Jesus went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.’ 40 But they laughed at him. (Mark 5:39)
Jesus sees the world through the eyes of faith, he sees it not just as it is but also as it could be through God’s love and power. Lord, help me to see the world as he does!
Three Course Meal
Reading: Mark 5:37-43
37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.’ 40 But they laughed at him.
After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha koum!’ (which means ‘Little girl, I say to you, get up!’). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Thought: Over the last couple of days we have been looking at faith, this continues in today’s reading with the contrast portrayed between the anguished crowd and Jesus. All the crowd can see is that the girl has died, and so naturally they are distraught, we all instinctive feel the wrongness of a child dying before they have lived out a full life.They mourn her loss and their own. When Jesus suggests that the girl is only sleeping, they laugh at him. When I read this story, knowing the outcome so well I tend to read it from Jesus’ point of view and look down on them a little. If I’m honest, however, I know that in all probability I would stand with them laughing at the absurdity of what he was saying – clearly she’s dead, we’ve seen her and no one comes back from the dead do they! Jesus sees something different. When he looks, he looks with through eyes that acknowledge that God is a god of life not death, a god of fresh starts, a god of making all things new. Through these eyes of faith, he is motivated to pray for her restoration. Perhaps this tells us more about the relationship between prayer and faith – Jesus-like faith drives us to pray that for our world, for our workplaces, for our family and friends, seeing them not as they are but as they could be through God’s salvation power. Let’s not despair for our world and Frontlines, but through faith see how they could be and pray and work towards that!
Prayer: Enlarge my vision of this world so I can see it not just as it is but as it could be in your love and power.