Being asleep, is it good or bad?
Our senior pastor, Reece Bowling, began a series at our church at Orchard Road Christian Center a couple of weeks ago entitled, “Asleep in the Light.” The fascinating and engaging series inspired by Keith Green’s song, illustrates the church’s need of awakening. The fact that this is still true years after Green wrote this song is bad.
There’s another account about light and sleep. A time when Jesus said, “She’s asleep,” and that was good.
The etymology or study of the name Jairus reveals it means light or Jehovah enlightens. The Greek word koimao simply means asleep, although it can also mean to die.
When Jesus said, “She’s asleep,” it entails both Jairus’(light) daughter (asleep) and an ensuing miracle.
Jairus, an official of a synagogue, came and requested Jesus to “lay your hands on her.” He trusted Jesus could heal. His daughter was twelve and was his only daughter. Imagine the panic he felt at his loved one’s near death, yet he knew who to ask.
However, Jesus is detained when the woman with the issue of blood draws healing from Him by touching His garment. Did Jesus stop and say, “That’s enough. I’ve had my miracle for the day?” Of course not. (As Bill Winston relays this story, the woman’s account could have been a lengthy incident.)
Men approached and said, “Don’t bother. She is dead.” Jesus responded, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” (Mark 5:36; Luke 8:50) (Notice He said any longer.) With His words, Jesus took hold of the miracle before it occurred and began to lay a foundation for this miracle. (By the way, He allowed only Peter. James, and John to go with Him. The second part of “Asleep in the Light” by Pastor Sarah Bowling involves these three.) You can listen to these teachings here.
Jesus, Jairus, and the three disciples approached the house. People wailed and wept. Jesus said, “Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.” Once again, Jesus held fast and continue to build the groundwork for this amazing miracle. Bill Winston taught this in his “Law of Confession” series. Winston said, “Jesus magnifies His word. If He promises you something, He completely gives Himself to it. He is under the authority of His word.”
The response of the “grieving” people was laughter, but Jesus remained steadfast. He entered, and “Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). (Mark 5:41) She was “asleep” to this world. Jesus awakened (resurrected) her.
Are you “Asleep in the Light?” Is there something in your life that needs awakening? I believe Jesus is taking our hand now and exclaiming, “I say to you, get up!”