In “just trust me” Jefferson Vann talks about our need to trust Jesus when we face the untimely death or terminal illness of a loved one.
Mark 5:35-42 (JDV)
Mark 5:35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house saying, “Your daughter is dead. Why still annoy the teacher?”
Mark 5:36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid, just trust me.”
Mark 5:37 He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
Mark 5:38 When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw an uproar, people weeping and wailing loudly.
Mark 5:39 When he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you disturbed and weep? The child is not dead but sleeps.”
Mark 5:40 And they ridiculed him. But he threw them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and entered where the child was.
Mark 5:41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!”
Mark 5:42 And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years old). At this they were ecstatic.
just trust me
The world is currently in a state of panic once again, because an apparently new disease has come upon us which is causing a lot of people to die, and we are fighting to control it. It is disrupting our plans. Whenever that happens, it reminds us of our mortality, and turns our time dark.
Facing the untimely death or terminal illness of a loved one can kill you on the inside. The pain and sense of betrayal is so deep that there never is a full recovery. The word of God can guide us through those dark times. Take, for example, the lessons Jairus learned that day from Jesus.
- During such times, Jesus calls us not to fear, but to trust him.
- During such times, Jesus reminds us that death is merely a sleep – a sleep from which everyone will awake at the sound of his voice.
LORD, thank you for your words of calm assurance that we can hold on to when we face the horrible realities of life.
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