PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 8:49-56
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“’Stop wailing,’ Jesus said. ‘She is not dead but asleep.” (Luke 8:52)
In the bible, sleep is a euphemism for death (see John 11:11, 1 Corinthians 11:30 15:51).
This is not to minimize the curse of death, but to maximize the blessing of hope!
Death is a tragic and unnatural experience (from a creation point of view).
Jesus was not being heartless about their grief (he cried too, John 11:35).
His words are gentle and hopeful, an invitation to hope and not despair.
Jesus was confident God would raise this girl, and that gave him courage.
We can still weep, but our tears can still leave room for hope.
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
Because of Jesus, grief does not need not be hopeless despair.
I’ve been with parents who like Jairus pleaded for their child to be restored.
I have not witnessed a resurrection like this, though I too have pleaded and wept!
But through my experience of sorrow and death, I have not given up hope…
Sleepers will awake!
Lord, I hate death. I still grieve when someone I love dies. But may the shadow of death never bring me to a place where I despair without hope. May hope always shine through the tears.