What Jesus Did! 'Waiting for Jesus' — Luke 8:40-42

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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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.
— Luke 8:40-42 NLT
Illustration of Luke 8:40-42 NLT — When Jesus went back to Galilee, the people welcomed him.

Key Thought

If the folks on the other side of the lake were afraid of Jesus (the final reaction of the pig herders in the previous story), on the Capernaum side they were waiting for him. The 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 heal her. However, Jesus was mobbed by the crowds. On the other side of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus had faced demonic opposition and misunderstanding that led to rejection. On this side, he faced the problems of popularity and acceptance that were based upon misunderstanding. In many ways, these stories are opposites. Even the final command in each story is an opposite. However, these stories represent the wide ranging styles of attack that Satan will use to try to ruin the work of God. Jesus, however, ensures that God's work is done no matter the circumstance.

Today's Prayer

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 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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.