Fear Not; Only Believe (1 of 4)

Mark 5:36
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken,
he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue,‭
Be not afraid, only believe.‭

Other translations:

Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing. [AMP]

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." [ESV]

Jesus overheard what they were talking about and said to the leader, "Don't listen to them; just trust me." [MSB]

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. [KJV]

Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe." [NIV]

But Jesus ignored their comments and said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just trust me." [NLT]

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe." [NKJV]

Some further information:

As soon as
But Jesus, overhearing that word, said to the synagogue-ruler,

“Fear not, simply have faith.”

Cf. Luke 7:50

He saith unto the ruler of the synagogue,

“Be not afraid, only believe.”

Jesus, knowing how the heart of the agonized father would sink at the news that his daughter died, and the reflections at the delay which would be apt to rise in his mind, hastens to reassure him, and in His accustomed style:

“Be not afraid, only believe.”

Words of unchanging preciousness and power! How vividly do such incidents bring out Christ’s knowledge of the human heart and tender sympathy! ( Hebrews 4:15 ).

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Christ encouraged the afflicted father. Don’t lose hope, your apply on behalf of your child will not be in vain. Christ had staid to work a cure by the way, but he shall not suffer a loss because of that
Nobody will be a loser, because of the gain of others with the Christ.
Be not afraid, only believe. 

We may suppose Jairus was wondering whether he should ask the Christ to go on or not.
But don’t we have as much occasion for the grace of God, and His consolations, and consequently of the prayers of our ministers and Christian friends, when death is in the house, as when sickness is?

Christ therefore soon determines this matter; “Be not afraid that my coming will be to no purpose, only believe that I will make it turn to a good account.’’

We must not despair concerning our relations that are dead, nor sorrow for them as those that have no hope. See what is said to Rachel, who refused to be comforted concerning her children, upon the presumption that they were not; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears; for there is hope in thine end, that thy children shall come again (Jeremiah 31:16,170 . Therefore fear not, faint not.

Faith is the only remedy against disquieting grief and fear at such a time: let that silence them, Only believe. Keep up a confidence in Christ, and a dependence upon Him, and He will do what is for the best. Believe the resurrection, and then be not afraid

Now let us reflect on this

Do not fear; just believe.

It had been a special night.
Full of storm and thunder in the life of the father.
Jairus has struggled quiet a bit with his daughter.
And at last he has met the Lord, and He will go with him, but then there is the delay of the woman with the issue of blood, who touched the garment of the Lord.

What an exciting delay that has been for Jairus. And now that they can almost continue, the message is: Your daughter is dead, do no further bother the Master.

We would say it is too late. If only that woman hadn’t …
But the Lord has a cure.

“Fear Not; Only Believe”

Fear fills the human heart so quickly.
Impossibilities loom before us.
Certainly also on the way of life.
It cannot be done.
It’s too late and it’s over.

Facing death.
“Fear not,” it often sounds from the mouth of the Lord.
Believing is trusting in Him and in His Word.
Even though everything seems to go wrong.

Hebrews 11:1
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
the conviction of things not seen.

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