What Jesus Did! 'The Hard Moment of Trust' — Luke 8:49-50

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

While Jesus was still speaking, a person came from the house of the synagogue leader (Jairus) and said, "Your daughter has died! Don't bother the teacher (Jesus) now." Jesus heard this. He said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid! Just believe and your daughter will be well."
— Luke 8:49-50
Illustration of Luke 8:49-50 — "Your daughter has died! Don't bother the teacher (Jesus) now."   ——   "Don't be afraid! Just believe and your daughter will be well."

Key Thought

For nearly all of us, there will come a time of crisis when everything we hold dear appears to be lost. Faith may never have been hard for us in the past, but this will be the moment of truth. Will our faith hold? Is what we believe true? Can we trust Jesus in our crisis, even when we can't see a positive outcome? When all seems lost and everyone else has doubts, it is in this kind of moment that Jesus comes to us and says, "Don't be afraid. Just trust me!"

Today's Prayer

Holy God, the LORD Almighty, please help my faith hold firm in the worst of times and keep me pure and undistracted in the best of times. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

When Jesus went back to Galilee, the people welcomed him. Everyone was waiting for him. A man named Jairus came to Jesus. Jairus was a leader of the synagogue. Jairus had only one daughter. She was twelve years old, and she was dying. So Jairus bowed down at the feet of Jesus and begged him to come to his house. While Jesus was going {to Jairus' house}, the people came all around him. A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had spent all her money on doctors, but no doctor was able to heal her. The woman came behind Jesus and touched the bottom of his coat. At that moment, her bleeding stopped. Then Jesus said, "Who touched me?" All the people said they had not touched Jesus. Peter said, "Master, the people are all around you and are pushing against you." But Jesus said, "Someone touched me! I felt power go out from me." When the woman saw that she could not hide, she came forward, shaking. She bowed down before Jesus. While all the people listened, she told why she touched Jesus. Then she said that she was healed immediately when she touched him. Jesus said to her, "My daughter, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace." While Jesus was still speaking, a person came from the house of the synagogue leader (Jairus) and said, "Your daughter has died! Don't bother the teacher (Jesus) now." Jesus heard this. He said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid! Just believe and your daughter will be well." Jesus went to the house. Jesus let only Peter, John, James, and the girl's father and mother go inside with him. Jesus did not let any other person go inside. All the people were crying and feeling sad because the girl was dead. But Jesus said, "Don't cry. She is not dead; she is only sleeping." The people laughed at Jesus, because they knew that the girl was dead. But Jesus held her hand and called to her, "Little girl, stand up!" Her spirit came back into her and she stood up immediately. Jesus said, "Give her something to eat." The girl's parentswere amazed. Jesus told them not to tell any person about what happened.

Luke 8:40-56

Related Scripture Readings

So the followers brought the boy to Jesus. When the {evil} spirit saw Jesus, the spirit attacked the boy. The boy fell down and rolled on the ground. He was foaming from his mouth. Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has this been happening to the boy?" The father answered, "Since he was very young. The spirit often throws him into a fire or into water to kill him. If you can do anything for him, please have pity on us and help us." Jesus said to the father, "You said, 'Help him if you can.' All things are possible for the person that believes." The father became very excited. He said, "I do believe. Help me to believe more!"

Mark 9:20-24

That evening Jesus' followers went down to the lake (Lake Galilee). It was dark now and Jesus had not yet come back to them. The followers got into a boat and started going across the lake to Capernaum. The wind was blowing very hard. The waves on the lake were becoming bigger. They rowed the boat about three or four miles. Then they saw Jesus. He was walking on the water. He was coming to the boat. The followers were afraid. But Jesus said to them, "Don't be afraid. It's me." After Jesus said this, the followers were happy to take Jesus into the boat. Then the boat came to land at the place where they wanted to go. The next day came. Some people had stayed on the other side of the lake. These people knew that Jesus did not go with his followers in the boat. The people knew that Jesus' followers had left in the boat alone. And they knew that it was the only boat that was there. But then some boats from Tiberias came. The boats landed near the place where the people had eaten {the day before}. This was where they had eaten the bread after the Lord (Jesus) gave thanks. The people saw that Jesus and his followers were not there now. So the people got into the boats and went to Capernaum. They wanted to find Jesus.

John 6:16-24

So don't always think about what you will eat or what you will drink. Don't worry about it. All the people that don't know God try to get those things. Your Father (God) knows that you need those things. The thing you should want is God's kingdom. Then all these other things you need will be given to you. "Don't fear, little flock (group). Your Father (God) wants to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:29-32

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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