Talitha, Koum! – Mark 5

            Do you have a favorite Bible story? Maybe you love hearing about Joshua and the wall of Jericho, or maybe David and Goliath, or Jesus birth. I loved hearing my mom tell the stories from the Bible; she was my favorite Sunday school teacher. I especially loved hearing her talk about some of her favorites; Ruth and Naomi, Elisha and the Shunamite woman, Dorcas. But my favorite is this story of Jesus and Jairus’ daughter.

            Jesus stepped out of the boat and was immediately surrounded by people. Out of the crowd stepped Jairus, a ruler of the local synagogue. He fell down at Jesus feet and begged Him to heal his daughter who was very ill. Jesus agreed to go with him.

            As the crowd around Jesus pressed in a woman who had been suffering from a debilitating bleeding disease, which had cost her not only her health but also her livelihood and all her money, stepped close enough to touch Jesus clothing. She thought, “If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.” (vs 28 NIV) Jesus stopped and looked around the crowd knowing what had happened and asking who had touched Him. The woman stepped up and confessed what had happened. Instead of condemning her, Jesus replied, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (vs 33 NIV)

            At that point, some men approached Jairus and told him that his daughter had died and there was no longer any point in bothering Jesus. Jesus turned to Jairus and said, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (vs 36 NIV) Jesus made everyone but Jairus, Peter, James and John stay behind as they went on to Jairus’ home. Upon arriving, Jesus told the mourners that “The child is not dead but asleep.” (vs 39 NIV) They laughed at Him but stepped out of His way as He, the parents and the three disciples entered the girl’s room.

            I can just see the look of tenderness in His eyes as He looked on this little one, who He loved, and can hear the love in His voice as He gently took her hand and said, “Talitha, koum!” (Little girl, arise!) And she opened her eyes and got up, alive and well.

            That’s the kind of God we serve. He has power over sickness. He has power over death. He has compassion on us, especially in our time of greatest pain or need. He loves us and always wants what is best for us. Throw yourself at His feet; tell Him your need, your fears, your pain, and then watch for Him to heal your hurting heart and work His will in your life. Prepare to be amazed!

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