Pastor Barry's "Chapter & Verse" Day 264
September 21; Luke 8:55; 52/260(II); ‘You Are A Spirit’
Luke 8:55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat.
Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, had a twelve year old daughter, who was near death. In front of a huge multitude of people, many of whom must have attended the synagogue Jairus was a ruler of, Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house and heal his daughter. The religious leaders were jealous of Jesus and hated Him because Jesus performed miracles and was now much more popular with the people than they were. Jairus, knowing the Lord was a miracle worker, put his need above any prejudice he may have had toward Jesus. The Lord Jesus, always compassionate, went with Jairus to heal the little girl. Before they arrived at Jairus’ home, someone came from the home and told Jairus his daughter was dead. Jesus heard what was said to Jairus and before Jairus could speak any negative words, hindering the miracle Jesus was about to do, told Jairus not to be afraid, but to believe. When Jesus got to the house, He allowed no one to go into the house except the parents of the little girl and Peter, James and John. Jesus knew who would believe for a miracle and took only those who would, with Him. When Jesus told the girl to arise, this verse tells us that her spirit returned to her body and when it did, her body arose immediately. This is a perfect verse to teach us that our spirit, which is given by God and is immortal, animates our body. At physical death, our spirit and soul (mind, will and emotions) separate from our body. Our body ceases to function, but our spirit is alive forever. A Born Again spirit is united with the Lord in heaven, an unsaved spirit is separated from Him.