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“She will be saved”

“While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” But when Jesus heard it, Jesus&Jairus'Daughter3He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened” (Lk. 8:49-56 NKJ)

In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Jairus’ daughter was determined to be dead. So, the announcement came to the father.  Jesus had heard this news, too.

He was on his way with them to see the girl.

Before, she was dying.

Now, the news of her death must have struck a chord with the father.

Jesus was coming to help a dying girl.  Now that she was dead, there was no need, so that “someone from the ruler’s house” had thought, and the father, too, may have been encouraged by that thought, not to trouble “the Teacher anymore.”

If one calls for help and that help would seem to be useless due to circumstance, why continue to request that which is doubtful, uncertain, or considered not to be of consequence in providing the help that was first sought? Such would be a waste of time and energy.

The girl was dead.

The belief was that Jesus could no longer help, that death could not be undone, that hope of the girl’s recovery was now gone.

Jesus had something different to say.

Death does have its day. Suffering, grief, and sorrow do have their time.

Man’s unbelief and loss of hope, however, does not mean that there is none.

Going by what we see and feel is not all that there is to go on. These are weighty, to be sure. But the last word is not what we see before us, think, or determine to be so, even in the face of death.

To the truth of the girl’s death, Jesus said, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be saved” (Luke 8:50).

Such words call for faith, not faith that is either blind, unsure, doubtful, or self-derived, but faith in what Jesus literally says.

We might hear these words of our Lord and then immediately ask, “Believe in what?”, even as other places in Holy Scripture are deemed to call for faith without an object, or so many would say.

Yet, what the Lord says, the Lord Jesus Himself, is the object of faith, not what we determine to be so.

When Jesus says what He says, He’s calling for faith in what He Himself is saying.

As to the word “be well,” the translation given by the ESV and any number of other translations, Jesus literally says, “be saved.”

“Be saved” has a greater meaning than “be well.”

“Be well” has more the temporal, physical sense attached to it.

“Be saved” has the more lasting, eternal sense attached to it.

Not only would the girl be “saved” from physical death and be brought back to life. The girl would be saved unto eternity through the One who raised her from the dead, as would the father, believing Jesus’ words.

The father did believe. The group continued to the house. Jesus spoke to the child, “Arise” (Luke 8:54), and “she arose immediately” (Luke 8:55).

Such is the authority, the power, not of faith, but of Jesus, to even raise the dead from death.

According to His Word is this so, not because of our believing or our not believing, but due to His Word, which faith believes.

Thus, did Jesus rise from the dead, just as He said He would, whether there is belief in it or not.

Faith doesn’t make a thing so.

Jesus’ Word, work, death, resurrection, these do.

This is what faith believes.

According to the Word, such faith is sound and true, and leaves nothing unsure, for it is founded only on what God has given and not on human hopes and dreams. Amen.

PrayingHands&Cross1Dearest Jesus, help us hold fast to Your Word and only to Your Word. Keep us from being tempted away from You to trust something other than what you say. Give us courage during uncertainty and joy amid trouble, that we look to You for our comfort and our stay. Amen.

 

God heals…the brokenhearted

He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3, NKJ

 

In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

God helps those who help themselvesGod doesn’t leave the brokenhearted to self-mend. God doesn’t leave the wounded to self-heal. Rather, the Lord God does the healing and the mending. He binds the wounds of the brokenhearted and heals them.

Note, though, that it is the brokenhearted and the wounded that the Lord heals and binds. Those not wounded and those not brokenhearted are whole and well. It is as Jesus had said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32).

Thus, if you are neither brokenhearted or wounded, you have no need of healing and binding. If you have no sin, you have no need of forgiveness and salvation. If you aren’t sick, you don’t need a doctor or medication. If you don’t need salvation, you don’t need Jesus.

But don’t go by what you perceive or by what you think. Don’t follow your own advice or your own self-diagnosis. If you do, you will be woefully wrong.

Jesus says, “Judge with righteous judgment (John 7:24). Determine how things are with you according to the Word of our Lord, who teaches that, “Whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:19-20).

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According to the Law of God (The Ten Commandments), you are not as God would have you be (i.e. Matthew 5:21-42; Romans 7; etc.). You are not as God commands you to be. And this is not because you don’t try. It is because you offend the Holy God by your transgressions. Though you may minimize your shortcomings before God, He certainly does not.

It is for this very reason that God the Father sent His only begotten Son (John 3:16), to save you from your sin, which is not little at all, for if it is, then Jesus is only a little Savior.

Thus does St. Paul write, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Romans 5:8-10).

Even while we were sinners, Paul says, Christ died for us. He also states that even while we were enemies of God, we were reconciled to Him through the death of Jesus. This means that your justification before and your reconciliation with God is in no way dependent upon you (nor your decision or choice, for such you cannot make, Ephesians 2:1-2, 5). Rather, these are founded alone in Christ. Faith simply takes hold of what God has already declared and says, “Amen,” to what God has made known.

3CrossesYou don’t make yourself acceptable to God. So also, you don’t make yourself healthy and you don’t bind your own wounds. God does these, through His Son. He speaks to you His Word, and you stand forgiven. He absolves you of your sins, and you are absolved. He declares you righteous before Him, and so you are. He declares you whole and well, and so you are. All in Christ.

Take hold of Christ, therefore, and believe the Word of the Lord to you. As He calls you a sinner, don’t deny, but confess the Lord to know more than you (Psalm 19:12). As He says, “Believe,” don’t deny or reject as the godless and unbelievers do, but believe, according to His Word, that it is just as He says. As God speaks forgiveness to you in Christ, and justification, and reconciliation through Him who shed His holy blood, entrust yourself to these blessed words and our Lord who, in His mercy, raises you from the dead and gives you everlasting life. Doubt yourself, yes, but not God, who alone is faithful and true!

If you are brokenhearted because of your sin, and fear that the Lord’s kindness is not to you, cast away such thoughts, for it is to you that God speaks and heals with His kind and compassionate words. If you are wounded because of your own transgressions or those of others, and doubt the Lord’s care and keeping, forsake such thoughts and cling to Christ, who through His wounds not only cleanses you, but heals the scars and ensures you everlasting peace with God.

If you neither feel your sin, be brokenhearted, or recognize the extent of your troubles before God, trust what the Lord says. “There is a time for everything under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Times of overcast and clouds, as well as rain and troubles, even if they be minor, will come, as also, by God’s grace, times of sunshine and warmth. Circumstances vary in life, as you know, but God does not change, nor do His promises in Christ. Amen.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to believe your Word and promises, even if I don’t feel my sin and my need for you. Take care of me and keep me from doubting what you say. Give me firm faith in You that in any and all circumstances, I repent of my sin and entrust myself to You, my Great Physician and healer of body and soul. Amen.

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