When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler,22 Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. ×
References for Mark 5:38
He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”23 ×
References for Mark 5:39
But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand24 and said to her, “”Talitha koum!”” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).25 ×
References for Mark 5:41
Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this,26 and told them to give her something to eat. Mark 5, verses 38-43.
Do we laugh at Jesus when He says (in His word) that He can do whatever He says?
Already in Mark He has had this miraculous baptism, driven out evil spirits, healed hundreds of people , cured a man with leprosy, healed the man who was paralyzed, called out the Pharisees, chosen twelve commoners and imbued them with amazing power, amassed a following of thousands, calmed a storm just by talking to it, vanquished a legion of demons and healed a perfect stranger (in a large crowd) who simply brushed up against His robe. Now He’s at Jairus’ house, telling the hired mourners there that the girl they think is dead is actually asleep. They’ve seen her die; her heart has stopped; her body is getting cold. She’s dead. And Jesus says “she is not dead but asleep.”
Would we laugh at that? Would we be like Sarah, who laughed at Jesus when He told her, millennia before, that she would have a son when she was in her 80s?
“Of course I wouldn’t laugh at Jesus.” Riiiiiiiggggghhhht. Um, I’m going to go all Martin Luther on you and remind that that, yes, you would. If we say we would believe Jesus when He says He can do miracles in our lives then why haven’t we embraced the miraculous power of healing that He’s placed in each of us? We can heal? Absolutely we can. Don’t believe me? Call up a friend who you know is down and just listen. Reach out and do something kind for a stranger without any expectation of reward. Do more than is required when someone asks for your help. ALL those things and more are simple acts that cost us nothing yet heal the broken spirit of folks like us who need it.
And that’s not even counting physical healing. Jesus did that too. He did it, in fact, for Jairus’ daughter, making thankful fools (and maybe a few new converts) out of the wailing scoffers. If Jesus says we can do something, then we can do it. Is that license to be irresponsible? Of course not, nor is it license to do something foolish, or to unwisely test God. Yet it is license, even a commandment, to believe. That’s what He was telling Jairus to do, then the mourners at the house. “Believe in me. I will do this extraordinary thing.” And He does it.
He’s telling us to do the same. To use the faith He gives us to do extraordinary things in our ordinary lives. That’s nothing to laugh at.
Lord, forgive my laughing doubt. You’re empowering me. Lead me today to do extraordinary things for You.
Read Mark 6, verses 1-6