“And He took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her… Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.” Mark 5:41,42
The Lord Jesus entered into the house of Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue. It was there that Jairus’ daughter had died. When Jesus saw that all the people were mourning uncontrollably, He spoke to them and said that the girl was not dead, but sleeps. The crowd of people laughed at Him. So the Lord told them all to leave, and only allowed Peter, James, and John to enter in with Him. As He came beside this dead girl, He took her by the hand and spoke to her as one who would wake someone out of sleep. In a calm comforting way the Lord Jesus said, “Damsel, I say unto the, arise.” As those sovereign life-giving words proceeded out from the Son of God, His power was infused into this young girl’s body so that she who was dead awoke as if she was asleep. News of this great miracle spread throughout the land with all the people giving praise to God.
During Jesus’ ministry we find Him in many different places teaching the gospel and engaging the people. We find Jesus in the market place (John 5:1-9). We find Jesus in the temple (John 5:14; 7:14). We find Jesus in the synagogue (Mark 3:1; John 18:20). We find Jesus on a mountainside (Matthew 5:12). We find Jesus by the seaside (Mark 4:1). When we read the scriptures we find our Lord Jesus in many different places, except for one – a funeral!
We never read of Jesus attending a funeral, burying someone, or even preaching a eulogy. In our opening scripture Jesus stops a funeral. Why is that? It is because Jesus is life (John 6:47; John 11:25; John 14:6). John the Baptist testified that, “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). Jesus is the very opposite of death. So having the very essence of life flowing out of Himself - that is why every time we read about any dead people around Jesus, He showed great compassion and they were raised to life. Just ask Lazarus (John 11:43,44).
What a wonderful lesson for those of us who claim the name to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We should have the desires to exemplify compassion and testify of the eternal life found in Jesus to those around us. How many times do we get caught up in our busy schedule and forgo the opportunity? No one was more inconvenienced and taken advantage of than Jesus, yet He took time to stop a funeral. I’m sure Jairus was glad that Jesus was not too inconvenienced to share His life with his daughter.
David C. Hale, pastor