NIV Luke 8:50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
Our own physical pain and suffering can be difficult burdens to bear. When someone we love is going through pain and suffering the mental and emotional burden can push us to the breaking point. I know because I have been there.
Some of the most agonizing times of my life have come not because of what has happened to me but what has happened to someone I love. It is a distress that cannot be cured with medicine nor forgotten with the dulling influence of any prescribe drug or self medication.
The verse above is from an account in Scripture that I have sermonized more than any other passage. It is a story of dealing with despair and suffering. It is a story of how the Lord brings encouragement and hope.
I cannot imagine how Jarius felt when Jesus said “don’t be afraid.” How could he not be afraid. I believe Jesus knew that this would be nearly impossible for Jarius but that it would give him a glimmer of hope. All it takes is a glimmer, a small possibility of hope, to break through the darkness of despair.
It is through our belief that our faith begins to grow. As our faith begins to grow we can gain a new perspective on life. Yes we will (not could or maybe be face situations of despair, suffering, and pain but will) face times of anguish. We will hurt. Yet because of Jesus and our willingness to walk with him we can know healing is coming. This healing may not come outside of passing through the veil of death, but it will come. There will come a day when those who do believe and who do experience grace through faith will here the words:
(NIV Luke 8:54) “My child, get up!”
and up from the grave, up form the earth we will rise!
Lent is a time of reflecting on the life of Jesus up to the experience of the cross and the grave. It is to think of how Jesus face all the kinds of pain, suffering, and trials we will face. Lent does not end in despair. Lent is given hope in the power of the resurrection. Lent is a time of listen for God to say to us: Don’t be afraid; just believe!