Luke 8:41-42, 49-56 (NLT)
Then a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come home with him. His only daughter, who was about twelve years old, was dying.
…a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”
But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.”
When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and mother. The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”
But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died. Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My child, get up!” And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were overwhelmed, but Jesus insisted that they not tell anyone what had happened.
Imagine the scene. Learning that his daughter died, Jesus asks him to look past the obvious and into the possible. Faith is the assurance of things not seen and that is exactly what Jesus asks Jairus to do: Just have faith.
And he asks the same from us…when your child is sick. When your job is on the line. When your family is in chaos. When your church is declining in both energy and number. When your friends go a different path. When you doctor gives you the bad news. When you are uncertain about your purpose. When your kids yell at you for ruining their lives…Just have faith.
Easier said than done? Absolutely.
Imagine the walk home for Jairus. What would he find when he got there? What would the truth really be? Just have faith.
The evidence will be obvious. The crowd will laugh at the folly. The believers will disbelieve their eyes. Those closest to you will question your sanity. Just have faith.
And so, Jesus enters the house, rebukes the unbelievers and touches the little girl. He simply took her by the hand and called to her. And in that moment, the impossible happened. Her life returned. Just have faith.
God of Heaven, Give us eyes to see what we cannot. Give us hearts that are open to your truth. Give us lives that are willing to believe.