Unlimited: Jairus Asks for Help
Dec 1, 2020 447
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James.When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly.He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”But they laughed at him (Mark 5:35–40, NIV).
On his way to Jairus’ house, where Jairus’ daughter laid gravely ill, Jesus was delayed by the crowds, and by one woman in particular, whom he healed, after twelve years of suffering.
And now it seems that he’s too late!
When we get bad news, the solution is simple, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” But, of course, that’s usually much harder to do than to say.
This story shows us why we have good reasons to not be afraid and just believe.
When Jesus arrives to Jairus’ house, he was met with a great commotion. That’s because it was the custom to hire paid mourners to wail and cry and carry on.
Jesus goes into the house and announces that there was no need for all this crying, because the girl was not dead, but asleep.
Jesus didn’t see death as final, but as just a sleep. But the people there didn’t understand that, and the paid mourners, like the actors that they were, just laughed at him. Jesus then does something very unexpected. He throws them all out. And the Greek word used here implies that he did it quickly and with force.
The people there thought that they knew more about death than Jesus did. And when Jesus confronted them with the truth, they laughed at him. They didn’t understand that when Jesus is in the house, everything changes.
Jesus had told Jairus that there’s no need to fear when he is in the house. Jairus believed. A miracle is about to happen.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: The question is: Is Jesus in your house? Do you believe?