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 about twelve years old, was dying. As Jesus went with him, he was surrounded by the crowds.
— Luke 8:40-42 NLT
Jesus was on the east side of the Sea of Galilee when he cast the demons out of the man and into the pigs. The folks there were afraid of Jesus and asked him to leave (Luke 8:37), but other people were waiting for him on the west (Galilee) side. These crowds longed to be with Jesus because they expected him to work miracles for them. One man, an important man in the community, was particularly anxious for Jesus' return. His only daughter was very ill, and he wanted Jesus to come and heal her. However, Jesus was mobbed by the crowds. On the east side of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus had faced demonic opposition and misunderstanding that led to rejection. On the Galilee side, he faced the problems of popularity and acceptance that were based on a different kind of misunderstanding. In many ways, these stories are opposites. Even the final command in each story is opposite to the other one. These stories represent the wide-ranging styles of attack that Satan uses to try to ruin the work of God. Jesus, however, ensured that God's work was done no matter the circumstance.
Give me faith, O God, that you will work in all of my life's situations for your glory and my good. I believe you can help me overcome any obstacle, problem, or temptation that Satan throws my way. Please show your victory in my life. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Romans 8:28-30
- Philippians 1:6; 2:13
- Jude 24-25
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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