In my quiet time and meditation today, many things stood out to me. Recently, God’s Spirit is leading me to write again. It’s been a long time since I have written consistently for the God and You blog.
I guess, since I merged it here in my personal blog, I wrote much less on my meditations and realizations from God’s Word. In the hustle and bustle of life, God’s voice can surely be drowned.
One of the strategies of Satan is surely putting too much noise and hurry on our priorities even if these things won’t matter after we die. We are trading the finite for the eternal. Not a very good trade to be honest.
And yet we are stuck in the rat race of the Spiritual realm.
Today I was reading Luke chapter 8 and there is a part there that amazed me today. Verses 49 – 55.
49 While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.”
50 But when Jesus heard this, He responded to him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well.”
51 When He came to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him except Peter, John, and James, and the girl’s father and mother.
52 Now they were all weeping and mourning for her; but He said, “Stop weeping, for she has not died, but is asleep.”
53 And they began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died.
54 He, however, took her by the hand and spoke forcefully, saying, “Child, arise!”
55 And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately; and He ordered that something be given her to eat.
In this short story we see Jesus making His way to the home of a synagogue official, Jairus (We know his name because it is written in Mark5:22) to heal his sick and dying daughter. Probably a deacon or a high ranking officer in their synagogue because he was important enough for Jesus to make the time to travel there.
And yet before they can reach the house, someone reported to them from the house of the synagogue official that the daughter has died.
At this point, the synagogue official probably felt and thought that all hope was lost and he was deeply grieved and dismayed. He must have felt a big part of his strength and spirit leaving him.
And because of this, Jesus encouraged him and the first thing that Jesus says is ‘do not be afraid’. This is because when something we never want to happen to us occurs, we usually first feel the fear become true. Our worst nightmare becoming reality.
Then Jesus says something amazing: ‘only believe and she will be made well.’ – believe in who? In Jesus.
In what? That He can resurrect her back to life.
At what point? That she will be made well.
Then they went into the house with Jesus’ three disciples who we know is His inner circle and Jairus and his wife.
The friends and relatives were there and they were weeping and mourning for the loss of this only child. She is confirmed dead. There is no life in her. She has not been breathing for a while. Her brain has lost all oxygen – at this point, even if she got resurrected she is supposedly going to be in a coma. A vegetable of a body.
Even the best tech we have today could not reset her back to good health in an instant at this point.
Jesus then says to them to stop weeping for her because she is NOT DEAD but is merely ASLEEP. And it is here we see that people who are pronounced DEAD by our world is merely ASLEEP in the Kingdom of God. In the eternal. In the infinite timeline.
So it really does not come as a surprise that the people who KNOW she is, in fact, 100% dead LAUGHED at Jesus. How can there be room for faith and life and resurrection when you just KNOW for CERTAIN that this person is literally dead? And has been dead for quite some time now.
But here’s the thing – Jesus took the dead girl’s hand and spoke to her with such authority that the writer, Luke, describes it as ‘forcefully’. Which means he spoke in such a vigorous and assertive manner that leaves no room for doubt. It is a command from the highest rank – a King!
And the young girl’s SPIRIT RETURNED.
You see, we are all spirit. At the end of time, everything in this world we know will burn. And only our spirits will remain. God controls our spirit and the spiritual realm. It’s the truth – this is the end we will all belong to.
When we die, our spirit goes back to God.
“then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.” – Ecclesiastes 12:7
It is his prerogative if he wants to give it back so that our bodies will be resurrected.
This entire meditation reminded me that nothing is impossible with God. And He can do great things and miracles in our lives if we do not fear and believe in Him.
I hope that this has encouraged you today especially if you are facing a nightmare come true such as the synagogue official, Jairus.
God bless you!