Don't be afraid; just believe!
This is what Jesus tells a man whose daughter is dead. What a choice this man had to make between fear for obvious reason and faith in an unseen improbability.
Here the improbable happens. Jesus raises his child from the dead.
He took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!" Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up.
This father faced a difficult decision. Fear told him it was all over. Dead people don’t come back to life.
But His heart told him to listen to Jesus and trust Him. He wanted to believe.
This is the choice everyone faces. Sometimes in circumstances equally devastating, but more often in normal day-to-day situations!
Reality always takes us to this same point of decision. Beyond what we see, hear and know are the choices: fear or faith. Doubt or trust!
At this point, the Teacher always counsels to choose faith.
This is never easy. But neither is living in fear and doubt!
So it’s our choice.
Students of Jesus listen to the Teacher. In His presence they learn to choose faith.