“While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. ‘Your daughter is dead,’ they said. ‘Why bother the teacher anymore?’ Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe'” (Mark 5:35-36, NIV).
At that moment Jairus, the synagogue ruler, had to make a decision. Some of the men in the temple said, “Your daughter is dead,” yet Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” In that moment, he faced every parent’s worst nightmare–my child is dead. A life or death decision stared him in the face. He had to decide in that moment who he was going to listen to and trust and what he was going to believe. He had left his daughter sick and on the edge of death to seek Jesus for a miracle. Now it was too late, as several men who had been to his house came to report to him that while he was away, she had died.
Jairus was filled with faith in Jesus as he had just witnessed a miraculous healing. A woman, sick for 12 years, simply came up behind Jesus and touched the hem of His robe and was healed. Jairus heard her testimony as she fell before Jesus and told him of her faith. He heard Jesus declare her healed by faith and watched as she walked away free from suffering and sin. Now it was his turn. In this moment, his daughter’s fate rested on his decision. Do I give in to fear and believe the world’s report or refuse to fear, have faith, and believe in Jesus? Jairus’ choice is the same choice we face every day. Each moment of the day we must decide who to trust and what to believe. Like Jairus and his daughter, there is much at stake–faith or fear, sickness or health, life or death, the world or Jesus. Choose Jesus and choose life. The choice is yours!
Lord, thank you for your healing, life-changing, and life-saving grace and mercy. Father, help me to close my mind and heart to fear and to simply believe. Today I choose life and I choose You as my Lord and Savior. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.