“And on the other side of the lake, the crowds welcomed Jesus, because they had been waiting for Him. Then a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with Him to come home with him. His only daughter, who was twelve years old, was dying. As Jesus went with him, He was surrounded by crowds. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with a constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of His robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. Who touched Me?” Jesus said. Everyone denied it. Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against You.” But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched Me, for I felt the healing power go out from Me.” Then the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, and she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of Him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched Him and that she had been immediately healed. “Daughter,” Jesus said, “Your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” While He was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the teacher now.” When Jesus heard what had happened, He said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.” When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in with Him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and mother. The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but He said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died. Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My child, get up!” And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.”
Father God, I pray right now, for Your word is true, it is pure, it is gentle, and it is piercing. It is everything we need it to be and more. It is abundant, it is blessing, it is increasing in our lives. Spirit of God, I ask you right now to open up every heart and mind, that they can experience the Nation of God in their life. The God Nation of the Kingdom of God, ruling their hearts and their minds. And they can find salvation to be glorious and true and rich and true. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
The message I want to talk to you about is “Don’t bother Jesus, Your dream is dead.” It’s an interesting concept. We don’t talk a lot about dreaming and futures in the House of God. It is kind of strange because when you come to Christ, your entire future does change. But I know for sure there’s a lot of people that walk our streets and live in our neighborhoods, and many of us in here that at one time or another felt something–we had a dream, an imagination, a thought of what was going to happen. And quite often, life has this amazing ability to kill off our dream. Life has this incredible vice grip type of tension that seems to squeeze us and squeeze us and before you know it, we have now settled for something completely different than what we imagined. And I’m not saying everything that we imagine was always good. But there’s a lot of dreams in the people of God that have seemed to die before they have ever lived.
Jesus wasn’t where everybody wanted him to be. Before verse 40, Jesus had left that shore and had gone across the lake, and was dealing with the demon-possessed man in the tomb of the Gadarenes. And while this crowd was lined up on the shore and there was a man of God pacing and waiting for the Son of God to come back, Jesus was on the other side of the lake. And He was with a crazy man that was out of his mind that they used to chain up. He went around graveyards and acted completely insane and he was full of the devil. And they couldn’t restrain him and he would cut himself and he caused terror all around the region. And He’s over speaking in the name of Jesus to him and demons are coming out of him by the dozens–they call them legions, there were entire armies of demons that were living inside of him. And they all ran into a herd of 4,000 pigs. It was the ultimate swine fest. Who needs Lollapalooza when you have a swine fest of 4,000 possessed pigs? And they went nuts and ran off the cliff and into the water and drowned themselves.
But here is Jesus, and from my perspective it seems like He was a lot more needed on the other side of the lake where the people were waiting for him, but He wasn’t there. And I’m not against the demon-possessed man but he wasn’t hurting anyone. Yet here was the leader of the synagogue who’s twelve-year-old daughter was sick. And He crosses over and he does God’s work on the other side of the lake.
Does it seem like everybody gets to where they’re going except you? When is your time? When is your ship going to come in? When is that man or woman going to walk into your path and it’s your time to walk down the aisle? When are you going to get that promotion? When are people going to notice you? Have you ever felt like that, like you’re waiting and waiting and waiting but nothing seems to be happening?
Jesus has freed a man of demons and caused 4,000 pigs to kill themselves, and there’s a man on the shore waiting for Him to come back because his only daughter doesn’t have much time to live.
And finally Jesus crosses over and Jairus runs to Him and falls on his knees and tells Him his story and pleads with him to do something, and he compels Christ with his pleading and his faith to come to his house and pray for his daughter.
Finally Jesus says, “Yes, I will go with you.” And they walk together towards the house and there are hundreds of people lined up, and Jairus is pointing the way as though Jesus didn’t know where Jairus’ house was. And all of a sudden in the middle of their progress, Jesus stops and he turns and looks around. And you can imagine Jairus looking at him like, “What? What’s going on? What’s the matter?”
And Jesus says, “Who touched me?” And Peter says, “What do you mean who touched you? Are you out of your mind? There’s hundreds of people pressed up against you! Which one isn’t touching you? Let’s start with that, who’s not touching Jesus, raise your hand.”
I can’t imagine the panic that sets in to him again as he watches the Son of God, the only hope for his only daughter. And he’s stopping and looking through hundreds of people saying, “Who touched me?” I can imagine him trying to urge Jesus on because he doesn’t understand. Sure he’s glad somebody got healed but this isn’t his daughter, this isn’t his moment and he has a dying child he’s trying to save.
But Jesus stops and decides to have a conversation. And finally the woman realizes she has to say something and she falls down and says, “I touched you, I did it, it was me, I reached through and got a finger on the hem of your garment.” This isn’t going in Jairus’ favor. He had Jesus’ undivided attention, it was going is way, things were going his way, but then the messenger says, “Don’t bother Jesus, your dream is dead.”
Isn’t it funny that Jesus took this opportune time to heal somebody else. How many times does it seem like you’ve been praying and hoping and believing for something and then you see the person beside you get it?
Can we be honest? I’ve been doing this a long time, and I’ve celebrated a lot of the victories that other people have had. But I’m not saying it’s always easy. I’m not saying there’s not times that I’ve said, “That’s great for them, but just a little bit my way would help.” When I’ve been jealous and thought, “I need to figure out what book they’re reading. I need to know which direction they’re praying because maybe I’m off by a few degrees.”
I can imagine being Jairus and hearing the news and breaking and crying and feeling the pain. But then Jesus looks at him and says, “Jairus, have faith. She will be healed. Don’t be afraid to bother Jesus. Your dream will live. I’m about to go lift her up and she’s going to be greater than she ever was.” So Jesus moves on and enters the house and the mourners are there wailing and crying and he tells them to stop. He tells them to leave.
And I’ve got news for you. There’s times that the Son of God will show up and say, “Stop, shut up, and get out.” And there’s times for you and I to look around and see things screaming for our attention and mocking us and ridiculing us and tearing us down, and it’s alright to say, “Stop, shut up, and get out.Jesus understood that that little girl was going to live. She was only twelve years in and she had a lot more years to go, but there were people in that house that weren’t going to let her live. They wanted her dead, they were a paid gig, they were on the job. Their job was to mourn and wail and carry on and make a scene. But Jesus wasn’t interested in hearing about the death because she was asleep and he was gonna go wake her up. But when he tells them to leave, they laugh at him. Because it’s the nature of Satan to laugh at you and mock you and ridicule you when Jesus shows up on the scene and has something to bring to life.
But Jesus pushed them out. He had a mission, and I’m telling you Jesus is here right now and he’s going to push some things out of your house that are on a destructive pattern in your life. He’s on a mission to bring a dream back into your heart and your mind, and let it live.