When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened. (Luke 8:51-56)
Tell No One Of The Resurrection
Twelve-year-old girls are very special young ladies. They are beginning to bloom into young womanhood exhibiting those personalities and traits of innocence with the sweetness of youthful charm. Fathers are especially fond of their little girls growing up so quickly wrapping the heart around the portrait of a little girl changing before their eyes. A mother’s love for her daughter is deeply impressed for the woman she sees coming of age. When tragedy strikes such a young girl, grief is all that can fill the mind. In the days of Jesus, the only daughter of a ruler of the synagogue fell very ill. Doctors could do nothing and death was imminent. Jairus had heard of the man who healed all manner of disease and believed through that power his daughter could be saved. Finding Jesus of Nazareth, the ruler fell at the feet of Jesus begging mercy upon his only daughter and pleading for Jesus to come to his home. The Lord was filled with compassion and assured Jairus He would go. Multitudes swarmed around as Jesus made His way to the home of the dying girl. Suddenly the Lord stops because someone had touched His garment receiving the healing power of the Holy Spirit. A woman confesses she has sought the healing of Jesus. All the while, the frantic mind of Jairus is only on his daughter and her deteriorating condition. Jesus must hurry. There is no time.
As the confusion over the woman with an issue of blood is settled, messengers from the home of Jairus appear. The ruler knew what they would say. He could tell by their faces the news they brought. His heart was breaking for he knew his daughter had died. The men approach Jairus and tell him not to trouble Jesus any longer for his precious daughter had died. The crowd grows silent. Grief stricken the ruler takes it all in that his daughter is dead and how his wife must be grieving at that moment. The sun seems more intense at that moment. Everything in the world grows silent as the father’s heart breaks with intense pain. Through the unspeakable sorrow filling his heart Jairus hears something he could not believe. Jesus has told him to not to be afraid but to trust in Him and all will be made well. The grieving father believes and takes Jesus to his home. Everything is in chaos. Cries fill the home and tear stained faces fill the room. Jairus sees his wife and they embrace but he reassures her that Jesus has said to believe and their daughter will be made well. Along with some of the disciples, they enter the room where their young daughter lies dead. Jesus tells the little girl to rise – and she does. Cries of happiness burst from the lips of Jairus and his wife as they hold their little twelve-year-old daughter close to their breast. What joy and what happiness fill their minds as they see the power of God standing before them. Their daughter who had died now lives. But then a most remarkable thing happens. Jesus tells them to tell no one what had happened.
The birth of a newborn is news to be shared with everyone or the marriage of a child must be celebrated with great fanfare. There are special events in a person’s life that should be told to family, friends and neighbors. Throughout life celebrations for accomplishments and successes are frequent with notices shared with others to enjoy the happy moments. The sorrow of your twelve-year-old daughter dying is changed to incredible happiness that she now lives and you can tell no one how it all came about. She was not sick and got better; she was dead and is now alive. The grief of losing a child is changed to the new birth of her resurrection … and you are told to tell no one. There were many who did not need to be told as they had gathered at the house of Jairus and knew she was dead. The parents were told to tell no one what had happened. Matthew tells us the story went out into all the land. Whether the parents did not heed the word of Jesus or those gathered that day told of her resurrection, the remarkable story of resurrection was known.
Jesus had earlier told a man healed of demon possession to return home and tell what great things God had done for him. He went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. In the case of Jairus’ daughter, Jesus did not want the family to tell what happened. Why the discrepancy? Healing the sick, walking on water, calming the storm and raising the dead proved that Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God. There was never any doubt to the miracles of Jesus and no one denied His power. The Jewish leaders attacked Jesus because of what He said not what He did. Raising the daughter of Jairus from the dead would have been an opportune time for Jesus to increase His fame throughout the land but at a cost. The Son of God did not come to raise everyone from the dead. He did raise a number and gave power to His disciples to raise the dead. Many came from the graves by the hand of Jesus, His disciples and after Jesus rose from the dead but the work of Jesus was to bring salvation to all men. It would not have served His purpose to do nothing but raise the dead or heal everyone. Jesus did not want people to miss the reason He was there. It is difficult to imagine how hard it was for the parents to not let the whole world know what Jesus did. The fame of Jesus would have swelled to a national status if He would have encouraged people to tell of His power to raise the dead. Jesus had come to die and bring eternal hope to all men – not be a healer and raise the dead. Matthew records in his gospel the fame of Jesus went out but it did not serve His purpose. Jesus knew the heart of the people would turn against Him. Soon the same people who applauded His power to raise the dead would call for His death with the words, “Crucify Him, crucify Him.” And they did. And then God raised His Son from the dead. Now that is something to tell everyone.