And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. (Luke 8:52-53)
I’m sure you’ve been through a period of sadness. After my divorce, I wept. The mourning didn’t end until I let Jesus back into my life. Jesus is the King of weeping-reversal. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” (Luke 6:21b)
I think the mourners had hope Jesus would heal Jairus’ daughter. Otherwise, it would have been out of character for them to laugh and mock him. They would’ve been angry and yelled at Jesus when He said she was sleeping. The mourners didn’t understand death, so Jesus used the metaphor of sleeping. Our loved ones who have died are asleep to us. We can’t communicate with them now, but they’re alive in heaven. Since we’ll be reunited, sleeping seems more appropriate than death. We’ll laugh with our loved ones when we’re in the presence of Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the hope Jesus gives me and the blessings you provide. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.