“Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live’”.
Mk 5:22, 23 NIV
Life is never easy. It is difficult. And if you think your life is difficult because you are a nobody and wish you could be somebody, because then life would be smooth, forget it. Behind the facades and masks the high and mighty often have it tough as well. Their children give them trouble. People are jealous of them. They often feel deeply insecure.
In his desperate need this man cast aside his dignity, and lowered himself to plead with this carpenter-cum-teacher. Mark, in his gospel, shows again and again how the learned people, the teachers of the law, failed to respond to Jesus, or even to recognize who he was. Even the disciples only had occasional moments of insight. But the lost, the outcasts, the lepers, the desperate, those held by evil spirits, those who are at their wits’ end – they come to Jesus and throw themselves on his mercy. They trust him. They have faith and through their hope in Christ Mark shows us that faith occurs in the least likely of people. And often the most likely people become opponents of Christ. And Jairus didn’t just put in a polite request. He pleaded for his girl. And he pleaded with Jesus.
Never be too proud – or too clever – or too sophisticated to plead with Jesus. He brings God’s mercy, grace and salvation. And it is for people who are in need and who know their need, and those who know where to turn for help when all else fails. Jesus.
Lord, hear my plea and help me now and evermore.