My attention has been placed onto the story of Jairus. Check out the highlights reel…
Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” And he went with him.
Jairus believed that Jesus could heal his daughter. His faith was probably based on hearing that Jesus had done so several times before. So based on that he believed.
While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” – Mar 5:36
BUT. Now things have changed. The girl has died! Jairus knew He could heal… but she is dead… what will Jairus believe now?
The people from Jairus’ house thought that death was final and could not be reversed, so there was no point to asking Jesus for help any more. They were at the limit of their faith about Him. (They did not believe He had authority over death.)
Remember that faith means: “what you agree is true”.
So they believe IT IS TRUE that Jesus Christ had authority over sickness. But they did not believe IT IS TRUE that Jesus Christ has authority over death. That was a step too far for them.
What Jesus does next is interesting. He removes the people who have no faith and would then stop the ruler and His own disciples from growing in their own faith.
And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.”
And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside
and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was.
Again, He is confronted by people who have a limit in their faith. They do not believe IT IS TRUE that He can heal a dead person. So He puts them out. This is a profound lesson for me, to avoid people whose lack of faith in Jesus Christ may cripple my own faith and limit it.
Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. – Mar 5:22-42
Clearly He had authority over both sickness and over death.
So I feel I have to ask myself… where is the limit of my faith in Him? And why? What is the limit of what I believe IS TRUE about Him and about what He did on the cross and the power outflowing from His resurrection?
NOTE: Our faith is not based on the Father, nor in the Holy Spirit nor anything else. We have faith wholly and solely in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and in His resurrection.