What Jesus Did! 'Astounding!' — Mark 5:42-43

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The girl stood up and began walking. (The girl was twelve years old.) The father and mother and the followers were amazed. Jesus gave the father and mother very strict orders not to tell people about this. Then Jesus told them to give the girl some food to eat.
— Mark 5:42-43
Illustration of Mark 5:42-43 —  Then Jesus told them to give the girl some food to eat.

Key Thought

There was an immediate change in the "state" of this girl. One moment she was dead. The next she was alive. Her parents were "absolutely overwhelmed," and how could they not be? There is no place for us to put this in the normal range of human experiences. How does one understand this or even contemplate such an event? Trying to explain it to someone else does not make sense. Jesus' power over death is astounding! Jesus is astounding.

Today's Prayer

Gracious and Almighty God, your power and grace are astounding. I know that you have power over death which is at work within me. Help me, dear Father, to cling to the memories I have of your gracious love and patience as I try to deal with death personally or confront it through my friendships with others. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus went in the boat back across to the other side of the lake. There, many people gathered around him by the lake. A leader of the synagogue came to that place. His name was Jairus. Jairus saw Jesus and bowed down before him. Jairus begged and begged Jesus. He said, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her. Then she will be healed and will live." So Jesus went with Jairus. Many people followed Jesus. They were pushing very close around him. A woman was there among the people. This woman had been bleeding for the past twelve years. The woman suffered very much. Many doctors tried to help her. All the money she had was spent. But she was not improving. Her sickness was becoming worse. The woman heard about Jesus. So she followed Jesus with the people and touched his coat. The woman thought, "If I can touch his clothes, that will be enough to heal me." When the woman touched his coat, her bleeding stopped. The woman felt that her body was healed from the suffering. And Jesus felt power go out from him. So he stopped and turned around. Then he asked, "Who touched my clothes?" The followers said to Jesus, "There are many people pushing against you. But you ask, 'Who touched me?'" But Jesus continued looking for the person that touched him. The woman knew that she was healed. So she came and bowed at Jesus' feet. The woman was shaking with fear. She told Jesus the whole story. Jesus said to the woman, "Dear woman, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace. You will have no more suffering." Jesus was still there speaking. Some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. The men said, "Your daughter is dead. There is now no need to bother the teacher (Jesus)." But Jesus did not care what the men said. Jesus said to the synagogue leader, "Don't be afraid; only believe." Jesus let only Peter, James, and John the brother of James go with him. Jesus and these followers went to the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. Jesussaw many people there crying loudly. There was much confusion. Jesus entered the house and said to the people, "Why are you people crying and making so much noise? This child is not dead. She is only sleeping." But all the people laughed at Jesus. Jesus told the people to leave the house. Then Jesus went into the room where the child was. He brought the child's father and mother and his three followers into the room with him. Then Jesus held the girl's hand and said to her, "Talitha, koum!" (This means, "Little girl, I tell you to stand up!") The girl stood up and began walking. (The girl was twelve years old.) The father and mother and the followers were amazed. Jesus gave the father and mother very strict orders not to tell people about this. Then Jesus told them to give the girl some food to eat.

Mark 5:21-43

Related Scripture Readings

The followers were very afraid and asked each other, "What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the water obey him!"

Mark 4:41

So I bow in prayer before the Father. Every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name from him. I ask the Father with his great glory to give you the power to be strong in your spirits. He will give you that strength through his Spirit.

Ephesians 3:14-16

Jesus died for us so that we can live together with him. It is not important if we are alive or dead {when Jesus comes}. So encourage each other and make each other stronger {in faith}. And you are doing that now.

1 Thessalonians 5:10-11

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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