As we saw in our previous study, the woman with the issue of blood had intercepted Jesus as He was on His way to heal Jairus’ daughter. Here we pick up the original story again. Mark reveals that the Lord Jesus Christ is mightier than death. We know that one day death will be eradicated forever, “He will swallow up death in victory” (Isaiah 25:8) … “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26).
“And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him … While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?” (Mark 5:21-24, 35).
No matter what wealth and authority a person may have, they cannot avoid sickness and death. The daughters of rich men will “go the way of all the earth” in exactly the same way as those of the poor (1 Kings 2:2). Money cannot guarantee health and longevity. Until the day that Christ returns we will all die, “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
It is only in Heaven that there is no possibility of getting sick or dying, “And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity” (Isaiah 33:24) … “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4). This is why our “affection” ought to be on “things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).
“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly” (Mark 5:36-38).
The news that his daughter was dead must have been a devastating blow to Jairus, but Jesus was not hindered by it. He was on His way to heal the child. Nothing stops Him completing what He set out to do. He was going to keep His promise to Jairus. Jesus encouraged the distraught father to cast out his sorrow and anxiety by believing that he would see his daughter alive and well again. “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
As the group approached the house much wailing and moaning could be heard from the professional mourners. How quickly death draws a crowd, and especially if there is money involved!
“And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat” (Mark 5:39-43).
The Lord Jesus Christ put a stop to the racket (both the wailing and the money kind) of the mourners. Though the girl was clinically dead, her spirit had not yet left her body. The One who is “The Life” (John 14:6) has the power to reunite the soul with the body. Though the bystanders maintained that the girl was dead, it is likely that she was in a deep coma, which in some cases is as good as being dead. This is probably the reason why Jesus said that she was sleeping. Jesus simply spoke to the lifeless body and breath returned to the little girl. The words “Talitha cumi” can be interpreted as “Little lamb, it is time to get up” (Pilgrim’s Study Bible). Whereas her death caused a great commotion, her resurrection brought about “great astonishment”. Not only had a wonderful change taken place in her body, but the house was transformed from death and sadness to life and rejoicing. Every person present had met the One who is “Resurrection, and the Life” (John 11:25). We can only imagine what joy Jairus must have had throughout his life after the Lord gave him back his daughter. He must have told and retold the story thousands of times; Matthew 9:26 informs us that “the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.”
A greater miracle than this can take place in the souls of the children God has placed in our care. Our desire is to see them set free from sin and death to “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). The Lord can quicken every dead soul amongst our family and friends just as He did with ours, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).
The raising of Jairus’ daughter is a foretaste of what Christ will do for us at His Second Appearing, when He will reunite the spirit with the soul and body of every person who ever lived. “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17) … “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:51-55) … “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction” (Hosea 13:14). Not one of His lambs will be missing, for He will fulfil His promise of abundant life to all who believe, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).