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Impossible situations

A poor woman kneeling, begging for moneyHave you ever been so desperate, in an impossible situation, that you would literally have done anything to put the situation right?
Perhaps you were even willing to push aside your pride.

Jairus was one of the synagogue rulers.
Many of these religious leaders would have been proud of their titles, their position in society, and proud of their religious knowledge.
But Jairus was willing to humble himself in front of this huge crowd by kneeling before Jesus.

Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there.
Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”
So Jesus went with him.”
Mark 5:22-24

A rich Jewish man.Would he have done such a thing, UNLESS he was desperate?
His daughter was dying!
He suddenly didn’t care about having a self sufficient air about him.
Jairus was desperate, he just didn’t mind what people would think of him.

He saw Jesus as having the power, and compassion to help him.
I expect he saw himself as being weak and inferior in this situation.

What about us? How do we view Jesus?
Do we see Him as being powerful and able?
How little a thing, or how big a thing, does it take to get us on our knees?

Jairus’ posture of kneeling at Jesus’ feet, is an excellent heart attitude for us to constantly be in.
In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus said:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

The word ‘poor’ in this verse doesn’t mean, just short of money. It’s a beggar crouching on a filthy pavement.
So another translation could be;

Happy are those who are like a beggar in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Being inwardly a spiritual beggar, is realising that we rely on God’s generosity to give us things.
We’ve got empty hands, and an empty heart, UNLESS God provides for us.
In this place we realise, that we are totally vulnerable, and powerless, without the Lord in our lives.
Jesus was saying that to have a beggars heart, is the starting place for God to move in our lives.

Jairus begged. He was not ashamed to approach Jesus.
He gave Jesus honour and respect and he, HE an important ruler, lowered himself.
He even put his face to Jesus’ feet and pleaded for his daughters life.

Jesus accepted his plea, and they set off for Jairus’ home.

Continued here: Really difficult situations

Rich man image: thanks to ‘The Pictorial Dictionary’ published by The Educational Book Company, London.

Peter Reason

January 2012

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