Today I was reading about Jairus who went to Jesus to plead with Him to heal his gravely ill daughter. Jesus was on His way to Synagogue ruler’s home when an ill woman touched the hem of His robe. Jesus stopped to inquire who touched Him and the woman came forward. While Jesus spoke to her, someone from Jairus’ house came and gave him the bad news. His daughter was dead. There was no need for Jesus to go to the house now.
Jairus’ heart must have sunk when he heard the news. He must have thought to himself that Jesus had wasted so much time on the woman when He should have hurried home with him to help his daughter whose situation was more of an emergency. He failed to realize that Jesus knew what He was doing and that the situation with his daughter was not hopeless because of the delay. Perhaps Jesus used this opportunity with the woman to show what faith can accomplish. She believed in His healing power and so she touched His robe. And was immediately healed. Jesus wanted her to come forward and share her testimony with those who were there. It helps to see and hear what God has done for others because it encourages us and increases our faith. “If He can do it for that person, He can do it for me, if I believe.” This was a lesson for Jairus and us. And it is when the Lord seems to be delayed, that we need to hold on more to our faith and believe with all of our hearts and might. It is during this time that it is difficult but Jesus calls for us to hold on.
Jesus said to Jairus, “Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.” Then He went with Jairus to his home. Jesus, Peter, James and John went inside where there were professional mourners. Apparently this was a customary thing. It added to the atmosphere of grief.
The weeping of these mourners soon turned into something else when Jesus said to them, “Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.” They laughed at Him because as far as they were concerned, the little girl was dead. They actually ridiculed Jesus. What did Jesus do? He chased them out of the room. They didn’t belong there because of their unbelief. Jairus did not need to have people like that around him when he was clinging to faith and hope.
Jesus was right. This girl was not dead. Her state was not like that of Lazarus who had been dead for four days. She was in her state for a very short time. It was a state of sleep not death. However, only Jesus had the power and authority to wake her from this kind of sleep. And He did.
Jairus believed in Jesus and his daughter was restored. As the hymn says, “Only believe, only believe; All things are possible, only believe, Only believe…” Believe in Jesus and you and your loved ones will be saved, healed and restored. Believe in Jesus because He is able and willing to help you. Believe in His promises because they stand.