Hope in Christ

“Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all… As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.”

G.K. Chesterton

Jarius ruler of the synagogue, a leader of Jews was brought to his knees in desperation before Jesus because his daughter was dying. He risked prominent status, ridicule, and criticism in hopes of healing for his daughter.

While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.””
‭‭Mark‬ ‭5:35-36‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


The ruler’s journey to healing taught him patience, and other-centredness. The death of his daughter and death to self, brought about new life. In allowing Jesus time to stop and heal the woman with the issue of blood, he learned to put others before him. Knowing she was healed just by laying her hand on Jesus, he was hopeful of what Jesus could do by laying His hand on his daughter.

“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?””

Mark‬ ‭5:25-30‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Upon arriving back at his home with Jesus, the situation seemed hopeless. The detractors were filled with hopelessness, and faithlessness. They mocked and ridiculed when they saw Jesus. But Jesus came to save. He resurrected the daughter, glorifying not only God, but the ruler, Jairus.

“And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.””

Mark‬ ‭5:40‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

What are your anxieties and fears? What are your issues? Hope in Christ, believe, and rise without fear. Christ can turn your hopelessness into hopefulness. Just like in the case of Jarius, He will fulfill His promises. He will not put you to shame for your hope in Him.

“To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.”

Psalms‬ ‭25:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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