Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with him. ‘My little daughter is dying,’ he said. ‘Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.’
Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, ‘If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed’ Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.
Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my robe?’
His disciples said to him, ‘Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’’
But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. And he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.’
While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, ‘Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.’
But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.’
Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. He went inside and asked, ‘Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.’
The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her hand, he 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! They 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.”
One verse in this entire passage completely takes my breath away. One phrase brings tears to my eyes and renews my hope.
I believe that many of us can relate to Jairus’ daughter in this scene. I believe that there are young women who feel quite simply, dead. Life has beaten them so badly that they are left hopeless and ashamed, stripped of their joy and purpose in life. Others may feel that they have messed up so badly, or have taken their lives so far off course that they can never be redeemed and that their life can never be filled with pure joy and grace because of the choices they have made. There are some that believe that they are too bad and too late for Jesus’ healing, grace and love. But it is never too late. You can never be “too bad”. There is always time for restoration. There is always time for healing. There is always time for new life.
Everyone around this little girl saw death in her. But Jesus saw life. He took her hand and spoke directly to her, Talitha koum…..little girl….get up. Jesus spoke life into this little girl. He brought her back in complete fullness through these words. It is never possible to be too “dead” to be brought back to life through Christ. Jesus will renew our spirit. He refreshes our joy, he revitalizes our purpose and he completes our healing.
Today is a new day. Today is the day when we can defeat fear and failure. Today we can have faith in Jesus’ words, talitha koum. We can get up from our knockdown. We can get up from our disappointments. We can get up from our mistakes. We can get up from our past. Through the power of Jesus, we can get up. We can have life back.
Today is the day of new life. A day of restoration, a day of purpose. Jesus brings healing and power to those who believe it. All you have to do is have faith. Will you believe his words that he says to you?
Little girl….Get up