What Jesus Did! 'Just Asleep' — Mark 5:38-39

Monday, April 4, 2016

Jesus and these followers went to the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. Jesus saw 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."
— Mark 5:38-39 NLT
Illustration of Mark 5:38-39 NLT — "Why are you people crying and making so much noise? This child is not dead. She is only sleeping."

Key Thought

One of the ways early Christians spoke of the death of a believer was to say that they had "fallen asleep." While I am not sure they had this encounter with Jesus in mind when they used the term, it is easy to see how they could have made the connection. In the presence of Jesus, death becomes mere sleep as believers await the dawn of their Lord's glorious and triumphant coming.

Today's Prayer

O LORD God, thank you for sending your Son to destroy the power of death over us. Help me to truly believe that at its worst, death is no more than a peaceful sleep until we are awakened with the dawn of your Son's return. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 2:14-15
  • 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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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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