Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | June 10, 2014

Shouting from the rooftops

One of my favorite Bible stories is the one about Jairus, a man who asked Jesus to save the life of his dying daughter. The story about Jairus and his daughter can be found here.

I’ve heard the story many times since I was young. But the last time I heard this story, a new angle of the story, one I’d never thought of before, came to me. I love when that happens; verses I’ve heard before now giving me a new insight!

At the end of the story, Jesus instructs them to not tell anyone what had happened. He had just brought a girl back to life, to the utter joy of her parents, and yet Jesus didn’t want them to share this. There are theories on why Jesus would do this, and perhaps one of those theories is correct, but that’s not what I’m focusing on right now.

The new insight I had was that Jesus had just done something so incredible, so miraculous, so mind-boggling, and yet He didn’t shout it from the rooftops. He didn’t do what most of the world would do.

In today’s world, people do all kinds of wild things to get noticed. Shouting from the rooftops is mild in today’s society. And yet, Jesus, the Son of God, quietly left and continued on His ministry. With this simple story He demonstrated humility. What an awesome God we have.

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  1. Amen! Power and humility…an awesome combination.


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