Mark 5:37–43 (ESV)
Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’s Daughter (Part 3)
35 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?" 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping."40 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. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Talitha
cumi," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."42 And
immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And
he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
If you remember, Jesus was on his way to heal the synagogue ruler’s daughter (which is today’s
miracle) and while on the way... he heals a woman with bleeding issues (a miracle inside a miracle). I say a miracle inside of a miracle, because he diverted himself to go to Jairus’s house, and it was while he was on the way when he met the woman whom
he healed (yesterday’s reading). What is like a root in the ground that trips you up is the fact that someone comes and tells them that the daughter is dead... Jesus is not needed. I can say this, I have never seen a death of a Christian where Jesus
is not needed. Death is hard, and especially if it your own child. It is also easy to say Jesus is not needed if you do not see him as the Son of God. Jesus tells the girl’s father (the synagogue ruler) to "Do not fear, only believe." When they arrive
at the house, the household and neighbors are all in mourning. Jesus questions them and tells them "Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping." Notice that it says that they laughed at what Jesus says. Let’s not fool
ourselves. They knew what death was and could tell when a person is dead. Yet they are not laughing at Jesus when he goes into the house and raises the daughter back to life. It says that "they were immediately overcome with amazement." Jesus is Lord of all.
Jesus is God.
I pray: O Lord, sometimes I’m sure I laugh when I think of the solution as being impossible. The Bible tells us nothing is impossible to you. Help me to trust you in all