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Time to Live Again

Mark 5:41-43
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 began to walk 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. (NIVUK)

Despite having all the authority of the Godhead in His body (Colossians 2:9), Jesus was amazingly gentle.  Entering the home where the girl was lying without any sign of life, and having dismissed the wailing and mocking women, Jesus went to the girl's body with her parents, and Peter, James and John.  The strong words of command which rebuked evil spirits (Mark 1:23-26) or commanded faith (Mark 2:14), were not necessary as He took the girl by the hand, and new life flowed into her.  Simple words effected a dramatic resurrection.  They were addressed to the girl herself, not to any demonic power, and in the common Aramaic language of ordinary people.  The kindness of God is a Biblical and practical reality – and always expressed in ways that people can understand (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).

There was no delay – the twelve-year-old got up immediately, walked around and had something to eat.  Whatever Jairus may have expected, this was so different.  But then, he had trusted in the person of Jesus - not trusted Jesus for an expected result.  The synagogue ruler had come to Jesus and placed his life into Divine hands.  That was all that was needed. There was nothing more that faith could do.  There was no 'name it and claim it' theology here, just a simple giving over to Jesus the decisions about where to go, what to do and who to be with ... and then to go with whatever Jesus said.  This was real faith (Acts 3:16).

Although the resurrection miracle comes as a climax to the story, don't forget that it was the straightforward, patient faith of her father that sets the scene.  Asking Jesus to be involved and then letting Him take charge and allowing Jesus to work, despite logical objections, is the hallmark of true faith.  Jesus commanded it of Jairus, and he was obedient (Mark 5:36).  The outcome was not to advertise Jesus' powers to the synagogue of town's people, but to show the trainee disciples that nothing is impossible for Jesus (Luke 1:37).  They were all amazed.  It was an unforgettable experience.  Later they would remember and advertise Jesus' power and kindness with confidence (Acts 4:1-8).

Today, many so called 'intellectual' objections are used to justify lack of faith.  They get their reward - the absence of God's intervening power.  This is often as much a problem for disciples as with the crowd.  Perhaps it is time to reassess our own willingness to make way for Jesus, and to follow His logic rather than demanding that He should copy ours.  We may claim to have faith, but the reality of our faith becomes visible when circumstances do not fit our plans.  For the watching non-Christian, our willing obedience to trust Jesus in apparently impossible circumstances is the challenge to them to trust Him also.

Father God. Thank You that there is power in the Name of Jesus. Forgive me for my weak faith, assuming that if I do not think something is possible then it cannot happen. Please give me a fresh insight into my own life - if it is being lived in faith or not. Help me to consciously let You work in my life so that I may know Your blessing, and that others can be challenged to obey Your call also. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams