Jairus’ Daughter–What Would I Have Done

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headshot red alternateToday pastor’s wife and talented author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter takes a trip back in time…some 2,000 years, well before air conditioning, manis and pedis, and wifi.

What Would I Have Done? by Shannon Taylor Vannatter

21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh
unto the sea.

22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,

23 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.

24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

I can’t focus on this Scripture without mentioning what happened before this. There was no rest for Jesus that day. He’d already calmed a storm and cast out demons, then journeyed across the sea. Again. Why? Because the people asked him to leave. Only the demoniac Jesus had returned to his right mind was grateful.

As soon as he got to the other shore, a crowd awaited him. Jairus fell at his feet, begging Jesus to heal his daughter. Jesus immediately went with him only to be thronged by the crowd.

I’ve wished so many times that I could have lived back when Jesus walked the earth. Me—put aside my love for electricity, air conditioning, and indoor plumbing? Yes.

I like to think I’d have been one of the ones who fell at Jesus’ feet. Who would have sold everything to follow him. Who would have railed and mourned when they killed him. Who would have been waiting for his resurrection because he’d said it was so.

But would I have? Or would I have been frightened by the Gadarene’s healing? Would I have been one of the people praying Jesus to depart from my coasts? Would I have been in the press thronging him, getting in his way, and distracting him from Jairus’ daughter. Not because I knew who he was, but because I’d heard of his miracles and needed one.

The people living then didn’t know who Jesus was. They were looking for the Messiah, but they expected a king not a carpenter. Some didn’t recognize him. Even the disciples didn’t understand the big picture.

Would I have recognized him? Or would I have fallen asleep in the garden instead of watching? Would I have denied him like Peter? Would I have been one in the crowd crying for the release of Barabbas? Would I have doubted him like Thomas?

Knowing my short-comings and how I often fall at Jesus’ feet only after I’ve tried everything else, I think I’m glad I didn’t live back then.

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Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom and pastor’s wife. Her debut novel won the2011 Inspirational Readers’ Choice AwardWhen not writing, she runs circles in the care and feeding of her husband, their son, and church congregation. Home is a central Arkansas zoo with two charcoal gray cats, a chocolate lab, and three dachshunds in weenie dog heaven. If given the chance to clean house or write, she’d rather write. Her goal is to hire Alice from the Brady Bunch. Visit her online!

Shannon Taylor Vannatter – 2011 Inspirational Readers Choice Award
http://www.shannonvannatter.com   http://www.shannonvannatter.com/blog

Let’s talk about this. For me, it’s so easy to slip into pride and overconfidence. When things are going well, it’s like I don an invincible suit–my faith is strong; unshakable. I can handle anything! Yep! On fire for Jesus and ready to take on the world. Until trials hit, then suddenly, nastiness bubbles forth–nastiness that was always there, hidden beneath a layer of complacency or comfort. What have I learned, having received those surprising glimpses into my sinful heart? That I really don’t know how I’d behave in a certain situation until I’ve been there. 🙂 So, in answer to Shannon’s question about how I might have responded to Jesus had I encountered Him some 2,000 years ago? I don’t know. I hope I’d be an instant follower, because He alone brings life and fulfillment. But then I must also remember, He is so much bigger than my frailties and faithless moments. And praise be to God for that. So, although I have no idea how I might have responded, I have full confidence that my Savior would’ve gently, persistently, and lovingly drawn me to Himself.  Because unlike us, He doesn’t give up or lose patience. 🙂

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  1. I’ve often wondered how I would have reacted to Jesus if I had lived back then. I’d like to think I would have recognized him as the Messiah and followed Him. But, I am a skeptic. Like you, I’m kind of glad I didn’t live back then.

  2. I like the perspective of what would I do if I were there. I would like to think I would be a faithful follower, but I fall short now, so I really don’t know.

  3. Good answer, Jennifer. I’m so thankful He has patience. He needs boatloads of it to deal with me 🙂

  4. Hello Jennifer and Shannon. Enjoyed this conversation very much. i’m not sure how I would have responded. I would like to say I would have reacted well. It’s so easy looking at it from our days and not there tho. And, even tho we have a personal relationship with Him, how many times do we question? i’d love to win a book. MAXIE

    1. Yes, things are so much clearer in hindsight, Maxie. I read scripture and think how could they be so stupid. But I might have been too without the full picture.

  5. I would hope that Jesus would know me. He would have to say something to me first, because I would be in awe and speechless. What a glorious encounter. Your book sounds fantastic. Thank you for the opportunity the chance to win.
    Barbara Thompson

    1. Love your response, Barbara, and it reminded me of all the times in Scripture Jesus did just that. I love that God’s love is an initiating one! May we, as His followers love in the same way. 🙂

  6. I think you hit the nail on the head Shannon. It’s so much easier for us now to read the stories from the Bible and look on with 20/20 hindsight. It’s embarrassing and heart breaking to think I might have avoided the crowds and thus the ability to reach out and touch my savior.

    1. Hey Lill,
      I get especially frustrated when I read Chronicles about how there was a Godly king and all the people followed him and then there was an unGodly king and everybody followed him. But the world hasn’t changed–only gotten worse.

  7. Must admit that since I don’t like dirt, and enjoy my showers, I am glad I did not live during Jesus days. We have so much information about God’s Word then they did then. But…meeting Him would have been so incredible.

  8. Jennifer, I completely forgot to thank you for drawing my name. (I know it was random lol) Can’t wait to read Becky’s new book. To date I have read everyone of her books except her latest. In my opinion each book gets better and better.

  9. I’m with you, Pam. I’ve always said put me here right when I needed to be. Love electricity and indoor plumbing. Even though we weren’t here back then, we still get to meet Him someday. Woo Hoo!

  10. It’s hard to know if I would have known/believed then who Jesus really was (I would hope that I would, since I am a believer now, with no physical proof of who he is) – without the miracles, he would have appeared to be a normal man, & I may have been one of those that needed proof before believing. Just an example of why we should never judge another person for his actions, unless we are able to walk in his shoes. So glad that I experience his spirit & can truly know that he is real!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of our book – would love to read it!


  11. Very good point, Bonnie. Since we believe now, with no physical proof, maybe we’d have believed then. But then there’s all that hindsight stuff. We have the scriptures for proof.

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