DON’T BE AFRAID, JUST TRUST ME.052515

There Are Miracles All Around You card with sky backgroundMark 5:22-24 says, “And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.  .  . some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”

36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” .  .  . Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”  Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.”

There’s nothing worse than being a parent and your child be on the verge of dying.  That’s where Jairus was.  He was desperate.  He didn’t care what anyone else thought about how he looked.  He knew, down in his heart, that no one could possibly help his daughter except Jesus.  So he got down on his knees and begged Jesus to come help her.  (This guy was a ruler of the synagogue.) He was willing to humble himself and turn to Jesus.  And Jesus said, “Yes.  Let’s go.”

Then the men came and said, “Your daughter is dead.  Don’t bother Him anymore.”

And what was Jesus’ response?  “Don’t be afraid, only believe.”  [Just trust Me.  Everything is going to be OK.]  Do you want to hear something crazy?  Right in the middle of this story about Jairus is the story of the woman with the hemorrhage who touched Jesus’ robe and was healed.  Some might think that was a coincidence, that while Jairus was hoping and praying that Jesus will get to his daughter fast enough that she won’t die, Jesus stops to search for who touched his robe.  And Jairus gets to hear the story of a woman who has been desperately seeking healing for a long time, and she is healed with a touch.  Wow!  Then the men came from his house with the bad news, and Jesus says, “You don’t have to be afraid.  Just trust Me.”

Do you think it was an accident?  Personally I don’t think there are any coincidences with Jesus.  Your life and my life are all part of a grand design; whether we recognize it or not; whether we believe it or not.  But if we trust Him, everything will be OK.

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