August 28, 2020 – Friday
Mark 5:36 NIV
36 Ignoring what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Jesus is speaking to Jarius, a synagogue leader, who is pleading with Him to save his dying daughter. He said (v23) My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live. So, Jesus left with him with a large crowd following.
However, on the way to Jarius’ house, a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years thought (v28) If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed. Of course, upon touching His cloak, she was instantly healed. Jesus, knowing power had gone out from Him, stopped everyone Him with and asked (v30), Who touched my clothes? I believe He knew, but He had something else to say and He wanted it heard publicly. The woman came forward and fell at His feet and admitted it was her. In loving kindness, He called her daughter when He said, Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering. Her faith had healed her. What faith you ask? Faith in Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God.
As Jesus finished speaking with her, others arrived from the house of Jarius and said (v35) to him, Your daughter is dead. Why bother the teacher anymore? Some versions say Jesus overheard what they said, I prefer the versions that say He ignored what they said, implying Jarius should ignore them as well. This is especially true when we consider Jesus directions to Jarius, Don’t be afraid; just believe. What incredibly powerful words, Don’t be afraid; just believe. It is as if He had instructed him to let his faith take root and grow and grow until he would just believe!
Those telling Jarius his daughter was dead had no faith and certainly did not believe. But Jarius believed, so they continued onward. But Jesus would only take Peter, James and John the brother of James with Him and Jarius. At the house of Jarius the professional wailers were out in force creating a great commotion. When Jesus told them (v39) Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep. That’s when (v40) They laughed at Him. Jesus put them out of the house.
Then, with the father and mother and the three disciples with Him, went into the room where the child was. It was there (v41) He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up! She got up immediately and began to walk about as a twelve-year-old will do. All were astonished, even Jarius and Jesus’ disciples.
Jarius had faith and believed. Jesus responded to that faith and belief. Yet Jarius, along with Jesus’ disciples, was astonished. Are we also astonished or astounded when Jesus works miracles in our lives due to our faith and belief? All too often we are, but sunrises and sunsets do not astonish or astound us. Perhaps they should. If not that then the smile or kind word from a loved one. And if not that, a flower, a blade of grass, or the caress of a soft wind on a hot day.
The miracles are all around us if we will but open our eyes and our hearts. Once we do so, we can then begin to know the greatest miracle of all, God’s love for us. A love so great, He sent His only begotten Son to pay the price for our sins so we could be forgiven and have a home in heaven.
Miracles, they abound around us. It’s Friday and I hope you will be able to make it to church this weekend and take great joy in corporate prayer, worship, and the study of His word. Enjoy fellowship with brothers and sisters who also know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Oh, consider making Jesus’ words to Jarius, words to you as well, Don’t be afraid; just believe.