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

Monday, May 29, 2023

Then Jesus took [the dead girl] by the hand and said in a loud voice, "My child, get up!" And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were overwhelmed, but Jesus insisted that they not tell anyone what had happened.
— Luke 8:54-56 NLT

Key Thought

I had a good friend who lost his hearing when he was just a boy. He talked about the next words he would 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 death was no match for Jesus in this encounter with a dead girl, all other death is also 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 reminding me 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


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Illustration of Luke 8:54-56 NLT — "My child, get up!"

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What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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