In the last post we talked about emotional distress and distractions. When you are very close to receiving your breakthrough, you might be surrounded with those who cause emotional turmoil, as well as the gossipers. Confusion and chaos may be all around you. But continue to hold on to your hope.
Some people may have given up hope on you, and think that you will never rise again. But it’s not what others say or think that matters, but what you say and believe that matters the most.
Your situation is not hopeless. You shall rise again. You shall rise up from your sickness, from that depression, from mourning, from that loss, from financial setbacks, from past mistakes.
In Mark 5:39-40, it says in the Amplified Version:
39 And when He had gone in, He said to them, Why do you make an uproar and weep? The little girl is not dead but is sleeping.
40 And they laughed and jeered at Him. But He put them all out, and, taking the child’s father and mother and those who were with Him, He went in where the little girl was lying.
The Message Bible says it like this:
39 Jesus was abrupt: “Why all this busybody grief and gossip? This child isn’t dead; she’s sleeping.”
40 Provoked to sarcasm, they told him he didn’t know what he was talking about. But when he had sent them all out, he took the child’s father and mother, along with his companions, and entered the child’s room.
The Thesaurus gives related words that have a similar meaning as to the word “jeer”:
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says the following about this passage:
“When the party arrived at Jairus’ home, the flute players and the noisy crowd of mourners had already assembled to weep for the family. They believed the child was dead, for when Jesus said the girl was merely asleep they laughed.
Jesus was not denying she was actually dead. He was simply comparing her dead condition to sleep. Like sleep, her death was temporary and she would rise from it.”
There are many who suffer with an illness of any kind, including depression and anxiety, but it’s temporary and not a lifetime sentence. You shall rise up from your bed of affliction and be healed and whole. You shall live, and not die, and declare the Word of the Lord.
Some who have gone through a divorce shall rise again. Some who have gone through the loss of a loved one, or a financial loss—you shall rise again.
Remember … Jesus said in Mark 5:39, “She’s not dead, but is sleeping.” You shall rise again. Jesus has the power to bring resurrection life to your body, to your situation, to some relationships in your life where you are holding on by a thread.
Jesus arrived at the house to do something that would be a wonderful miracle. The best gift in the world would be for a parent to receive their beloved daughter raised to life. The father (Jairus) and the mother believed Jesus would raise their daughter from the dead. Yet their so-called friends did not believe. Instead, they mocked and laughed at Jesus when He compared the little girl’s death to temporary sleep.
Part of the problem is that they misunderstood what He meant. Another part of the problem is that they never believed there was any hope in the situation to begin with. They were supposed to be the friends of Jairus and his wife. But in that instance, they demonstrated that they were not really their friends at all. If these friends truly had Jairus and his wife’s best interest at heart, they would have stood in faith with them for the raising of their precious daughter.
When Jesus told the crowd to calm down from all the commotion, because the girl was not dead but just sleeping, the wise thing (even if they didn’t understand Jesus) would have been to remain quiet and just ponder what He said … and then observe what Jesus was going to do. Instead, the Bible says they began to jeer Jesus and say sarcastic remarks. Their professional weeping turned into ridicule.
They showed the Lord no reverence or respect. And their jeering also gave a message to Jairus and his wife that said “we don’t respect you either”. The crowd was totally insensitive to the feelings of the little girl’s parents.
The Bible Exposition Commentary says in regards to Mark 5:40:
“Unbelief laughs at God’s Word, but faith lays hold of it and experiences the power of God. Jesus did not make a spectacle of this miracle. He was sensitive to the feelings of the parents and grieved by the scornful attitude of the mourners.”
Jesus kicked all of them out of the house. They would have no part in being an eyewitness in seeing this miracle take place. Jesus was only going to allow those people who had faith to remain in the house.
After the girl was raised to life and brought outside, then the crowd of mourners who jeered Jesus would see for themselves the power of God at work. Perhaps some of them would be transformed by that experience and put their trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we are almost at the point of breakthrough, there may be those who begin to jeer us, mock us and say derogatory remarks. When you are that close to receiving your miracle, you have to have zero tolerance for negativity and doubt.
When people laugh and mock at your belief in receiving the promises of God, your miracle or your healing, you have to shut the door on them. You cannot tolerate it. You can’t let others throw cold water on your faith.
When people mock you for your belief, it isn’t just you they are scorning. Whether done knowingly or not realizing it, they are showing disrespect for the Lord too. After all, He is the One who is doing the miracle. The only part you have to play is to just have faith and believe, as well as to position yourself to receive. It’s God who brings about the healing, the breakthrough, and brings the promise to pass.