What Jesus Did! 'Get Up, Little Girl!' — Mark 5:40-41

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

But all the people laughed at Jesus. Jesus told the people to leave the house. Then Jesus went into the room where the child was. He brought the child's father and mother and his three followers into the room with him. Then Jesus held the girl's hand and said to her, "Talitha, koum!" (This means, "Little girl, I tell you to stand up!")
— Mark 5:40-41 NLT
Illustration of Mark 5:40-41 NLT — "Talitha, koum!"   ——   "Little girl, I tell you to stand up!"

Key Thought

Yes, people laugh at the thought of anyone being raised from the dead. The thought is ridiculous. The possibility is beyond the realm of our experience. But Jesus takes those who have faith, or those whom he wants to have faith, and involves them privately. This is not an attempt to show off or to prove himself to the masses. This is a real need and a real girl and a real time of sorrow. And Jesus changes it all by his word of command, "Get up!" He will one day say the same to those of us who have died before his return and we will rise from death as well.

Today's Prayer

Gracious God and Almighty Father, thank you for conquering death and bringing us life. I truly believe that you raised Jesus from the dead and I am confident that you will one day raise me if I have died before his return or transform me if I am blessed to be alive at his return. Give me the courage to live boldly for you based upon this conviction. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 5:24-30
  • John 11:25-26
  • 1 Corinthians 15:42-44

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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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