As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” (Mark 5:36 NKJV)
Jairus, like many of the people in Jesus days had a problem; his daughter was sick and he knew from what he had heard about Jesus, that He could heal her, so he went to seek Jesus help.
But before Jesus reaches his house, word is sent saying “your daughter is dead, why bother the teacher any further?” How terrible it must have been for Jairus who believed he was at the verge of getting a miracle. His hope had been dashed just when it was so high.
Do Not Be Afraid; Only Believe
One would have expected Jairus immediate emotion to be anger, despair, or even disappointment at the news that his daughter was dead, but Jesus did not address any of these emotions; He tells him “do not be afraid; only believe.” Why did Jesus tell Jairus not to be afraid? Because fear quickly drives out faith and without faith, we cannot believe for the impossible.
Fear, A Hindrance to the Impossible
What emotion quickly grips you when things around you begins to fall apart? Could it be the fear of dying after getting the doctors report? Fear of bankruptcy, or the fear of having to be alone again because your spouse or partner just called it quit?
All these fears keep us from believing a miracle can take place. The woman with the issue of blood in Mark chapter 5 (she interrupts Jesus on his way to heal Jairus daughter) had to overcome her fears to believe that if she could only touch the hem of Jesus’s garment, she would be made whole.
It is important to know that according to old testament laws, this woman was unclean (Leviticus 15:25-27) and was not to be among people. Anything she touched automatically became unclean. To get her miracle, she had to overcome the fear of been discovered and punished for breaking the law. She had to overcome the fear of Jesus realizing that an unclean woman had touched him, and the fear that when He found out, He would rebuke her.
Fear Out, Miracle In!
We know the woman with the issue of blood was afraid because the Bible says
And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth (Mark 5:32-33).
Instead of rebuking her, Jesus tells her “daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” (Mark 5:34)
Has your present circumstance taken a turn for the worse? From sick girl to dead girl, from sick Lazarus to dead Lazarus, from a sea storm to a near drowning experience (Peter), Jesus is saying “do not to be afraid.”
Just like He was with Jairus, Peter, and Lazarus sisters when their situation turned worse, He is with everyone of us during our hard times. He is saying you can trust Him to do the impossible just like He did for them.
So, do not fear, your miracle is still a possibility for with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!