Jesus makes a transition from sea to land and walks to Jairus’ home. En route, he encounters the woman with an issue of blood for twelve years; and Jairus’ daughter was twelve years old. The symbolic meaning of twelve has to do with rule and God’s government. In the death chamber, the girl makes the transition from death to life. I don’t understand it all, but this story is pregnant with intersections of seen and unseen realms.
There are eight cornerstone scriptures, and the room had eight corners.
Those who entered:
Jesus–saviour, God is my salvation
Jairus–whom Jehovah enlightens
James–supplanter, to follow
John–gracious gift of God
Psalm 118:22 (NASB)
The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.
Our Father in heaven,
Your Son Jesus is our Saviour, our salvation and our healer. He is the healer of the schools of the Mississippi Delta.
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD,
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
Father, we believe that Jesus is the tested, costly, firmly placed foundation stone. Help our unbelief so that we will not be disturbed in the trials of this world. Give us the faith of Jairus.
Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone;
THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD,
AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?
We have rejected You within the families and the schools of the Mississippi Delta.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Have you not even read this Scripture:
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?”
Our eyes are filled with the marvel of the presence of the Lord Jesus in every school in the Mississippi Delta.
But Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone’?
You are chief in every dimension and every realm, seen and unseen, Lord Jesus. Like the woman with the issue of blood, we reach out to touch the edge of Your garment.
He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone.
Supplant the false mindsets that obstruct our faith with Your mind, Lord Jesus. We yearn for Your rule and Your government in the schools of the Mississippi Delta as it is in heaven.
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,
May the schools of the Mississippi Delta become part of the household of faith. Feed them with Your Holy Word. Feed them with the Body and Blood of Jesus, the Word Incarnate.
1 Peter 2:6
For this is contained in Scripture:
“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone,
AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”
Thank You Father, for Jesus, Your gracious gift. We are not disappointed. Amen.