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
Illustration of Luke 8:54-56 — "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.

Today's Verses in Context

When Jesus went back to Galilee, the people welcomed him. Everyone was waiting for him. A man named Jairus came to Jesus. Jairus was a leader of the synagogue. Jairus had only one daughter. She was twelve years old, and she was dying. So Jairus bowed down at the feet of Jesus and begged him to come to his house. While Jesus was going {to Jairus' house}, the people came all around him. A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had spent all her money on doctors, but no doctor was able to heal her. The woman came behind Jesus and touched the bottom of his coat. At that moment, her bleeding stopped. Then Jesus said, "Who touched me?" All the people said they had not touched Jesus. Peter said, "Master, the people are all around you and are pushing against you." But Jesus said, "Someone touched me! I felt power go out from me." When the woman saw that she could not hide, she came forward, shaking. She bowed down before Jesus. While all the people listened, she told why she touched Jesus. Then she said that she was healed immediately when she touched him. Jesus said to her, "My daughter, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace." While Jesus was still speaking, a person came from the house of the synagogue leader (Jairus) and said, "Your daughter has died! Don't bother the teacher (Jesus) now." Jesus heard this. He said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid! Just believe and your daughter will be well." 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. 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 parentswere amazed. Jesus told them not to tell any person about what happened.

Luke 8:40-56

Related Scripture Readings

I tell you the truth. An {important} time is coming. That time is already here. People that are dead {in sin} will hear the voice of the Son of God. And the people that {accept the things they} hear {from the Son} will have life {forever}. Life comes from the Father (God) himself. So the Father has also allowed the Son (Jesus) to give life.

John 5:25-26

We have sufferings now. But the sufferings we have now are nothing compared to the great glory that will be given to us. Everything that God made is waiting with excitement for the time when God will show the world who his children are. The whole world wants very much for that to happen. Everything God made was changed to be like it was worth nothing. It did not want to change, but God decided to change it. But there was this hope: That everything God made would be made free from ruin (decay). There was hope that everything God made would have the freedom and glory that belong to God's children. We know that everything God made has been waiting until now in pain like a woman ready to give birth to a child. Not only the world, but we also have been waiting with pain inside us. We have the Spirit as the first part of God's promise. So we are waiting for God to finish making us his own children. I mean we are waiting for our bodies to be made free. We were saved, and we have this hope. If we can see what we are waiting for, then that is not really hope. People don't hope for something they already have. But we are hoping for something that we don't have yet. We are waiting for it patiently.

Romans 8:18-25

But listen, I tell you this secret: We will not all die, but we will all be changed. It will only take the time of a second. We will be changed as quickly as an eye blinks. This will happen when the last trumpet blows. The trumpet will blow and those {believers} who have died will be raised to live forever. And we {also} will all be changed. This {body} that will ruin must clothe itself with something that will never ruin. And this {body} that dies must clothe itself with something that will never die. So this {body} that ruins will clothe itself with that which never ruins. And this body that dies will clothe itself with that which never dies. When this happens, then the Scriptures will be made true: "Death is swallowed (defeated) in victory." "Death, where is your victory? Grave, where is your power to hurt?" Death's power to hurt is sin. And the power of sin is the law. But we thank God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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.

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