Jesus went to the house. Jesus let only Peter, John, James, and the girl's father and mother go inside with him. Jesus did not let any other person go inside. All the people were crying and feeling sad because the girl was dead. But Jesus said, "Don't cry. She is not dead; she is only sleeping." The people laughed at Jesus, because they knew that the girl was dead.
— Luke 8:51-53 NLT
The miracle that is described in the verses that follow is witnessed by just a few well chosen people—mom, dad, Peter, James, and John. Why? Jesus didn't do miracles to show out, to raise money, or to garner a following. Jesus did his miracles to demonstrate God's love for broken people. This was a moment of grief and heartbreak. It was also a moment of incredible joy and wonder. Jesus was not about to let the crowd dominate and hijack this moment from Jairus and his wife. However, to the chosen few, Jesus reveals that in his presence, death becomes only sleep.
Heavenly Father, give me faith to believe that, because of my faith in your Son, death becomes a brief parting and not a permanent separation. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- 1 Thessalonian 4:13-18
- 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
- 2 Corinthians 5:6-9
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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