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!