Sunday, January 25, 2015
Be not afraid, only believe
[Mark 5:22-43 KJV]  And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,  And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: [I pray thee], come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.  And [Jesus] went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
Jairus was a religious leader in Jesus' day, and most of those rules despised Jesus. We don't know if Jairus was a secret believer in Jesus, or if he was just desperate to get his daughter healed. What does matter, though, is that he has come to Jesus at last.
 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,  And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,  When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in [her] body that she was healed of that plague.  And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?  And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?  And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.  But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.  And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
For today, don't consider the woman who just got healed. Instead, think about Jairus. He went and located Jesus, for one reason. Jairus' daughter was dying, and Jesus could heal her. Jairus had just dialed the spiritual 911. His daughter needed Jesus to heal her, and heal her now. And what happens? This woman in the crowd interrupts Jesus from healing his daughter?
If you were Jairus, what would you have done? What would you be thinking about this woman?
 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's [house certain] which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
If I was Jairus, I'd be thinking "That woman with the issue of blood, she's going to need another healing because she is about to be bleeding some more." And this is why I think Jesus told Jairus those words of hope, "Be not afraid, only believe." Jesus is telling Jairus to not look at the woman with the issue of blood. Don't look at the crowd. Don't even look at your dead daughter. Look on Me, and believe.
 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.  And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.  And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.  And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
This is where Jairus' belief really gets put to the test. People are mourning the death of his daughter, and they turn instead to a bunch of mocking scornful hyenas. "Jairus, you are a chump! What an idiot! You took too long and now your daughter is dead!"
 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.  And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was [of the age] of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.  And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
What an emotional rollercoaster. How would you handle all that? How did Jairus handle it? He hung in there, and believed on Jesus. People, I encourage you to believe on Jesus.
[Revelation 3:20 KJV]  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
[Romans 10:9-10 KJV]  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Posted by Alan McCollough at 10:12 AM