“He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep’”.
Mk 5:37, 38, 39 NIV
At some time or another we all have to face a serious crisis. Usually it is illness either of ourselves or a near relative. It can be a severe financial problem, or a relationship breakdown, a conflict, an accident or a loss. The big thing is how we react to the critical situation.
At the home of Jairus Jesus found a gathering of people already grieving and crying. That was a Jewish custom at the time. They even hired professional wailers in some homes where there was a death. No doubt most of the people were family members who had come to sympathize. The hullabaloo they made contrasts sharply with the calm serenity of Jesus who quietly but firmly takes control. He does this because of his deep faith in God which enables him to see beyond the human fear, grief and distress to the presence and power of God the Father. He can also understand the “beyond death” element in the kingdom of God. He looks beyond this life and its brief span of years and thinks in terms of eternity and the greater life in God’s undiminished presence that death will lead to. So for him the hope which he brings is greater than the natural distress of the mourners.
In the crises you have to cope with look to the element of hope that Jesus always brings.
Lord, take control in all the crises I have to cope with.