What Jesus Did! 'Astounding!' — Mark 5:42-43

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The girl stood up and began walking. (The girl was twelve years old.) The father and mother and the followers were amazed. Jesus gave the father and mother very strict orders not to tell people about this. Then Jesus told them to give the girl some food to eat.
— Mark 5:42-43 NLT
Illustration of Mark 5:42-43 NLT —  Then Jesus told them to give the girl some food to eat.

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 "absolutely overwhelmed," and how could they not be? There is no place for us to put this in the normal range of human experiences. How does one understand this 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 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


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.