They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Comment: The day before yesterday we read of the messengers from Jairus’ home arriving with the news that the girl, his daughter, was dead. When Jesus and the group arrived at his house they were met with weeping, wailing family members and mourners. I ask my myself ‘Why did Jesus say that she was not dead’. It may have been because He knew that He was going to raise her from her death bed. But I suspect that it was because he wanted to hear them ‘laughing at Him’. I suspect that He didn’t want them, when He brought her back to life, to be able to say ‘well, she wasn’t really dead, she was only sleeping’. Here is another of Mark’s proofs that Jesus is the Son of God. He has power over life and death! They were amazed, and so am I!
Prayer: Lord, help me to overcome my tendency to unbelief!
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Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. Jesus gave new life to this 12 year old girl. Jesus gave new life to Lazarus, Mary and Martha’s brother. Jesus gave new life to the widow of Nain’s son whom he raised from death. Jesus still gives new life to all who come to Him. Darryl had a “near-death experience” after he had a major heart attack in the Launceston General Hospital on 5th May 2000, and he was brought back to life by the nursing staff, and I believe by God’s Hand. God gave him another 2 years and 10 months which gave us time to move here to Berwick, and for our lives to be settled before he died on 24th March 2003. God is so good. God bless you.