think that anyway.
I kind of wonder if this little girl didn't think her dad was a little out of touch at times too. It's tough when your dad is the local preacher. But before this day is over she is going to be glad that her daddy knew who Jesus was. And one of your kids will be glad you do too.
Let's move to the next part in verses 49-56.
When you seek Jesus, don't be surprised when the devil shows up too and says, "Don't trouble the Master. It's hopeless."
How many times have we heard that voice?
"They will never change."
When Jesus said that Satan comes immediately to steal the Word, He wasn't kidding.
Listen dads and moms, he'll try to do the same with you. He will try to fill you with doubt.
In Mark's account, Mark 5:35, it says, "Why troublest the Master any further?"
Dads and moms the devil would like for you to give up.
Look at what Jesus said to Jairus. "Fear not. Believe only. Don't be afraid. Only believe."
Only means without anything further - alone - being without a counterpart.
In other words Jesus was telling Jairus, "You have sought me, you have found me, now do this one thing: Believe and she shall be made whole."
Some of us have kids and family that we just can't seem to reach. But take courage today. Don't get into fear over them. Get into faith. Commit them to Jesus then don't be afraid. Only believe.
You see that's the only part Jairus could do and that's the only part we can do. Jairus brought Jesus into his home into a hopeless situation. The Scripture lets us know that there were those who laughed at Jesus, and no doubt thought Jairus was just a pitiful case. But all that changed when Jesus touched the little girl and spoke to her. She came out of that dead state she was in.
That's all your kids need, that's all our homes need, that's all our families need is a touch from the Master's hand.
I want to encourage all the dads and moms here to pray for your children. And even more I want to encourage you who have young children to teach your children to pray.
Don't give up. Only believe.