Fear and Belief

Towards the end of Mark 5, Jesus performs two miracles.  First, a man named Jairus comes to Him and says that his daughter is dying, could Jesus help.  Jesus begins going to his home. Along the way, a woman who has been hemorrhaging blood for my many years comes up and touches Jesus, healing her.

After Jesus tells her that she was forgiven, they continue on to Jairus’ home when news arrives that his daughter has died.  Then this happens in  Mark 5: 35-36:

35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

We see in this passage right here, that contrast. Fear and belief.  Both of these miracles that happened, they involved someone who’s belief was greater than their fear.  That is not to say that they were not afraid.

When the woman who touched Jesus came before Him, she was trembling. Why?  Because by being touched by someone who was bleeding Jesus would have been made unclean.  This was no a thing that she should have done.  She was afraid.  She knew she could have been severely punished. But, she had faith in Jesus.  She believed.  Yes, she was afraid.  But she had faith.

christ_raising_jairuss_daughter_object_1_butlin_417Jairus, as a leader of the synagogue, could have been looked down upon by going to Jesus.  Not all of the religious leaders liked Jesus.  Jairus could have been putting his reputation at stake. But, he believed that Jesus could heal her. And after we read this passage, we see that Jesus does just that.

Do not fear, only believe.

So is it for us today.  We may be facing someone that gives us great fear.  A great test.  A great burden.  A great illness.  We may be facing something huge.

Do not fear, only believe.  This passage teaches us that yes, fear is real.  We can be afraid of real things that are very troubling.

But belief is greater.  Fatih is great.

Jesus is greater.

Today, no matter what you are facing or going through, do no fear.  Only believe.

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