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one of the rulers of the synagogue, besought Jesus to come to his house and heal his daughter, who was lying at the point of death. Jesus readily complied with the request; but before they arrived, word was sent to Jairus that the damsel was dead :
" While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
" As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
" And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
" And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
" And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep ? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
" And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was tying.
" And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumij which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
" And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
" And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat."1
There are several points embraced in the above which are deserving of serious consideration.
The first is that Christ perfectly understood the importance of securing for his patient a favorable mental environment. To that end he endeavored to quiet the fears of the father, and to impress upon him the necessity of holding his mind in the attitude of faith and confidence. The father was necessarily in telepathic rapport with the daughter, and it was important that he should not impress his doubts and fears upon her departing soul. The injunction was, therefore, laid upon him, u Be not afraid, only believe."
1 Mark v. 35-43-