Yesterday morning, while I sat on my bed, scrolling through my phone, I decided to go onto the notes app in my phone and I typed in “2020, the year of _______” and I let my phone fill in the last word and to my surprise, the word was life. In full, the sentence read: 2020, the year of life. I know right, I was like this is amazing but it doesn’t end there because this morning I woke up and started my day by listening to a sermon and I listened to a sermon by Sarah Jakes Roberts titled Girl, Get Up! ( I’ll link it below). Let’s get to how God confirmed the statement; 2020, the year of life.
Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.
– Luke 8:41-42 NIV
While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.
– Luke 8:49-55 NIV
When we begin with looking at the first portion of this scripture, we see a man who seems desperate as he approaches Jesus because his daughter is sick/ dying. I don’t know about you but that was me a few months ago where I found myself in tears because my dream of being a paediatrician seemed to be dying based on my results, I saw a couple of things in my life as if they were dying. Maybe you’re like Jairus and I and you’re down and under because maybe your marriage is dying, you may be possibly retrenched at work, your child is doing drugs, your relationship with your family is dying, your health is declining and you have no more options available to help you. If you look at it, it seems as if Jesus is ignoring him because He doesn’t respond to Jairus’ plea but He wasn’t, wait and see why.
Picking it up from verse 49, we see that someone from the house of Jairus came and told him that he shouldn’t bother Jesus about his daughter because she is dead, automatically the petty girl inside of me was like to him, uhh sir how can you tell Jairus to give up on his daughter like that… but then Sarah spoke about how the guy substitutes the voice of fear, doubt, anxiety in our heads that tells me that my dream of working in the medical profession is dead, that your marriage is dead, that your child is a slave to drugs, that your family wants nothing to do with you, that you’ve already lost your job, that cancer will definitely kill you, etc. It is that voice that lingers on when you are in the pit trying to remove that little bit of hope you had when those tears were rushing down your cheeks when you prayed. I’m here to tell you that don’t let that voice win, here’s why.
Before Jairus could say a thing to the servant, Jesus replies by letting him know that he shouldn’t be afraid and only believe. Now Jesus didn’t respond to Jairus in the beginning so that He can get Jairus to the point that nothing else can help but the belief that his daughter will be healed. God wants us to be at a place in our lives and desperation where nothing else works and nothing else matters but the belief that God is going to make it work because He alone is the way maker and not coincidence or doctors or counselors or rehab or your boss or anything. That place that all you can do is believe.
As we reach the end of this story, we notice Jesus goes to the house and enters the room where the daughter was and states that she is not dead but asleep. My dream isnt dead, your marriage isn’t dead, your child is not a slave to drugs, your family doesn’t hate you, your job isn’t gone, cancer hasn’t taken over your body. It all has the ability to be awakened, woken up, your dreams, marriage, your child, your health, family relationships, job, etc. The problem is that when we see no sign of life, we ridicule the giver of life like they did to Jesus and unfortunately for us, Jesus is about to leave us astonished at his power.
Despite being ridiculed, Jesus told the girl to get up and her spirit returned to her. It’s time for your dream to be told to get up in the name of Jesus, your marriage must get up, your child must get up, your job, your relationship with your family, your health must get back up in the name of Jesus! It is about time the spirit returned and life came back.
God confirmed that this is the year of life to me by letting me know that I ought to tell my dreams and academics to get up and order it back to life in the name of Jesus. This is the year that all the things I thought had died come back to life. It’s time for you to declare life to all the things you had lost hope in and felt as if had died.
I hope that touched you.
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