My crisis of BELIEF
As president of the synagogue he was responsible to make sure worship was according to the traditions. He would invite speakers, lead discussions and debates. This was a community voted position which speaks of his impact in the community. But,Jesus was not educated according to the Jewish traditions nor schooled to the best schools and he was not the disciple of some famous Jewish philosopher. Jesus was a nobody special from Nazareth—a nobody town. This is who Jarius was coming. When Jarius approached Jesus, the word says he pleaded. The sense of the word is he did not stop pleading, having fallen to his knees, and a position of humility for the president of the synagogue.
Another father’s crisis of BELIEF
Jarius faced a challenge to his beliefs. Mark records the woman with the issue of blood which according to the Law of Moses, she was a defiled woman and anything or anyone she touched would also be defiled. She had not only been unable to enter into the court of the Women at the temple for twelve years, but she would have been cut off from friends, family and even society. This woman touched Jesus! Can you imagine the man, Jarius, as now the only hope for his daughter was not defile according to the Levitical law. Jesus does heal this woman, stopping to talk with her. This must have really tested Jarius. Jesus called her daughter. This term, bat mitzvah, means daughter of the commandment or the daughter of the Divine Law. This same woman, whom Jarius would not be able to welcome into his synagogue, was being welcomed back into the same covenant with God as any other Jew–especially Jarius.
At that same moment someone comes and tells Jarius his daughter is dead. The first reaction to his grief might have been to run home to comfort his wife and weep for his daughter, but Jesus gives him a command: Do not continue with fear or be frightened but continue to believe! He had believed to come to Jesus, would he have enough belief to continue with him the rest of the way. We now see Jesus facing off against the paid mourners of the time. The higher your status, the more you could afford and given Jarius status, there may have been many crying and mourning with the family. Jesus asks why the uproar and Jesus is recorded saying the child is asleep. This brings a scornful laughter from those who are paid to attend funerals. “We know dead, and she is dead!.” But Jesus is not denying her death; he is simply saying that death does not have the final word. We see the tender and compassionate Christ apart from the learned Jarius touch the dead girl’s hand and speak to her.