When Jesus had again crossed by boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him beside the sea.
Matthew 9:18 ("while he yet spake these things"). Not that Matthew means that Christ was still at table, nor that Mark's order is wrong. The feast of Matthew (Mark 2:15) is not stated by Mark to have taken place in immediate succession to the conversion, but is narrated in the second instead of the fifth chapter, because of the obvious connection of the two events. Accepting, therefore, the order of the first Gospel, we see -
I. CHRIST INTERRUPTED.
1. In his teaching. (Ver. 21; Matthew 9:18.) Yet how full of interest the subjects - eating with publicans, and fasting! How significant these breaks! How natural, in a world so full of disturbing and changing influences as this!
2. In his intended mercy. As he goes to the ruler's house the incident of the woman in the crowd takes place (vers. 25 - 34), and he is delayed. Yet the prayer of Jairus was urgent, and broken with apprehensive emotion. Only this was still more pressing, for it was
(1) actual, present, long-endured suffering and shame;
(2) a demand of faith on behalf of its own possessor (not, as in Jairus's case, for another).
II. FRAGMENTS THAT MAKE A GRANDER WHOLE. We have no time to lament the breaking off - the seeming incompleteness - ere we are astonished at the commentary which is furnished in the incidents that follow. He is the great Physician - to the ruler's daughter, the woman with the issue, and the two blind men alike; the Bringer of joy, too, to many by his healing mercies and gracious words. All need him, if they only knew it; and, participating in the blessings of his presence, they cannot mourn or fast, but must needs rejoice. And so in the case of the ruler; the delay really rewarded his faith by an actual illustration of Christ's power, and so sustained him in the higher exercise of faith. "My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live" (Matthew 9:18). This is a picture of many lives. We cannot escape interruptions. Yet are we not therefore to abandon unity of purpose. We may fail to finish all we seek to do, or to do it as we would; but God holds the connecting harmony, and will reveal it at last - or even sooner. The sermon broken off, the merciful intention delayed or frustrated, may prove greater blessings in the event than if suffered uninterruptedly to proceed to a visible or immediate completeness within themselves. The life or work divinely interrupted, but pursued with unity of faith and purpose to the end, will be a grander, more Divine thing than otherwise it could possibly have been.
1. How infinite the resources of the Saviour!
2. His teaching is inseparable from action and life. - M.
Jairus by name.Luke 7:7). But, though he does not show such strong faith, yet it is a good prayer. For it is(1) humble: he falls at Christ's feet;(2) believing: he feels Christ is omnipotent to heal;(3) bold: he offers it in face of all the people, many of whom would be shocked that a ruler of the synagogue should acknowledge Jesus;(4) loving, springing from a pure affection. Distress is a great schoolmaster. It teaches men many things; among the rest the greatest of all attainments — the power to pray.
(J. Cumming, D. D.)
I. HE HAD MUCH TO TRY HIS FAITH. One seems to see all the father in the tenderness of his words. Hope was over, — his daughter was dead. Thus is it with the believer. Instead of the relief he hoped for, all seems as death. Thus does the Lord try the faith He gives. Thus by causing us to wait for the blessing does He endear it.
II. THE EFFECT OF THIS TRIAL OF FAITH. He did not distrust the power or willingness of the compassionate Saviour. His faith takes no denial, he still continues with Jesus. Faith hopes against hope. True faith partakes of his nature who exercises it, therefore in all, it is weak at times. But it partakes also of His nature who gives it, and therefore evinces its strength in the very midst of that weakness.
III. BUT WHEREVER FOUND, IT IS GRACIOUSLY REWARDED. The scorners are without; but believing Jairus and the believing mother (ver. 40) are admitted. They see the mighty power of God put forth on behalf of their daughter. What an encouragement here to some anxious parent to put the case of their dear child in the hands of that same Jesus. How often has domestic affliction been the means of bringing the soul to the feet of Jesus. Mark the extreme tenderness of Jesus, "Fear not, only believe." Be not afraid convicted sinner. My blood is sufficient, My grace and love are sufficient.
(J. H. Evans, M. A.)I. THE PARTICULAR FORM OF THE REDEEMER'S WORK.
1. Restoration from a special form of death.
2. Here was the recognition of the value of life — "She shall live." It is not mere life on which Christianity has shed a richer value. It is by ennobling the purpose to which life is to be dedicated that it has made life more precious.
3. We consider the Saviour's direction respecting the means of effecting a complete recovery. He "commanded that something should be given her to eat." His reverential submission to the laws of nature.
II. THE SPIRIT OF THE REDEEMER'S WORK.
1. It was love. He did good because it was good.
2. It was a spirit of retiring modesty. He did not wish it to be known.
3. It was a spirit of perseverance. Calm perseverance amidst ridicule.
(F. W. Robertson.)
(J. B. Brown, B. A.)
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(Anon.)I. The ease brought before Jesus. A bodily disease as usual. No spiritual cases, though more important.
II. The persons who brought it. A ruler, etc. He had heard Christ's teaching. He had seen His miracles. No mention made, etc., till distress.
III. The character in which he came — a parent.
IV. The manner in which he came. Reverently. Earnestly. Believingly.
V. At the request of Jairus, Christ arose and accompanied him. Christ encouraged such applications — He does so still
I. CHRIST'S RESTORATIVE POWER TRANSCENDS THE ORDINARY EXPECTATIONS OF MANKIND.
II. CHRIST'S RESTORATIVE POWER IS EXERTED ON CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
1. Earnest entreaty.
2. A reverential spirit.
III. CHRIST'S RESTORATIVE POWER ACCOMPLISHES ITS OBJECT WITH THE GREATEST EASE.
IV. CHRIST'S RESTORATIVE POWER CONFOUNDS THE SCOFFING SCEPTIC WITH ITS RESULT. Scoffing infidelity is destined to be confounded. There were scoffers in the days of Noah and they were confounded when the deluge came. There were scoffers in the days of Lot, and they were confounded when the showers of fire fell. There are scoffers now, and when they shall see Him "coming in His glory with all His holy angels," these atheists, deists, and materialists, will be utterly confounded.
(David Thomas, D. D.)sleep acquires a richer and mightier import than it ever possessed before. Amply has His use of the term been justified in the last hour of tens of thousands of his devout followers. They laid themselves down to die, not as those who dread the night because of the remembrance of hours when, like Job, they were "scared with dreams" and "terrified through visions," but like tired labourers, to whom night is indeed a season of peaceful refreshment. And how imperceptibly they sank into their last slumber! Their transition was so mild and gradual, that it was impossible for those who stood round their dying pillow to say exactly when it took place. There was no struggle, no convulsion. The angel of death spread his wide, white wings meekly over them, and then, with a smile upon their pallid countenance, serene and lovely as heaven itself, they closed their eyes on all terrestrial objects, and fell asleep in Jesus. And that sleep is as profound throughout as it was tranquil at the beginning. The happy fireside and the busy exchange — the halls of science and the houses of legislation — the oft-frequented walk and the holy temple — are nothing to them now. Suns rise and set, stars travel and glisten; but they see them not; tempests howl, thunders roll and crash; but they hear them not. Nothing can disturb those slumbers, "till the day dawn and the shadows flee away." Then will the voice of the archangel sweep over God's acre, and awake them all. Oh, wondrous awaking! what momentous consequences hang on thee!
(Edwin Davies.)I. SLEEP IS REST, or gives rest to the body: so death.
1. Rest from labour and travail.
2. Rest from trouble and opposition.
3. Rest from passion and grief.
4. Rest from sin, temptation, Satan, and the law.
II. SLEEP IS NOT PERPETUAL; we sleep and wake again; so, though the body lie in the grave, yet death is but a sleep; we shall wake again.
III. THE SLEEP OF SOME MEN DIFFERS VERY MUCH FROM THAT OF OTHERS: So the death of saints differs from that of the wicked.
1. Some men sleep before their work is done; so some die before their salvation is secured.
2. Some fall asleep in business and great distraction, others in peace.
3. Some dread the thought of dying, because of the dangers that lie beyond. But saints have no fear.
4. Some fall asleep in dangerous places, and in the midst of their enemies — on the brink of hell, surrounded by the spirits of perdition. But saints die in the view of Jesus; in the love and covenant of Jesus.
IV. A MAN THAT SLEEPS IS GENERALLY EASILY AWAKENED: So the body in death shall be much more easily awakened at the last day than the soul can now be aroused from its sleep of sin.
1. In bodily sleep men rest from the labours of mind and body. So the faithful, dying in the Lord, are said to rest from their labours (Revelation 14:13).
2. After natural sleep men are accustomed to awake again; so, after death, the bodies of the saints shall be awaked, i.e., raised up again to life out of their graves at the last flay. And as it is easy to awake one out of a natural sleep, so is it much more easy with God, by His almighty power, to raise the dead at the last day.
3. As after natural sleep the body and outward senses are more fresh and lively than before; so likewise after that the bodies of the saints, being dead, have for a time slept in their graves as in beds, they shall awake and rise again at the last day in a far more excellent state than they died in, being changed from corruption to in. corruption, from dishonour to glory, from weakness to power, from natural to spiritual bodies (1 Corinthians 15:42).
4. As in natural sleep the body only is said properly to sleep, not the soul (the powers whereof work even in sleep in some sort, though not so perfectly as when we are waking): so in death, only the bodies of the saints do die and lie down in the graves, but their souls return to God who gave them (Ecclesiastes 12:7), and they live with God even in death and alter death.
5. As sleep is sweet to those who are wearied with labour and travail (Ecclesiastes 5:12), so also death is sweet and comfortable to the faithful, being wearied and turmoiled with sin, and with the manifold miseries of this life.
(Wadsworth.)I. A good child is at home in either world, not sorry to go to the other world to get joy, and not sorry to come back to this world to give it.
II. We know not where the other world is, but it is evidently within range of the Saviour's voice. Our dear dead are therefore safe. and all their conditions ordered by the Saviour's mercy.
III. Life is indestructible by death.
IV. On a universal scale Christ will be found to be the Resurrection and the Life to all who love Him.
V. He inflicts bereavement, but sympathises with its sorrow. He relieves these mourners here, to show that He pities all mourners.
Expository Outlines.I. THE APPLICATION WHICH JESUS RECEIVED.
1. By whom it was made.
2. The favour he implied.
3. The feeling which this ruler displayed.
(1) (2) (3) II. THE READY COMPLIANCE OF OUR LORD WITH THE REQUEST MADE TO HIM. But as He went we are called upon — 1. To witness a strange interruption. 2. To listen to what seemed very discouraging information — "Thy daughter is dead." III. THE WONDERFUL RESULT WITH WHICH THIS VISIT WAS ATTENDED. 1. What our Lord saw. 2. What He said. 3. What He did. (Expository Outlines.)
(2) (3) II. THE READY COMPLIANCE OF OUR LORD WITH THE REQUEST MADE TO HIM. But as He went we are called upon — 1. To witness a strange interruption. 2. To listen to what seemed very discouraging information — "Thy daughter is dead." III. THE WONDERFUL RESULT WITH WHICH THIS VISIT WAS ATTENDED. 1. What our Lord saw. 2. What He said. 3. What He did. (Expository Outlines.)
(3) II. THE READY COMPLIANCE OF OUR LORD WITH THE REQUEST MADE TO HIM. But as He went we are called upon — 1. To witness a strange interruption. 2. To listen to what seemed very discouraging information — "Thy daughter is dead." III. THE WONDERFUL RESULT WITH WHICH THIS VISIT WAS ATTENDED. 1. What our Lord saw. 2. What He said. 3. What He did. (Expository Outlines.)
1. To witness a strange interruption.
2. To listen to what seemed very discouraging information — "Thy daughter is dead."
III. THE WONDERFUL RESULT WITH WHICH THIS VISIT WAS ATTENDED.
1. What our Lord saw.
2. What He said.
3. What He did.