Nothing creates more worry or concern, sometimes downright fear, for parents then when a child is sick or perhaps even dying. In the 5th chapter of Mark’s gospel we read the story of Jairus who had come to Jesus out of concern for his little girl’s health. We read, “One of the synagogue officials named Jairus came up, and on seeing Him, fell at His feet and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.” (V.22-23 NASB). Jairus came to Jesus out of concern for his daughter. He was fearful she was going to die. What could cause more terror in the heart of a parent than this fear? Yet he believed that Jesus could help the situation. He trusted in the power and willingness of our compassionate Savior to intercede in this situation. This trial pushed Jairus to seek Jesus, as trials often show people their need for Jesus.
As they travel to Jairus’ house Jesus is side tracked by a woman whom He heals from a blood issue of 12 years. She had her period for 12 years and a simple touch of Jesus’ garment healed her of this blood flow. But as Jesus stands talking with her we read “While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?” (V.35 NASB). Those who bought the message lacked the faith or expectations in Jesus’ ability to work beyond this point. It must be noted that up until this time Jesus hadn’t raised anyone from the dead. Jairus’ friend concluded that death ended any hope of Jesus’ intervention. How wrong that friend was. You see those who walk with Jesus must trust that He can work in any situation.
Notice Jesus’ words to Jairus in the next verse, “But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” (V.36 NASB). The words “do not” are in the negative present imperative which means stop being afraid. Jairus had had faith when he first came to Jesus but now death was staring him straight in the face. Fear already gripped his heart with its icy fingers threatening to snuff out his candle of faith. But Jesus set aside the news to give Jairus a fresh assurance that He plans to meet and satisfy the needs of those who come to Him by faith. Faith had sent him to seek Jesus in the first place, but his faith, like our faith only reached so far.
We know the end of the story. Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead. In fact Jesus never met a funeral he didn’t turn into a celebration. Over the last few months in this blog we have been discussing moving from fear to faith. Having a close, dramatic walk with Jesus can help us move from fear to faith in any situation. Knowing that Jesus is right there by our side and experiencing His presence is profoundly important. Have you trusted Jesus as your Savior? That is the starting point of moving from fear to faith in all areas of our life.