Fear Not; Believe Only
Luke 8:49-56 49While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. 50But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. 51And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. 52And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. 53And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. 55And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. 56And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done. Jesus words to the ruler of the synogogue were, "Fear not: believe only, and [thy daughter] shall be made whole." When Jesus arrived at his house and all were weeping and bewailing the ruler's daughter because she was dead, Jesus simply said, "Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth." And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. What they knew they knew only by sight, not by faith. They were either forgetting or did not know that he that spoke to them, he that was present with them, he who told them not to weep because she was not dead was the Lord from heaven who by his own voice created the heaven and the earth and all that therein is and that nothing is too hard for him (Eph.3:9; Joh.1:1-3 c/w Joh.1:14; Jer.32:17) and that the dead by his voice rise again (Joh.5:25). According to Luk.8:49,53, these people knew that the ruler's daughter was dead. But Jesus said that she was not dead, only sleeping. They thought he was crazy and laughed at him, scorning him. Who can imagine such a thing -- people scorning the LORD who made them? Unfortunately it happens far too often, even to those who have been bought with his blood. Why? Because we lack faith. Do you believe what God tells you in his word, or do you laugh him to scorn because you lack faith and your feeble mind cannot grasp the truth of the Saviour's words? Do you want your Saviour to say to you as he did to his own disciples, "Where is your faith?" (Luk.8:25) Or would you rather behave like Jesus' brethren "which hear the word of God and do it?" (Luk.8:21) God's word is truth (Joh.17:17) regardless of whatever we might "know" about something by our five senses. We need to remember the sixth sense: faith. "For we walk by faith, not by sight." (2Co.5:7). Nothing man can do will change the truth of God. What God says is true, and if any man says anything differently he is a liar, no matter how pure and honest and sincere his belief may be (Rom.3:3-4). Was the maid really dead? She was indeed, as Luk.8:55 says that her spirit came again after Jesus said unto her, "Maid, arise" which implies that it had left her and James tells us that the body without the spirit is dead (Jas.2:26). But Jesus said earlier to those who wept for her that "she is not dead, but sleepeth." So which is it? The answer lies in the fact that "with God all things are possible" (Mt.19:26; Mk.10:27; Mk.14:36) and that "God, who quickeneth the dead, calleth those things which be not as though they were" (Rom.4:17). Children of God who have died are said to be asleep on a number of occassions in the scriptures, a few of them being Acts 7:60; 1Co.11:30; 1Th.4:13. Jesus called her forth from the dead as we might call forth someone that slept. That is the mighty power of God, the same power by which the worlds were made (Heb.1:2 c/w Heb.11:3). Let us never forget this basic truth of the gospel. We were once dead, but God made us alive (Eph.2:1,5), for "With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible." (Mk.10:27) Let us therefore have faith in God our Saviour and "Fear not; believe only."