The events of the day had been stunning. A 12 year old had just been raised from the dead.
At Jesus command, she got up from the dead and walked around. Everyone was beside themselves. She was 12. She had died. Now she was alive.
God is great. Nothing is impossible with Him. Oh my goodness, she is alive. Jesus did it.
- What is Jesus first concern after He has raised her from the dead? She is hungry. Get her some food.
- Jesus knows what is important and when it is important. He never ignores what we need and when we need it.
- That is just the way God is. God is good and in a good mood.
God knows when we are hungry and will give us something to eat.
But when he had sent them all out, he took the child’s father and mother, along with his companions, and entered the child’s room. He clasped the girl’s hand and said, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, get up.” At that, she was up and walking around! This girl was twelve years of age. They, of course, were all beside themselves with joy. He gave them strict orders that no one was to know what had taken place in that room. Then he said, “Give her something to eat.” (Mark 5:40-43 The Message)
Unbelief laughs at God’s Word, but faith lays hold of it and experiences the power of God. Jesus did not make a spectacle of this miracle. He was sensitive to the feelings of the parents and grieved by the scornful attitude of the mourners.
Talitha cumi is Aramaic for “Little girl, get up!” Jesus added, “I say unto you” (with the emphasis on the I), because it was by His authority that her spirit returned to her body. The words were not some magic formula that anybody might use to raise the dead.
The girl not only came back to life, but was also healed of her sickness. She was able to get out of bed and walk around. Always the loving Physician, Jesus instructed the astounded parents to give her some food lest she have a relapse.
Divine miracles never replace commonsense human care; otherwise, we are tempting God.
As with previous miracles, Jesus told the witnesses to keep quiet. Perhaps the word got out from the mourners that the girl had been “in a coma” and had not actually been dead. According to them, there had not been a miracle after all!
However, there had been witnesses to the miracle. The Law required only two or three witnesses for confirmation of truth, but for this miracle there were five witnesses! We have reason to conclude that Jairus and his wife became believers in Jesus the Messiah, though there is no further mention of them in Mark’s record. All her life, the daughter was a witness to the power of Jesus the Messiah.
God’s Servant is the conqueror over danger, demons, disease, and death. This series of miracles illustrates how Jesus met and helped all kinds of people, from His own disciples to a pair of demoniacs; and it assures us that He is able to help us today.
This does not mean that God always must rescue His people from danger or heal every affliction, It does mean that He holds the ultimate authority and that we need never fear.
We are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37).