“Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe’”.
Mk 5:36 NIV
Most of us wish we had that rare gift, the ability to remain cool, calm, and collected in a crisis. We wish we could see things objectively and not get carried away by all the emotional drama going on around us. We would like to be able to think at all when chaos breaks out and everyone else is panicking, and it’s a case of “Some say this and some say that and some say they don’t know”.
Jairus would have been devastated by the news that was brought to him. He may even have felt that Jesus had failed him by getting involved along the way with the woman with the haemorrhage – whose malady could have waited a little longer without too much of a problem. Jesus immediately took control of the situation and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid”.
In the presence of death it is a good thing to know that Jesus, the Lord of Life is there too, that he has been in control at many a death bed, and that you can look to him for reassurance, for peace, and for courage. What is more he has gone through the veil of death and is quite at home in the beyond. So when you are stunned by the strange and frightening feelings you get when someone near and dear to you dies, turn to Christ in prayer, ask for his presence, seek his guidance and, like the man in this story, trust Jesus. Don’t be afraid to cry – it is normal and natural. And Jesus himself wept at the death of his friend Lazarus (Jn 11:35).
Lord, help me to trust you in the presence of death.