Our children are living in a very dangerous world today. Not only has the world become dangerous for them but they are facing threats that we never faced when we were kids. Some of these threats are individuals dressing up like clowns whose purpose is to create an atmosphere of fear in our communities. They show up on our local streets which can sometimes be near our children’s schools trying to be a distraction to them and sometimes to trying to provoke fear within our community. Another threat that our children are facing is our government’s inability to pass tougher gun laws that will help to prevent assault weapons from falling into the wrong hands of people with mental health conditions. Some of these people who have these weapons are individuals who have mental health conditions and are being allowed to purchase weapons that have no business being on our streets but should only be on the battlefield of war.
In addition to those who have mental health conditions, our teenagers are playing violent video games which teaches them to have no respect for life or shedding the blood of innocent people. Our teenagers play these games for hours while it slowly eats away at the fabric of their soul. Finally, there is the threat of the sexual predator that lives among our community and who is lurking in the shadows trying to approach our sons and daughters to try and bring them harm because of them wanting to fulfill their sick and lustful fantasies. How do we as believers deal with these threats that are children are facing? We have to bring our children to Jesus because He is the answer who can bring protection and who can help us breathe resurrection life into their lives.
Jesus is still the answer
And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him (Mark 5:22-24).
When Jairus heard that Jesus was in the area, he immediately came to Him with the need that he had in his life. He did not wait to come to Him after trying to deal with his daughter’s illness in other ways which failed to improve her condition. However, he came to Jesus knowing that He was the true and only answer who could deliver her from the point of death. He came to the Master not worried about his status in the community and what people might say if they saw him falling at the feet of Jesus. This synagogue ruler was willing to humble himself to the authority of the Lord so that his daughter could live. He was a father who had a desperate need and was willing to believe in his heart that Jesus was the answer to his daughter’s point of death issue.
When we come to the Lord with the threats that face our children, we too must come to the Lord with the posture that Jairus did for his daughter. We must not get caught up in thinking that what people think about us is more important than what the Lord thinks about us. We should not allow any title or position that we hold to become a hindrance to us that will make us too proud to yield ourselves at the Master’s feet. Our children and what they are going through in this life is more important than trying to save face with others who cannot do anything about the issue in our life. Only Jesus is the answer to the questions that we cannot answer and He is the solution to the problems that we cannot solve. How do we protect our children from these threats that confront them in today’s times, we are able to protect them by knowing that Jesus is the answer.
We must believe the report of the Lord
As Jairus traveled with Jesus back to his home, several of the people began to follow and crowd around them. As they both pressed their way through the crowd a woman with an issue of blood made contact with Jesus by touching the hem of His garment. When she touched His garment, He immediately felt healing power leave His body from the contact that she made with Him. After being touched by this nameless woman, Jesus turned around and said to His disciples that someone had touched Him. One of His disciple’s Peter responded to Jesus’s question by saying several people are all crowding around Him. However, what Peter did not realize that though there was a crowd of people touching Him only one person had touched Jesus with their faith. The woman who was now healed gave her testimony to the Lord how she came to Him despite all the odds that forbid her from being in the presence of a Rabbi in public and others. The Lord blessed and confirmed her healing before others and sent her on her way as a changed woman who was touched by the Lord. However, as Jairus and Jesus continued their journey toward his home, Jairus received the news from one of his servants that his daughter had died (Mark 5:25-36 and Leviticus 15:19-25).
While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe (Mark 5:35-36).
The moment that Jairus heard the news that his daughter had died, Jesus turned to him immediately and said to him “be not afraid but only believe”. The lesson that the Lord was emphasizing to Jairus and to us is that in spite of being face with an overwhelming crisis we still must believe the report of the Lord. When we have prayed and trusted the Lord for our children, the delays of not seeing an immediate change in their lives does not mean that the Lord has forgotten us. The word of God never tells us what the cause of the daughter’s death was, but Jesus still assured her father that she would be healed. In an Isaiah 65:24, the Lord told the Prophet Isaiah, “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear”. My dear sister as you have lifted up your son unto to the Lord, know that they will not be lost forever to a life of gang violence, drugs or being incarcerated in prison. My dear brother as you cry out to the Lord for your daughter, know that they will not be lost forever to a life of sexual promiscuity, domestic violence, or shattered dreams. Our God is great, nothing is too hard for Him and we must believe the report of the Lord.
We must speak resurrection life over our children
And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment (Mark 5:41-42).
As Jesus entered into the home of Jairus, He surveyed what was going on and put out all those who would be a hindrance to the father’s faith. The Lord took the damsel hand that was twelve years old and spoke resurrection life to her and she arose and was given to her parents. When we also look back at the miracle that happened to the woman with the issue of blood, she had her condition for over twelve years. In the scriptures the number twelve represent government and it also represents authority. The lesson that the Lord would want us to take from this as parents are that despite how dead the circumstances look in our children’s lives we have been given the authority to speak resurrection life into their lives. In Mark 16:17-18, as Jesus gave His instructions to his disciples about carrying out the great commission, “Jesus said that those who believe in Him would speak with new tongues”. To speak with new tongues means that our mouth should be filled with the conversation of Heaven and we breathe a life of God back into our sons and daughters. As parents, we have the responsibility by the authority of God to speak with new tongues and speak prophetically to our children that their dreams and visions will come to pass because our God is still on the throne.