What Jesus Did! 'Astounding!' — Mark 5:41-43

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Holding [the dead girl's] hand, [Jesus] said to her, "Talitha koum," which means "Little girl, get up!" And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! [The girl's parents and the three disciples] were overwhelmed and totally amazed. Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.
— Mark 5:41-43 NLT

Key Thought

There was an immediate change in the "state" of this girl. One moment she was dead. The next she was alive. Her parents were "overwhelmed and totally amazed," and how could they not be? There is no place for us to put this occurrence in the normal range of human experiences. How does one understand this event or even contemplate such an event? Trying to explain it to someone else does not make sense. Jesus' power over death is astounding! Jesus is astounding.

Today's Prayer

Gracious and Almighty God, your power and grace are astounding. I know that you have power over the physical death which is at work within me. Help me, dear Father, to cling to the memories I have of your gracious love and patience as I try to deal with death personally or confront it through my friendships with others. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 4:41
  • Ephesians 3:14-16
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:10-11


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Illustration of Mark 5:41-43 NLT — "Talitha koum,"   ——   "Little girl, get up!"

About This Devotional

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.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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