"Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?"
Here a man is told not to bother Jesus anymore. They think the situation is hopeless. It’s too late!
Jesus tells the man not to listen to this advice! Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe."
When Jesus follows him home, the people there laugh at His hopeful assessment of the situation. Their thoughts? Why bother!
In our own lives sometimes things seem so far gone we are tempted to think nothing can be done. Nobody can help. Why bother?
Our marriage is going south. We're miles apart. This can’t be fixed. Why bother?
My child doesn’t listen to me anymore. He hangs around with the wrong crowd. Now he’s in trouble with the law. Why bother?
I've lost my job. I am so far in debt I'll never get my head above water. Creditors hassle me all day long! Why bother?
Our church seems dead. We don’t get anything out of going anymore. Things will never change. Why bother?
My spiritual life is moving in an endless circle. No matter how hard I try, it ends up right where it started. Spinning my wheels! Why bother?
Why bother is such lousy advice!
Do what Jesus does. Ignore it! Because no situation is too far gone when Jesus is in the picture! Here He proves it by raising the little girl from the dead!!!
Listen to the Teacher! Ignore any voice – even your own – that tempts you to despair. Where Jesus is…always there is hope. Believe!