Friday, February 22, 2013

Great Rescuer

A couple weeks ago, I was reading to Erika the story of the raising of Jairus' daughter from her Jesus Storybook Bible (Sally Lloyd-Jones). Jairus, heart-broken over his daughter's grave illness, runs to find Jesus. To beg Him to come and make his precious girl well again. Jesus agrees but stops on His way to give new physical and spiritual life to a desperate, bleeding, broken woman. And in that time, Jairus' sweet daughter slipped from life to death. It was too late.

Nope. Not too late. This man has power over DEATH! He grabbed that soft hand, and "reached down into death and gently brought the little girl back to life" (Lloyd-Jones). Imagine the state of that household. The shock, the rejoicing, the faith! Imagine Jairusfrom the depth of sorrow to the height of joy!

Erika was more attentive and still than usual while I read this story. Was it the little girl? Her loving father? Death? The picture of Jesus holding the little girl? I'm not sure what in the story grabbed her interest. But, she was listening. Intently.

I talked with her about how Jesus is our Great Rescuer. That when sin entered the world, death entered too. And Jesus broke sin's power. He beat death. So we don't have to die because of our sin. It seemed to me to be a good conversationone that she partially understood. I tucked her in and kissed her goodnight.

And then, as I was washing my face, she crept out of bed and stood in the doorway of the bathroom. "So, when is my daddy coming home then?" Jesus beat death, right? So, Daddy should be home any time now. Spiritual death is different than physical death, Baby. We still live in a broken world. So we still are surrounded by physical death. Everywhere we look. Jesus came to show us that He has power to forgive sins. Jesus, when he made a lame man walk, said, "Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" (Mark 2:9-10).

She didn't get it. I feel quite inept. It seems I got her hopes upthat maybe we don't have to wait for Jesus to take us to heaven. Maybe He will bring Daddy back from death for us? Like that little girl in the story. And things can be for us how they used to be.

This week, there has been news of deaths touching my family and friends. Three this week. And I'm reminded afresh of the devastation of sin. This painful, broken world. But then I remember our ONE TRUE HOPE. Jesus. Our Great Rescuer.

1 comment:

  1. Praying HOPE for you both this morning. My that hope be a BALM to your souls and may those empty places be filled with the peace and love that only the Father can give.

    Love you Em.