While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” (Mark 5:35-36)
Belief Takes Away Doubt
Fear is one of the great tools of Satan to turn the hearts of people away from God. The fear of the unknown, uncertainty and doubt will fill a heart with the despondency of sin and left unchecked destroy hope. There are many things that man cannot understand or explain and death is one of those things that without God there can be no answer. It was a prevailing thought for many years that beyond the shores of Portugal and Spain there was nothing but the end of the earth. “Nothing beyond” was the view of those who stood on the shores and looked out across the vast ocean. Christopher Columbus and others ventured into the unknown and returned with news there was something over the horizon and the world rejoiced in the knowledge of a new world. Man could achieve the adventure of exploring the uncharted courses of the world to share will other men. Death is not an experience that anyone has returned to tell the tale. For thousands of years it was a dark expanse of the grave that all men ventured without returning. Death was the great harbinger of terror, fear and hopelessness. Loved ones clutched their children, families and friends as they died without understanding the meaning of death. The philosophies of men failed to define the reality of death offering answers without meaning to its purpose. It remained a mystery shrouded in the darkness of a final breath. And then Jesus came into the world.
There are few emotions as powerful as parents who experience facing death in the eyes of their children. A man called Jairus had urgently come to Jesus imploring Him to come see about his daughter who was at the point of death. The ruler of the synagogue had incredible faith in the Son of Man that He would be able to heal his daughter so that she may live. His faith in Jesus showed his love for his daughter and his deep faith in the power of God to do the impossible. As the Lord made His way to the house of Jairus, He was interrupted by a woman having an issue of blood that secretly crept up to Jesus seeking healing power by touching the hem of His garment. While the Lord spoke to the woman some men came from the house of Jairus and told him his daughter had died and not to trouble the Lord. Immediately an arrow pierced the heart of Jairus as he received the news of his daughter’s death. There was nothing more to do now and he had waited too late to bring the Lord to his daughter’s bedside. Grief filled his soul as he thought of his precious daughter. Turning to the ruler of the synagogue, Jesus tells Jairus, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” How can there be any hope when life has gone from the body? Could Jairus have such faith beyond the power of healing a disease to raising the dead? The Lord implored the mournful father to do two things: first do not be afraid because death will not have victory that day. Second if he believed with all his heart in the power of God, resurrection of the dead would be possible. Jesus went to the house of Jairus and raised his daughter from the dead. What could not be seen in the eyes of man was made visible through the power of God.
Jesus answers the question about death. It should not be feared if one believes in the power of God to raise the dead to eternal life. Before the Son of God came to earth death held sway over the hearts of men. The Jews rejected Jesus as Christ and killed him on a Roman cross in humiliation. On the first day of the week everything changed when Jesus came forth from the grave. It was not the first time someone had risen from the dead but this was not like any other resurrection. Jesus came from the tomb as a man who lived without sin and died but rose from the dead by the power of God never to die again. All those who had been raised from the dead were guilty of sin and would die again one day. Not Jesus. His power over death was complete. He died without sin and He rose to never die. His resurrection is the power and victory over death to all those who have the faith of Jairus to not fear and believe in the power of God. Death is not darkness but light for the children of the Lord who walk in the light. Those who carry the light of God into the valley of the shadow of death will never be in the darkness. There will be no fear in death because the heart believes Jesus has raised from the dead and He still lives and reigns over death. The grave is no longer the end of man but the beginning of the eternal man. In the tomb there is hope because eternal life is realized in death. When the heart looks at death without the fear and dread of the tomb, faith is experienced to see the joy of what is beyond the vale of death to a world of eternal light and life. Jesus still cries to His people to believe in Him and great joy will come. There is hope in death because that is when resurrection is realized.