This quotation comes from one of the most loved of the Bible stories about Jesus’ miracles – the healing of Jairus’ daughter.
As well as being a great story for children, it was an awesome demonstration of the Lord’s power. Yet we don’t always read it carefully enough to get every ounce of meaning from it.
“Be not afraid, only believe.’” He said. (Mark 5:36 KJV) The events that led to this statement were very interesting.
Jairus, an official of the synagogue had come hurrying to Jesus to ask Him to save his 12 year old daughter, who was on the point of death. Jairus was convinced that Jesus could save his daughter.
No doubt, Jesus could have performed a miracle of healing on this girl from a distance, as He did with the centurion’s servant in Matthew 8. However, events were to occur that would bring about an even greater miracle.
They started off for Jairus’ house immediately, but a diversion cropped up along the way. They passed by the house of a woman who had had severe bleeding for 12 years. She too was convinced that Jesus could heal her and she struggled through the crowd with the thought that if she could only touch his cloak, she would be healed.
She did manage to touch His cloak, and she was healed immediately, but Jesus stopped, because He felt the power go out of Him. He asked, “Who touched my clothes?”, He knew that someone with strong faith had drawn upon His power. The response of His disciples to His question was almost comical: “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?” – an interesting commentary on their lack of understanding.
Fearfully, the woman came forward and knelt at His feet. Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
This diversion along the way brought about a situation set for an even greater miracle – somewhat similar to the raising of Lazarus. As they continued towards Jairus’ house, people came to say that Jairus’ daughter had died. “Why trouble the Master any further?” they said.
“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he said unto the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Be not afraid, only believe.’” (Mark 5:36 KJV)
Jesus moved immediately to correct the worldly, negative thinking – natural as it was under the circumstances. His words were short, and to the point.
We could all do with remembering these words when the trials of life seem to overwhelm us. All too often, we go through living with an underlying, almost subconscious, nagging fear and apprehension that saps our peace and makes us vulnerable to the works of the enemy.
Remember the words of Isaiah 41:10 –
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
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