Jesus Heals Jairus Daughter

One night a house caught fire and a young boy was forced to flee to the roof. The father stood on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to his son, “Jump! I’ll catch you.” He knew the boy had to jump to save his life. All the boy could see, however, w … More

Faith

While Jesus is still talking, someone comes with the news that Jairus daughter is dead (v.35). This person also accuses Jesus of not caring, otherwise, He would have hurried to help the girl and here He is just talking. He implies that they should not fool with this Jesus. Jesus heard what was said but didn’t pay any attention to it. He told Jairus not to be afraid, but to trust Him as everything would be OK (v. 36). He took only His inner circle of Peter, James and John and when they arrived at Jairus’ house they found the place in an uproar with hired professional mourners (vv. 37-38. These mourners with loud voices gathered around the dead body beating their breasts, tearing their hair and ripping their garments. Also it was the custom to eat eggs dipped in ashes and salt.

When Jesus walked into this uproar He rebuked the mourners and told them the girl was not dead but just sleeping (v. 39. They laughed at Him because they thought His hope was foolish (v. 40). They failed to realize that what looks completely impossible with men is possible with God. After this Jesus sent the people out of the house and took the girl’s father and mother into the room where the girl was. He took the girl by the hand, called her by name and everyone was surprised as she got up and started walking around (vv. 41-42). He told them not to tell anyone what happened (v. 43).

The text seems to suggests that the bearers of “Bad News” will always come, but the author of “Good News” is always in control. Jesus hears and ignores what others are saying. He has the last word. He is the author and finisher of our faith.

Application

I need to ask myself this question - Of the people in this account who would be the most like me?

  ___ Jairus
  ___ The mourners
  ___ The three disciples
  ___ The messenger who told that the girl was dead.

Mark 5:35-43 (English Standard Version)

While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Talitha cumi," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise." And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

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