As Jesus finishes up with the woman, someone came from Jairus's house and said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"
As soon as Jesus heard the word, he said to Jairus, "Do not be afraid, only believe."
Jesus then allowed a few people to follow him to the house to see the girl. There's more to this story, which includes the daughter being made alive and whole, but I want to stop there.
It was interesting that Jesus did not stop the bad report from coming to Jairus. I mean, he's Jesus, he surely knew it was coming. He could have stopped those people if he wanted to, right? He didn't stop them. So Jairus heard that his daughter was dead. His people encouraged him to give up and leave Jesus alone.
Jesus responded only to Jairus. He did not refute the report. He told him not to be afraid & only believe.
I found it interesting that Jesus first spoke to be him about his fear. Jairus hadn't yet had a response yet but Jesus probably knew that a parent would naturally fear for their child.
Jairus is now faced with a choice. He can freak out because his daughter is dead or he can believe in the words of Jesus and keep it together.
The next thing I took away was that Jesus had Jairus walk away from those people who gave him the bad report. They did not speak faith and Jesus had to separate Jairus from them.
I have had my fair share of bad and evil reports about my own daughter in the past 6 years:
- Your daughter has asthma. She'll have breathing problems.
- She will need a surgery to fix this.
- If you don't do this procedure, there is a risk that she will die.
- Her immune system is weak. She's going to get sick easy.