One certainty in life – death

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The finality of death

A corpse in burial clothes.
A corpse in burial clothes.

Jairus had been waiting for Jesus to finish talking with a woman, then some men came from his house and said:

Your daughter is dead, why bother the teacher any more.”

Mark 5:35

Have you ever felt in an impossible predicament and you have been waiting for God to provide the solution?

Crocodile with open jaws showing it's teeth.
Hairy situations that just get worse!

You’ve been asking for Him to help you.
Then suddenly there is an extra twist to the affliction screws, and the whole situation moves into being utterly impossible!

Jairus’ situation had been desperate with his daughter being so unwell, NOW it was impossible.
Jesus ignores what the men said and He encourages Jairus, the afflicted, grieving father. And says:

Don’t be afraid; just believe.

Mark 5:36

FAITH in the all powerful, merciful God, is the only true remedy against grief and fear.
Is there anybody struggling?
If so, have confidence in the all powerful, merciful God, and cling to the only One who can deliver you.
He knows what is best for you, AND what is best for His Kingdom.

Laughing at God

At Jairus’ house the crowd laughed at Jesus, even though they lived in Capernaum where they would have seen so much of Jesus’ other miracles, they would have seen His pure and spotless character, they would have heard His wise teaching.

But they were scornful of Him and they ridiculed Him.
Surely, when they didn’t understand, they ought to have kept quiet and have waited for an explanation.
But they despised His words and so Jesus drove them out of the house.
They were unworthy to be witnesses of this miracle.

Here perhaps is a warning for us.
If we don’t understand some parts of the Bible do we reject it, do we despise it?
Or do we still hold it as God’s Word and treasure it as being precious, even when we don’t understand it, or it seems extreme, or contrary to what we think?

Death is sleep

An old graveyard.

So what was it that caused the crowd to laugh at Him?
Jesus had said that the dead child was asleep.
Hasn’t He, as Son of God, the One Who sustains everything by the Word of His power, got the right to give life to the dead?
Hasn’t He got the right to call death ‘sleep’?
Anyway, hadn’t they read the many Old Testament Scriptures that speak of death as being ‘sleep’?
For example Daniel talking about the end of the world:

Multitudes who SLEEP in the dust of the earth will AWAKE, some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.”

Daniel 12:2

By Jesus emphasising that death was really like sleep, this should send a clear warning to all those who say:

‘I’m living my life to the full now, because when you’re dead, you’re dead, you can’t take money with you, so spend it while you can, you’ve only one life, get what you can from it now!’

Jesus is warning us that death is NOT the end, it is either everlasting life, or shame and everlasting contempt.
From the parable of the rich fool, we can see that there are thousands of people who when they are about to leave this life, God has to say to them:

You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?”

Luke 12:20

No one can escape from God, because death is not the end, the body sleeps, but it will be raised up at the last day.
The Apostle Paul describes the Christians who had died as being ASLEEP:

We do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men who have no hope.
We believe Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus, those who have fallen asleep in Him.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Believers will be given glorious resurrection bodies, and we will be with the Lord forever.

Jesus raises Jairus' daughter back to life.
Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter back to life.

Jairus’ daughter was dead according to our viewpoint, but Jesus saw her as being asleep and raised her back to life.
See how easily this was carried out by Jesus who:

took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Little girl, I say to you, get up.’
Immediately the girl stood up and walked around!”

Mark 5:41

Jesus gives life, He sustains us and He has power over death.
Jesus said to Martha:

I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me will live, even though He dies;
and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.”

John 11:25-26

Jairus’ daughter & Corpse image: thanks to ‘The Pictorial Dictionary’ published by The Educational Book Company, London

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