The faith of Jairus (Matthew 9:18-26)

Jairus was an unusual person because he was a Jewish ruler who believed in Jesus. We are not told how he came to faith in Jesus. Instead we are told how he showed his faith in Jesus in a particular way. He may have followed the crowds who were listening to Jesus.
No doubt, Jairus had seen Jesus perform miracles. He may have heard that Jesus had raised the son of the widow in Nain from the dead (Luke places the incident in Nain as prior to this one). Jairus, as the synagogue ruler, would have known that a long time previously Elijah and Elisha had raised people from the dead. And since he believed that Jesus was the Messiah, he would have believed that Jesus could do greater actions than mere prophets. So I think it is safe to say that the faith of Jairus was deduced from what the Scriptures said about the Messiah.
In addition, we can see from the posture that Jairus adopted that he was willing to acknowledge in a public way that Jesus was great. The synagogue ruler bowed before Jesus and requested his help. Perhaps some would have concluded that the trouble he was in had caused him to lose all awareness of reality and caused him to do what he would not normally do. That would be a risk that Jairus would have to face, but the misinterpretation of others is not a reason to refrain from asking Jesus for help.
Matthew does not say if the death of the daughter of Jairus was the result of a long-term illness or if it was sudden. If it was long-term, it is surprising that he waited until she was nearly dead before he contacted Jesus. The one detail that is certain is that it would be a devastating experience for Jairus and his family. Still, Matthew wants us to note that Jairus’ faith in Jesus was not hindered by devastating experiences. No doubt, there would have been much that he did not understand about this turn of events, yet he still came to Jesus with the situation. And in this, he is an example to us not to let the darkness of a situation diminish our views of Jesus.
Moreover, the faith of Jairus was not hindered by delays in him getting an answer to his urgent request. He realised that he was not in control of the situation. Fretting about the delay would not have changed the circumstances. It would have been easy for the devil or onlookers to suggest to Jairus that the delay connected to the unknown woman indicated that Jesus did not regard Jairus’ case as a priority. Jairus still wanted Jesus to come and help. 

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