Mark 5: 35-43

While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any more?”

Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all the commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and his disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.

A Thought

Jesus used miracles to teach about his love and compassion for all people. If we are to truly help people to see Christ, we must have God’s love and compassion at work in our own lives. People must first know that we care if we are to teach them about the love of Christ. After Jesus healed the young girl, he gave them strict orders not to tell what had been done for her. Christ had to be able to accomplish all the prophecies that had been foretold about him. His main goal was to reveal how to find the kingdom of God by believing that he was the Son of God, the promised Messiah. Christ teaches us not to fear; just believe for all things are possible with Christ.

Our Prayer

Father help us to surround ourselves with people who believe your word is truth that our faith will be strong to show your love and compassion to others who need your forgiveness. We desire to be full of faith to honor your word in prayer and in deeds for others. You are our only hope for healing, for our salvation and to be heir with your Son as your dear children, We ask that you lead us by your Spirit to bring your hope to this generation, in Jesus’ name, amen.