What Jesus Did! 'Her Life Returned' — Luke 8:54-56

Friday, May 29, 2015

But Jesus held her hand and called to her, "Little girl, stand up!" Her spirit came back into her and she stood up immediately. Jesus said, "Give her something to eat." The girl's parents were amazed. Jesus told them not to tell any person about what happened.
— Luke 8:54-56 NLT
Illustration of Luke 8:54-56 NLT — "Little girl, stand up!"   ——   "Give her something to eat."

Key Thought

I have a good friend who lost his hearing when he was just a boy. He talks about the first words he will ever hear. At the coming of the Lord, Jesus will say to him, "Lloyd, it's time to get up and go home with me!" Each of us who belongs to the Lord will one day hear that same voice, and everything will change, including us! Just as in this encounter with a dead girl, death is no match for the touch of Jesus and the sharp command of his voice. He has power over death. Those who belong to him will hear his voice and death will be overcome forever!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for the victory that is mine in Jesus Christ my Lord. I praise you for overcoming death through Jesus' resurrection from the dead and sharing that victory with me. Thank you for giving me a reminder each week of this victory as I greet each Sunday and remember the Lord's victory over death. In his name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 5:25-26
  • Romans 8:18-25
  • 1 Corinthians 15:51-57


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.