While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?” But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe!”
Faith that is untested is faith that is uncertain. Faith that has been tested and matured is faith that is prepared to deal with whatever challenges that life brings! The synagogue official Jairus came to the Lord with a weak faith, but as the result of walking through a time of testing, he came out with a stronger faith. Note the significant tests of faith through which Jairus was required to walk.
The first test of his faith in Christ was the test of patience. No sooner had Jesus agreed to go to the home of Jairus to minister to his terminally ill daughter than the Lord was led to minister to a woman with a twelve-year long issue of hemorrhaging-(verses 24-34)! Can you imagine what was going through Jairus’s mind while all this was happening? “Hurry up! My daughter is dying! Why are we wasting precious time?” Most times the Lord operates on a different time schedule than we do! Will we be patient in our faith to trust Him?
Secondly Jairus had to pass though the test of perseverance. A messenger came delivering a somber message. The girl had died! He was asked, “Why trouble the Master anymore?” What would Jairus do? Would he accept the report after Jesus had accepted his request to come to his home, and “…lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live?” It is at this point Jesus said, “…only believe!” It is important to know that this word in the original language of the New Testament literally means, “Keep on believing!” Would Jairus continue in faith? Will you and I continue to believe the Lord’s Word when so much around us seems to contradict?
The third test of faith is that of purging. When Jesus, three of his disciples (Peter, James & John) and Jairus arrived at the home, professional mourners were already there making a loud commotion (common in that day). When the Lord said the girl was not dead, the mourners laughed at Him, so He put them out, allowing only the parents and the disciples to accompany Him into the child’s presence. Not only is it crucial that we trust the Lord, but it is also critical we surround ourselves with other believers in Christ!
A visitor to Africa freed a struggling butterfly from its cocoon, but he was shocked that it did not have its distinctive coloring as it flew away. A native explained that by beating its wings against the cocoon, the wings are marked by splashes of vivid colors, but releasing it from its beatings, the visitor had robbed the butterfly of its beauty! Likewise, victorious faith by definition MUST BE TRIED! There can be no victory without conflict! Keep believing Jesus!