You all know the story of Jairus, right? His daughter was sick, so he ran to Jesus and asked him to come help. Jesus and Jairus were walking back to Jairus’s house when someone came running up to them and told Jairus, “Your daughter has died. Do not trouble the teacher any longer.”
Your daughter has died.
Most likely the absolute worst news of Jairus’s life.
Do not trouble the teacher any longer.There’s no point. No hope. What can Jesus do now?
Here was Jairus, whose world had just ended. But Jesus looks at him and immediately says,
“Do not be afraid.”
Really, Jesus? Do not be afraid? How could he not be afraid?
“Have faith, and your daughter will live.”
We know how the story ends. Jesus goes back to the house, sees the girl who has died, takes her hand and says, “Little girl, arise.” And she does. And he tells them to feed her. (Ever notice how in the Gospels whenever people come back from the dead they’re hungry, like when Jesus asked for food after his resurrection? Strange. I wonder if there’s a treatise on this somewhere.)
What really struck me today when my eyes fell on this passage was the part that Jairus was walking with Jesus as he got the news that his world had ended. And Jesus looked at him and said, Do not be afraid. Have faith…
Many times we find ourselves on the road with Christ when we get our own earth-shaking news. Sometimes it’s the loss of a person, like it was for Jairus. Other times it’s the loss of a dream, the loss of something we’ve worked for, a diagnosis we never expected, etc. And the world tells us to abandon all hope.
But that’s not what Jesus says.
Do not be afraid. Have faith.
There is hope.