“Only believe.” Powerful words from our Savior that remind us that when everyone else is saying, “No, it’s impossible,” Jesus is saying, “You’re talking about Me. I’ll get it done. I don’t fail.” Now, if a regular person told me that, even if it was a brother or sister in Christ, I would shake my head. We fail. We fail more often than we care to admit. But God? He never fails. And therefore, when He tells us, “Only believe,” we must.
While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?”
But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.”
And He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and James and John the brother of James. They came to the house of the synagogue official; and He saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing. And entering in, He said to them, “Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.”
They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was. Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded.
– Mark 5:35-42, NASB
A man named Jairus, who was a synagogue official, had come to find Jesus. His daughter was on her death bed and he knew Jesus could make her well. Now, we know that the plots against Jesus had already begun. So by going to Jesus, Jairus was probably putting his career and his social standing at great risk. He was willing to throw everything away? Why? Jairus did it because he loved his daughter. It was worth it. Those of us who are parents would agree with this grief-stricken father. He finds Jesus. He gets Jesus to come along. But as they do, Jairus gets the absolute worst news. His daughter has died. Jesus, overhearing what was said, says simply, “Only believe.”
Believe what? Believe that Jesus could still return his daughter to Him. Believe that Jesus had control over life and death. Believe that God wanted this man to have his daughter back. Obviously Jairus believed because he and Jesus went back to Jairus’ along with 3 of the disciples: Peter, James, and John. His belief was rewarded because He watched Jesus take his daughter’s hand and ask her to rise, which she did. His belief stood strong even in the face of scoffers who laughed at Jesus. Wait, roll that back. A 12 year-old girl has just died and you’re in her home and you’re laughing? Think about that for a second. I think if I had been the father, I might have gone off on them. I might have completely lost my dignity as I proceeded to throw or kick (literally) them out. But Jairus didn’t have to. Jesus did it for him. And then Jesus brought Jairus’ daughter back from the dead. Our God is so good.
But if you take anything from this miracle, I hope you take Jairus’ example. He was willing to give up everything for his daughter. He faced ridicule for believing in Jesus because they weren’t just laughing at Jesus, but at Jairus’ for believing in Him. Quite simply, it didn’t matter what happened to him if his daughter could be healed. Who are the people in your life that you know aren’t saved that you care about? If they don’t accept Christ we won’t be seeing them in Heaven. Is there anything God could ask you to do that you think costs too much? In our words, no. But in our actions, often times, yes. We need to remember Jairus. We need to strive for his example. Nothing asked of us by God is too much for us if we truly love them.