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FEBRUARY 2023

A Desperate Father’s Wish

by | 202302, Devotionals

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Narrated by Peter Kairuz & Written by Beng Alba-Jones

Are you burdened and desperate because a loved one is sick? May you find encouragement today as we continue our series on “Jesus, the Great Healer”,

Si Jesus ay sumakay sa bangka at bumalik sa kabilang ibayo. Nasa baybayin pa lamang siya ng lawa ay dinumog na siya ng napakaraming tao. Naroon din ang isang tagapamahala ng sinagoga na ang pangalan ay Jairo. Pagkakita kay Jesus, siya’y lumuhod sa paanan nito at nagmamakaawa, “Nag-aagaw-buhay po ang anak kong dalagita. Maawa po kayo, sumama kayo sa akin at ipatong ninyo sa kanya ang inyong kamay upang siya ay gumaling at mabuhay!”

Marcos 5:21-24

Have you, out of desperation, begged God to do something? If you are a parent, gagawin mo ang lahat para sa anak mo. Ganito ang ginawa ni Jairus. He was a leader in the synagogue but he was much more than his job title. He was a father with a deathly sick daughter. Lumuhod siya sa paanan ni Jesus at sinabing, “May sakit ang anak ko. Kailangan ko ang tulong Mo.” Jesus, who agreed to come with him, was his only hope. 

Pagkarating sa bahay ni Jairus, rinig agad ang pag-iyak ng pamilya’t mga kamag-anak niya. Huli na ang lahat, Jairus must have thought. Wala na ang anak ko. Jesus knew otherwise. He said that the girl was just sleeping but the people laughed at Him.

“Don’t be afraid; just believe,” Jesus told Jairus. Inside the father’s broken heart, a tug of war was going on — grief was on one side being pulled by faith on the other. The Great Healer went to the girl, took her by her cold hand and said, “Little girl, get up!” She opened her eyes, stood up, and walked around. The people were amazed. Paano nangyari ito? The cries of sorrow turned into tears of joy. In that moment, a miracle happened, a desperate father got his wish, and the power of Jesus was revealed.

The Bible records two other instances when Jesus raised the dead. Every time, like this one, He was driven by compassion. May kapangyarihan sa mga salita Niya na dinidiktahan ng kung ano ang nasa puso Niya. Jairus did the right thing in coming to Jesus. When we, too, reach the end of our rope, may we find Jesus holding it, saying, “I’ve got this.”

We hope you’ll join us again tomorrow for the last part of our series “Jesus, the Great Healer”. Let’s find healing, encouragement, and refreshment from God’s Word!

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Dear Jesus, I don’t know what to do anymore. Please take this burden and carry it for me. May Your will be done for me and my family.

APPLICATION

If you ever wonder if Jesus can hear your prayer and if He has the power to act, remember this miraculous story. May gusto ka bang ilapit sa Kanya? Come to Him boldly today.

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