Falling at Jesus’ Feet

Mark 5:21–24 (ESV) — 21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.

Over the next few days, we’ll reflect on the account of Jairus, who went to Jesus when his daughter was sick. This is an interesting account because Jairus was one of the “rulers of the synagogue.” We know that throughout the Gospel accounts, the religious leaders did not relate well to Jesus. They were his biggest opponents. However, Jairus is different. He went to Jesus and fell at his feet and implored Jesus to help his daughter.

Jairus realized that Jesus was the only one who could help him or his daughter in this time. So he threw himself at Jesus’ feet and cried for mercy. In truth, we are all in the same situation as Jairus. We all desperately need help. Our sin is killing us and there is nothing we can do about it. Our only hope is Jesus. Let us go and throw ourselves at his feet and find grace and life.


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