Very often, we tend to become short-sighted when it comes to our present circumstances, consistent failings and seemingly hopeless situations. We resign to accepting things just as they are. Our faith takes a proverbial beating and we falsely console ourselves saying that maybe this is probably what God has in store for us in the first place.
Like Martha cried out saying, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”, we speak with defeated hope. Like the messenger to Jairus saying, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.”, we find ourselves surrounded by those who tell us of our bleak situation. Like the widow of Nain, we join in the procession of letting go of what once was alive and with us and is now nothing but a memory.
When Jairus came to Jesus; he first saw Him. Then, he fell at His feet (Another translation says that he prostrated himself at the feet of Jesus which is an act of worship) and then he requested Jesus to come and heal his dying daughter. Irrespective of his current situation, Jairus first worshipped God. He did not let his present condition determine his response to Jesus’ presence.
Even when they began to travel towards Jairus’ house, Jesus continued to heal people. Imagine Jairus standing with the crowd while Jesus begun enquiring about who had touched Him. It must have taken a while till the woman with an issue of blood came forward after much reluctance and then hear what Jesus had to say to her. Jairus waited patiently. Sometimes, waiting prepares your heart to receive something far greater than you asked for.
Then the scripture says, Mark 5:35, 36 35While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” Many a times, we look at a dead situation and we think to ourselves that we need not bother the Teacher, it is dead anyway but Jesus says, “Only believe”.
Once Jesus reached the house, with faith, tells the ones crying that the little girl is only sleeping and they in turn laugh and ridicule Him for making such a comment. There is great freedom in knowing that if people ridiculed Jesus, they will definitely ridicule us. But we must continue to ‘Only believe’
He then reached out and held her hand in His and says, “Get up, little girl” and the word of God says that immediately she arose. She obeyed.
My question is: How could a dead person hear the voice of God?
Lazarus was in a tomb for 4 days. Yet when he was called out to, he came forward from the tomb which held his dead body.
The son of the widow of Nain was on his way to being buried, yet at the voice of God, he sat up and started talking.
Jesus ‘spoke’. He did not pray that they would wake up. He spoke to the dead and when he called them out of death and into life, they obeyed!
Everything dead is waiting for someone, who possesses the same Spirit which raised Christ from the dead, to call into being that which through our natural eyes may seem dead. This is a fact that is established in and through the word of God that nothing can be so dead that it will not respond to the word of God.