December 18th, '17
rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
not afraid, only believe" (Mark 5:36)
Jairus' twelve year-old daughter lies on the
couch dead, his servants have scrambled to find the Teacher from Nazareth, then
He arrives and tells Jairus, "Be not afraid, only believe". How can he not be
afraid, everything he loved is now gone? Before you blame God for the
misfortune consider that it might be a divine set-up for a miracle. My favorite
faith song from the good ole days urged, "Only believe, only believe, all
things are possible, only believe..." It is a simple demand. You don't have to
rush a check in the mail or chant "hail Mary, full of grace" fifty times, only
believe. Now what's involved in believing?
1. When your world falls at your feet faith
falls at His feet. Jairus came to the right Person. When he saw Jesus "he
fell at His feet" (vs 22). That pictures a man helpless but not hopeless.
2. Know that all things are possible with
God. Squire Rushnell says, "Get the 'imp' out of impossible. Instead say,
'I'm possible!'" Jairus had to battle that "imp". Circumstance looked
impossible but Jesus was not limited by circumstance.
3. Tell fear, "Get out of here!" Jesus
said, "Be not afraid". Fear is the dark room where all our negatives are
developed. Fear aborts ambition, blights belief, hampers hope, jinxes joy,
mutes music, quells life's quests, robs reason, silences songs. Fear and faith
can't coexist in the same room any more than darkness and light. When Jesus
walked in the front door fear ran out the back.
4. Talk positive. Jesus announced, "The
child is not dead, but is sleeping" (vs 39). He spoke louder than the organ
music playing at the wake. Those wailing and those nibbling on the chicken
salad brought in by the church ladies' ministry "laughed him to scorn". How
quickly the doubters morph from lamentation to laughter. But Jesus didn't back
down in the face of ridicule, He called those things that were not as though
5. Push doubt out! "When he had put them
all outside" (vs 40). Jesus asked the mourners to all step outside (how polite
at a funeral visitation service), then taking Jairus, his wife and Peter, James
and John, all people strong in faith, He turned to the body and cried, "Talitha
cumi" which means, "Damsel, I say to you, Arise!" and arise she did. It's
important to get the right people believing with you.
Are there dreams, hopes, plans or ambitions
that have died in your lap? Jesus says to you as well, "Be not afraid, only
believe". Faith only hears what God's Word says. Jairus' friends confessed,
"Your daughter is dead, why trouble the Master further?" (vs 35). Dead,
terminal, flat-lined, bankrupt, code blue, you're fired, sew her up and send
her home, I quit, impossible, these are the words that send cold chills down
the spine, but Jesus bids us turn a deaf ear to man's unbelief and heed what
the word of God promises, "be not afraid, only believe". Diagnosis (the
physician's knowledge) is different than theo-gnosis (the Great Physician's
knowledge). Prayer can still change things. "And all things, whatsoever you
shall ask in prayer believing, you shall receive" (Matthew 21:22).
Isn't it just like Jesus to mess up a good funeral? And if the girl was only
twelve I'm sure it would have been a crowd, but He broke up the gathering, put
the fun back in funeral and frustrated the news editor's obituary page. But that's
where He excels. When life is at its worst Jesus is at His best, so "be not
afraid, only believe".