21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 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.” 24 And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.
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?” 36 But overhearing[e] what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus[f] saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 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. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Mark 5:21-24, 35-43
True faith can even overcome religion. On this day, Jairus stepped beyond religion and exercised faith. The other synagogue rulers would not have been happy about Jairus’ turn to Jesus for help. Jairus did not care. If he was a ruler in the church, then Jairus was obviously very religious, but none of that could help his little girl. Only a real experience with Jesus would meet this man’s need.
You may look the part of a Christian, but honestly, how alive are you on the inside? When was the last time you were moved by God’s Spirit?
As Jairus approached his home, the word came that his daughter had died and all hope was lost. Jesus challenged Jairus to not give in to fear, but to continue to believe. Specifically, Jairus needed to hold to the truth that Jesus can do anything. Jesus makes clear that our faith is significant in the things he does.
Verse 40 says, “And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside…” The world laughs more and more at those who choose to believe in Jesus. Keep Jesus in and make sure you keep the world’s attitude and unbelief out.