That Good Doctor, part twenty-nine

As we continue to study the book of Luke, I want to look at a great reminder we get from Jesus. We’re still in chapter 8 here, and Jesus has been approached about a very sick twelve year old girl. He travels with the girl’s dad, but they get stopped by a messenger who has some very bad news. The girl has died.

Luke 8:49 While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

There’s already a powerful lesson here, but I want to get to one more verse before I point it out. Jesus, doing that thing he does so well where he goes against all human logic, is undeterred by news of the young girl’s death. He was asked to come heal her, and there’s no need for healing now, yet on walks Jesus. They continue on to the house where the girl is dead, and when they get there Jesus and a few other people go inside. Here’s what they encounter.

Luke 8:52  The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

If you’ve been following this long study of the book of Luke, then you might remember a few weeks ago when we talked about the gift of having a second perspective. We can look at situations from a natural viewpoint (there is a storm and the waves are getting higher and our boat is taking on water and we’re going to die) or from a supernatural viewpoint (Jesus is on our boat and he’s the son of God so there’s no way the boat will sink). In a way, we’re dealing with the same subject matter here in these verses. From a natural viewpoint, the people in the house had every reason to weep and wail. This precious twelve year old girl has died. But Jesus doesn’t operate from a natural viewpoint, does he? He walked in and saw them crying and told them to stop, because it’s absurd to cry over someone who’s perfectly fine.

Jesus walked in the house and said stop crying, the final chapter hasn’t been written yet. It may look bleak, but until God almighty says so, then no situation is out of reach or unsalvageable. No matter what it looks like to us in the natural. We have to start winning the battle against pessimism, against criticism, against fatalism. Has Jesus returned yet and raptured the church off the earth? No? Well then there is still time to do great works here and see great miracles and experience great joy. I know a lot of situations that when viewed from a natural standpoint look pretty dire. But God gets the final word, and He hasn’t wiped the slate clean and moved us all on to our next phases of existence yet, and that means that hope yet lives.

Go back to verse 49 with me for a moment.

Luke 8:49 While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

Look at that last sentence. “There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” If only this messenger had fully understood who Jesus is, then he would never have said these words. The situation in front of him looked impossible. The young girl was dead, there was no need to bring Jesus into it now. And yet, that’s the exact moment when we need to turn to Jesus. When every natural remedy has been exhausted, when all human hope is lost, that is the exact time to “trouble the teacher”. He cares about our situations, the big ones and the small ones, and he hungers to spend time with us in prayer and to hear and respond to our requests.

My challenge for you today is to search your heart for situations that you’ve given up on. The things in your life that you decided not to “trouble the Teacher” with. And I want to challenge you to start taking these things to God in prayer. After all, look at what happened when Jesus stepped into this impossible situation where the twelve year old girl had already died.

Luke 8:54-55 Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My child, get up!” 55 And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.

The miracle solution to your “impossible” situation very well might be right on the other side of “troubling the teacher”.
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That’s it for today. I’ve really been reminded the past few days about the importance and beauty of the Bible. It’s so amazing to me to be able to share my own Bible study with each of you, but I encourage you to pursue your own studies, as well. There is no substitute for the miracle working power of direct contact with God’s word. I love all of you!

If you’ve got a prayer request or just need to talk, my email is always open to you at freejenkins@gmail.com

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