She’s only sleeping
Pastor Mark Jeske
Parents are not supposed to outlive their children. Parents know that they are supposed to be the defenders and protectors of their kids, and when a child is seriously ill and then dies on their watch, it is a crushing blow.
Jairus was the president of his local synagogue, and his sixth-grade daughter became seriously ill and died. By the time he was able to get Jesus to come to visit, the house was full of people trying to distract the grieving family. “When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd, he said, ‘Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.’ But they laughed at him” (Matthew 9:23,24).
Music and musicians and lively parties are wonderful, but this was the wrong time, and a room with a 12-year-old corpse was the wrong place. Jesus pronounced the only words that could give comfort at a time such as this. He told the family not to worry because their daughter was only taking a nap.
These are words for you to use when you need them. The most powerful message to share with any bereaved family is the gospel promise of resurrection to eternal life through Jesus. When Jesus took the dead girl’s hand and lifted her back into life, he gave a demonstration of what he will do for all believers on the Great Day. Our cemetery is only a dormitory.
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