Because they knew
That she was dead.”
καὶ κατεγέλων αὐτοῦ, εἰδότες ὅτι ἀπέθανεν.
Luke said that they laughed at Jesus (καὶ κατεγέλων αὐτοῦ), because they knew that the young girl was dead (εἰδότες ὅτι ἀπέθανεν). This episode of the crowd laughing at Jesus is similar to what can be found in Matthew, chapter 9:24, and Mark, chapter 5:40. Mark said that they laughed at him or ridiculed Jesus, so that he put the crowd outside. He then took the child’s father and mother, and those who were with him, his 3 trusted apostles, in where the child was. Jesus had gotten rid of the mourners and skeptics, as he now had the true believers with him and the little girl. Matthew also said that mourners laughed at Jesus or ridiculed him. This will not be the only time that people will ridicule Jesus and his disciples. Have you ever laughed or ridiculed someone else’s religious beliefs or practices?