And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.
Mark 6:7-13 ESV
They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was.
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 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.
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.
And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.”