“Don’t be afraid, just believe!”
Scripture reading for February 16th: Mark 5
Jesus was always on the move, going from place to place as the Spirit led Him. He was approached by a synagogue ruler who had a daughter who was deathly ill. “Seeing Jesus, he fell at His feet and pleaded earnestly with Him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.” (Mark 5:22-24) This man was a religious leader, but his attitude was one of humility and pleading with Jesus for His help. This indicated that he had faith that Jesus could and would help with this desperate situation. Jesus honored his faith by going with him.
On the way, a woman with an issue of blood that had tormented her for 12 years sought out Jesus to touch his clothes. She believed that if she could get close enough to touch Him, she would be healed. “Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:29-30) She admitted that she had touched him and Jesus responded that her faith had healed her!
In the meantime, servants notified Jairus that his daughter had died and told him not to bother Jesus. Jesus had simple advice, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” (Mark 5:36) Jesus arrived at the house to find many mourners crying and wailing. He announced that the child was not dead but asleep! They laughed at Him and He put them all out. Taking his trusted disciples, Jesus took the girl by the hand and commanded her to get up. She arose at His command! Don’t fear–only believe!