“Little girl, I say to you, get up.”
Mark 5:41 (NIV)
It is not easy to grade the difficulty of some of my visits but one particular situation I sometimes am involved in is the death of a child. As a parent I have some small idea of what is happening to the parents emotionally as they stand by the deathbed of their child.
I have come close to losing one of my children but my son was spared and so I cannot enter fully into the suffering of such parents who lose a child. I do not even wish to imagine how much pain it involves to say “Goodbye” to your child. Visiting parents on such an occasion is the hardest part of my work.
Jesus was in such a situation in our verse today. A man named Jairus, who was a ruler in a synagogue, had come to Jesus pleading for Him to come and heal his little girl who was dying. Jesus started on the way to the man’s home. As they went along some men from the home of Jairus came with the bad news that the little girl had died and so Jesus should not be bothered any more.
The man’s heart must have broken at the news but Jesus said something marvellous to Jairus. “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” Mark 5:36 (NIV). So on they went to the home where the young girl lay. Jesus spoke to the crowd and told them to stop the weeping as the little girl was not dead but asleep. The crowd attending the home laughed at Jesus. They knew the child had died and did not understand Jesus’ comment.