The miracle was so profound that the actions of a loving father were nearly eclipsed. After all, raising someone from the dead was impossible.
In Mark 5:21-32 is the story of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead. Before we see what this story has for us, let’s take a quick look at what some eye opening statistics reveal about children raised in homes were a father is physically or relationally absent.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America — one out of every three — live in biological father-absent homes. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent.
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census).
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
- 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes. (Center for Disease Control)
- 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. (National Principals Association Report)
- Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.
- 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes.
Children with Fathers who are involved are:
- 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school.
- 70% less likely to drop out of school.
What do we learn from Jairus? He was a ruler of the local synagogue. He had prestige, power, and position. Most of his peers had a very unfavorable opinion of Jesus. These peers claimed that Jesus performed miracles by the powers of Satan.
In spite of the opinions of his peers, his social position and regardless of the onlookers, Jairus humbly fell at the feet of Jesus, pleading with him to come and lay hands on his dying daughter. Dads, it is alright to allow your children see that you have are not ashamed to go to Jesus. Show them that you have faith in the one you go to church to worship.
This miracle is interrupted by another who needs a miracle. We will look into that in a later blog. While Jesus attended to someone else’s need, Jairus received a message that his daughter had died. There was no more need to trouble the teacher. Yet Jesus told Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe” (Mark 5:36).
What did Jairus do? He took Jesus into his home. After Jesus commanded the mourners to leave, He gathered Jairus, Jairus’ wife and three disciples in a room with the daughter. Jesus command the little girl to get up and she rose and began to walk.
Jairus allowed the Word of Jesus to be the authority in his home.
Jairus turned to Jesus because he loved his daughter. He wanted her to live and be restored to physical health. By parallel, fathers should you not make sure you seek out Jesus for your family because you want them to live spiritually?
A lack of real fathers is a crisis in our society that is has devastating consequences. Pray for God to move on the hearts of Fathers!
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