Sunday 23rd May
Jesus brings a girl back to life!
Mark 5 (ICB)
21 Jesus went in the boat back to the other side of the lake. There, a large crowd gathered around him. 22 A ruler from the synagogue, named Jairus, came to that place. Jairus saw Jesus and bowed before him. 23 The ruler begged Jesus again and again. He said, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her. Then she will be healed and will live.” 24 So Jesus went with the ruler, and many people followed Jesus. They were pushing very close around him.
35 Jesus was still speaking to her when some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. The men said, “Your daughter is dead. There is now no need to bother the teacher.” 36 But Jesus paid no attention to what the men said. He said to the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; only believe.”
37 Jesus let only Peter, James, and John the brother of James go with him to Jairus’s house. 38 They came to the house of the synagogue ruler, and Jesus found many people there crying loudly. There was much confusion. 39 Jesus entered the house and said to the people, “Why are you crying and making so much noise? This child is not dead. She is only asleep.” 40 But they only laughed at Jesus. He told all the people to leave. Then he went into the room where the child was. He took the child’s father and mother and his three followers into the room with him.
41 Then he took hold of the girl’s hand and said to her, “Talitha, koum!” (This means, “Little girl, I tell you to stand up!”) 42 The girl stood right up and began walking. (She was 12 years old.) The father and mother and the followers were amazed. 43 Jesus gave the father and mother strict orders not to tell people about this. Then he told them to give the girl some food.
Once again, Jesus shows his power over things that people cannot control.
This miracle is perhaps his most amazing yet. Jesus has the answer to what we are scared of: death.
Because Jesus came back to life himself, if we have faith in him, he is able to give us life forever after we die.
Jesus is so powerful that he is able to beat death with just a word.
So he says to us, just as he said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid, only believe."
Dear Lord God, we praise you that we can trust you with our biggest fears, even our fears about death. Thank you that you promise us life after death if we trust you. Please help us trust you even when it looks like everything is going wrong. Amen.