18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.”19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
In many cases, Jesus encountered many skeptics among the teachers of the law. However, there was one synagogue leader who had the faith when faced with the tragedy of the death of his daughter. This synagogue leader went to Jesus publicly and did not care of being cast out of the synagogue as is the custom for anybody who sided with Jesus. The Pharisees took offense of Jesus and anybody who acknowledged Jesus being the Messiah would be thrown out of the synagogue. In John 9:20-34, the man who was born blind and healed was thrown out for challenging the Pharisees on Jesus coming from God. This synagogue leader had to throw all of the bias that he and his fellow Pharisees had against Jesus. He humbled himself and asked Jesus if he can put his hand on his daughter so that she can live.
He must have seen Jesus perform many other miracles. The other Pharisees called Jesus a blasphemer and said that from the Prince of Demons, he is casting out demons. There is such a great change in mindset when personal disaster hits this synagogue leader’s family. All of a sudden, Jesus is no longer demon possessed. No longer is he a blasphemer. All of a sudden, he is the Messiah who is from God who can bring his daughter back to life. He had to courage to demonstrate his faith. For those of us who believe, we know what Jesus is capable of, but we could forget his power until heart-ache and struggles hit our own personal lives. It’s good to rely on God on a daily basis and continue to stay faithful as he is faithful to us.