When we get to the end of our rope, we often beg or plea for help. When we feel there is nothing else that we can do, we turn for help. When life deals us a hand that we cannot make sense of, we beg for a way to make sense of it all.
Jarius comes to Jesus. He is a ruler in the synagogue. For him to come to Jesus, he must be desperate. He falls at Jesus’ feet and begs Jesus to come heal his sick daughter. On their way to Jarius’ house a desperate, desperate woman turns to Jesus as her last resort and silently begs for healing. She finds it in the hem of His cloak, in a faith strong enough to believe.
While still on the way, news come that the daughter is dead. Jesus response to Jarius: “Do not be afraid. Just believe.” He is challenging Jarius to go beyond his desperate faith to a faith that is solid. Jarius has seen the woman healed simply by touching Jesus’ cloak. He heard Jesus credit the healing to her faith. So maybe Jarius holds out a speck of hope.
The story ends in a house full of people crying and grieving when they arrive. Jesus tells them she is only asleep and they laugh. Upstairs, alone in the room with the parents and the inner circle of disciples, Jesus calls the girl back from the dead. She rises and walks around. She is alive again. “Just believe.” Jarius and family must have. The healed woman must have. They turned to begging when they had no other choice.
Jesus will be present in our begging too. When we come to Him with our pleas and supplications, we too will find His presence. When we go to Jesus full of faith, we will find Him there. We must be aware that healing may not come. It is about being with and giving our full faith to Jesus Christ, in both the good and the bad. It is about growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Scripture reference: Mark 5: 21-43