Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus feet he besought him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying .And when he came to the house, he permitted no one to enter with him except Peter and John and James and the father and mother of the child (Luke 8: 40-56)
By Fred Durham
There is not a more heart-wrenching line in all of scripture than this: “and falling at Jesus feet he besought him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying.” We have no idea where Jesus had originally planned to go that day nor what he had intended to do. We only know that wherever and whatever had to wait, for immediately he was on his way to the father’s house and to the bedside of the little girl.
Jesus did not need to go in order to save the little girl. We know this because in Matthew 8 a Roman centurian came to him in similar distress and besought him saying, ”Lord, my servant is paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.” When Jesus offered to go to the house to heal the servant, the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy that you come under my roof; but only say the word and my servant will be healed.” To which Jesus said, ”Go, be it done for you as you have believed,” and the servant was healed at that very moment.
So why did he go this time?
To show he cared. His heart beat with love and compassion for the father, the mother and the little girl and he wanted to demonstrate it by his presence with them and for them. He did not heal her simply because he was begged and he could; he healed her because he loved her and loved her mother and father, as well.
Now, we know that the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the very heart of God. What we see in Jesus is what God wants us to know about himself. As Kathy so beautifully wrote yesterday, God has indeed visited his people in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the supreme revelation of the heart of God not only writ large in the stunning brushstrokes of salvation history, but also intimately inscribed in the heart of each one of his children, whom he dearly loves.
How beautiful to know that God loves us and wants to come to us in our need- to enter our very home, to sit by our bed, to speak to us, and to heal. How even more beautiful to realize that he so dearly wants to enter our lives that he does not wait for an invitation but comes looking for us, for is that not the meaning of Revelation 3:20?
Fred Durham is the Founder and President of Alighieri Press. He serves also as an editor, author and speaker.
Photo Credits: Walk the Same (above) and United Bible Societies