“When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” 40 The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying.” (Mark 5:38-40, NLT)
I was reminded yesterday of a sermon I preached a few years ago around the above passage.
As I was studying this passage I learned that back during the time of when this occurred there were professional mourners who would attend the funeral of a person. It did not matter how poor or how rich the person was, the mourners would show up. There would, however, be more if the person was from a prominent family. In this passage it turns out that the mourners showed up before the news even got to Jairus that his daughter was dead.
In this passage Jesus basically rebuked the mourners by saying, “Why all this commotion, she isn’t dead, she’s only sleeping.” What you and I need to do is tell the mourners to leave our homes! The enemy has assembled the mourners around your home, your dreams, and your calling. Those things but be sleeping but they’re not dead, tell the mourners to leave your home!