While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
Mark 5:35-37 ESV
Unfortunately it seems it was too late for Jesus to save Jairus daughter, however even when he heard that Jairus’ daughter is dead, Jesus wasn’t sad, but instead he confidently reassured Jairus that he shouldn’t fear, but instead believe. Indeed, the opposite of fear is to believe :) When you believe in God, you don’t need to fear of death! For Jesus is Lord and sovereign even over death!
And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Mark 5:30-34 ESV
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” And he went with him.
And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.
We can see the two different responses in this passage. The first one from the people of the city, they knew about what Jesus has done however they refused to believe in Him instead they rejected him and begged him to go. On the other hand, the man who was possessed by Legion did the opposite, he begged Jesus that he might be allowed to follow Jesus. From the same event, we can see 2 different responses. From the same salvation event and forgiveness, there can be 2 different responses, rejection and repentance, which one is your response?
The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs.
The man was cleaned from the evil spirit, and the people were astonished at the sight of the man now in his right mind. How can someone get rid of the strong evil spirit?
And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.
Jesus displayed another feat of God’s sovereignty, that God can do what others can’t. While others couldn’t do anything about the possessed man, not only that Jesus placed his attention to this possessed man, He displayed his dominance over the unclean spirits. The unclean spirits were immediately scared of Jesus, they know that Jesus has the power to drive them away and they were afraid that they will be cast away very far away, and they begged Jesus to be sent to the herd of pigs instead.
Now if you ask, how much is someone’s life worth? It’s invaluable, even more than 2000 pigs! Jesus see it this way, but we’ll see on the next passage whether other thinks that way or not.