Fear and faith cannot coexist.
True faith is a by-product of a personal relationship with Jesus. An intimate, daily relationship rooted in His love for us and His glorious goodness.
In the book of Mark, we see Jesus on the move, performing miracles that demonstrate His authority over sin, sickness, death, demons, and nature. He performs miracles that reveal His heart of compassion toward those humble enough to admit their weakness and acknowledge His power and identity as the Messiah.
In the 5th chapter of Mark, one of the miracles Jesus performs involves a local synagogue leader named Jairus and his gravely ill 12-year-old daughter. Mark 5:22-24a records the following:
“Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. (emphasis added) 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.’ So Jesus went with him…”
Before Jairus could sincerely trust Jesus, he had to decide to put away his fear.
As leader of the local synagogue, we can safely assume Jairus had close ties to the Pharisees, a group of religious leaders known for their self-righteous religion and pride. The Pharisees put pressure on synagogue leaders not to support Jesus or his Messianic claims. They despised Jesus because His message of grace was in direct opposition to their legalistic teachings.
My heart races and my pulse quickens as I visualize this heroic demonstration of a father’s love for his dying daughter. I can almost hear the collective gasp of the crowd as Jairus defies the Pharisees and illustrates extreme faith by humbling himself before Jesus.
The story of Jairus is momentarily interrupted by another miracle of healing. While walking through the crowd toward Jairus’ home, a woman suffering from 12 years of bleeding reached out to touch Jesus’ robe. Jesus felt the healing power leave His body and asked who touched his robe. Trembling with fear, the woman came forward and fell to her knees in front of Jesus and admitted what she had done. Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” (Mark 5:34 NLT)
While Jesus was still speaking with the woman, messengers from Jairus’ home arrived with discouraging news. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” (Mark 5:35) At this point, Jairus’ situation was beyond hope in the natural. However, Jesus wanted it to be this way so He could illustrate His power over death. Jesus offers hope and promise to Jairus’ in his moment of crisis,
“But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” Mark 5:36
Then Jesus took Jairus, his wife, and his disciples into the little girl’s room and brought her back to life with the words, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).
When we find ourselves in a crisis and feel afraid and hopeless, like Jairus, we can choose to have extreme faith. Instead of looking at our impossible circumstances, we can look at our problem from Jesus’s point of view. With full knowledge and understanding of His love for us and His promises to us, we can stop being afraid and just keep believing.
Unbelief blinds us to the truth and robs us of our hope. The more convinced we become that Jesus is who He says He is, the more we will see His power and His love evidenced in our lives. We must see with eyes of faith. If we want to experience a victorious life as a Believer in Christ, we must choose to believe the truth of God’s Word over our circumstances.
Sending peace, love, and happiness to all!