He permitted no-one to follow him except Peter, James and John, the brother of James. … When he had put them all outside, he … When he had put them all outside, he … entered where the child was lying. Then he took the child by the hand and said to her, Talitha cumi, which is translated, Little girl, I say to you, Arise!
Only three of Jesus’ disciples accompanied Him into Jairus’ house. These and the child’s parents were the only ones He permitted to enter the room where the dead girl lay. The Lord did not wish to cause a stir through His miracle and become known thereby. The mourning women and the musicians had already arrived and were in the house. Funerals in the east are noisy events, but the Lord chose to do things quietly. Today, too, the granting of eternal life is a purely personal matter between God and the individual.
The Lord Jesus grasped the dead girl’s hand. He did not act from a distance nor in any bureaucratic procedure. He deals with every situation as befits it. Everyone who comes to Him and undergoes the miracle of regeneration, passing from spiritual death to eternal life, experiences the Lord personally. He devotes Himself to each one individually.
“Little girl. I say to you, Arise!” A simple sentence, but what an effect! God’s message is not complex. The Lord Jesus’ words are simply and readily understood. So, too, are the words of the Bible: clear, comprehensible and to the point. How do we react to God’s sayings? Do we allow them to judge our life? The Lord would like to grasp my hand and say, “Arise!” I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Then I have life from God.
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