37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him. Mark 5:37-40
Jesus took His Selected Three to see the inner workings of His miracles. Fortunately, they’ve recorded those inner workings for us.
As was customary, mourners hired professional wailers to cry and wail loudly at funerals. They were paid to do this. There were others in the room making arrangements for the daughter’s burial, and in walked Jesus.
When He told them the child was merely sleeping, they laughed. Did the people in the room know who He was or why Jairus brought Him? Probably not.
Certainly what Jesus said was a bold statement. It’s no wonder the people laughed. The punchline of the daughter rising, of course, would come minutes later.
Many people not familiar with Jesus laugh at him. They laugh at us and mock those who follow Him. You see it on TV and the movies all the time. The religious person is always naive, holier than thou, and condemning the actions of the progressive sinner. Or sometimes they’re overbearing and authoritarian towards women. Never are Christians painted as God-fearing and upright people.
In this they mock.
Just as Jesus gave those in Jairus’ household the punchline moments later, Jesus will once again reveal His punchline later.
And somehow I don’t think the mockers will be laughing.