“While he was still speaking, messengers arrived from the synagogue president’s house, saying, ‘Your daughter is dead—there is no need to bother the master any further.’ But when Jesus heard this, he said, ‘Now don’t be afraid, just go on believing!’” (Mark 5: 35-35, JB Phillips Translation)
Jesus was able to heal the daughter of this seeking soul, to bring her back to life. And his words to the concerned father are two key ideas that can support our own healing. We should take Jesus’s comforting words to heart. There is, as all Christly imparting, a power to them.
“Now don’t be afraid.” Jesus’s initial instruction to this dear fretting one was for him to give up the fear. It is really always the first thing we all must do when seeking peace and healing. And Jesus was not saying to lose fear when the healing was evident, but to stop being afraid now. Jesus was giving this man and all of us a message from our Father. Jesus was one with God and knew that His goodness and Love was greater than the fear and any seeming cause for it. His gentle words expressed that Love, just as the Christ does for us—reminding us in the moment, right now, that fear is not needed, healing, nor does it give us a clear vision of what is really going on—peace, safety, perfect care.
Then Jesus gave that second piece of healing advice. The man had come with trust to Jesus, expecting healing. Jesus was saying, essentially, it doesn’t matter that things seem dark now, that the report from the messengers (mortal mind, sense testimony) want to tell you to give up. Trust your faith, your believing, and just keep on trusting it. The guidance and faith that turned this man, and us, toward the healing Christ, was valid. Be patient and steadfast with this trust. Let God tell you the true and perfect state of things, and in the meantime, give yourself permission to be fearless and trusting, calm and confident. Jesus said so!
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