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Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Jesus Is the Truth

When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the childs father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep." They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!" Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up.
Luke 9:51-55
Jairus was one of the elders of the synagogue. His only daughter was near death and he begged Jesus to come to his house to heal her. Jesus went with him. On the way, some servants told Jairus that the daughter has died. But Jesus said, "Do not be afraid. Just believe and she will be saved." They proceeded to Jairus house and true enough, people were mourning and weeping because the daughter had died. Was the girl dead? Sure she was!
In fact the people laughed at Jesus when he told them that the girl was asleep. From the looks of it, the girl was in fact dead - physically - dead.
But in the eyes of Jesus, the girl was asleep. That was why Jesus was able to wake her up.
The point of the story here is not only the power of Jesus over death - but that his word is the truth. Jesus is the truth because his word is always true.
Even if everyone says that something is white, even if you see that something is white - even if you can prove from logic and all the laws of nature that something is white, if Jesus says it is red, then you can bet your life and all that is precious to you that it is red!
Jesus is the truth - he does not lie and he cannot lie. In the healing of the paralyzed man, Jesus told the man, "Your sins are forgiven." And to prove that what he said was true, he healed the man. On the feeding of five thousand, Jesus told his disciples, "You give them something to eat" and eventually multiplied the food so that disciples can give the people something to eat.
In our journey in faith - when faced with a no hope situation - what matters is not what we see or how we perceive the situation. What matters is how Jesus sees the situation and what he has to say about it. Because in the end - his word will determine the result because his word is the truth - correction - Jesus IS the Truth.

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