37 Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”
40 The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. 41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” 42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. 43 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.
Don’t you find it strange that Jesus says, “she’s only asleep?” The professional mourners that one would hire in that time and that culture have already arrived and they are doing their thing. In other words, they are convinced she is not just mostly dead, she’s completely dead. But Jesus kicks out everyone except the mother, father, and his closest disciples.
Jesus holds her by the hand and says a term of endearment, “Little girl, get up!” His words and actions are not only powerful, but they are also loving. It’s what a mother would say to her child on a sunny morning. Honey, it’s time to get up. And she does! Jesus is face to faceT with death, but if He has your hand death itself is nothing but sleep to Him. Such is His power and authority. But we only get to enter into the Upside Up and experience this through faith.
In times of crises in our lives, may we hear Jesus saying to us through the Holy Spirit, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
May we enter into God’s healing presence through faith. One thing is certain. The crowd was excluded from the room because of their lack of faith and they missed out on witnessing this amazing miracle – the first person in Jesus’ ministry raised from the dead – which is a foreshadow of the cross and His power and victory over sin and death itself. . [P. Cory Ricks, Upside UP Fall College Conference, 2018].
Today let’s pray as we enter into God’s very presence in prayer and worship in faith! Worship with the song (click here) ‘Raised to Life’.