As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”
And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and 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.” Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.
Most of us can observe a sequence of events that either brought us to Christ or gave us a negative excuse for eliminating Him as Savior and Lord of our lives. That old nature within us can foul up our thinking to the point where we honestly believe that we are better off remaining unsaved.
I would be remiss if I did not disclose that I had those feelings in my early teen-age years. It was virtually impossible to get my attention focused on spiritual things, and then suddenly I was confronted by the Holy Spirit of God in a most unusual setting. The portion of Scripture that I have selected today was in a traumatic moment of a man’s life. His daughter lay sick, so much so that he realized that she was about to die. (Mark 5:21-43)
The people had pressed on Jesus to hear him teach; they were so enamored with His teaching that He had to remain by the seashore. This man, Jairus, was an official in the synagogue. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He immediately implored Jesus, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.”
Jesus went with Him. Mind you, He was leaving a crowd to deal with one man whose daughter was dying. Nevertheless, the crowd followed Him, pressing upon Him.
The picture changes dramatically. A woman in the crowd, having had a blood issue for twelve years, touched his garment. Jesus turned to the crowd and asked: “Who touched my garments?” (A little girl 12 years old, and a woman who had a blood problem for twelve years, most interesting)
Jesus had time to stop and deal with an issue that was twelve years down the line. Meanwhile, a 12 year old was dying. Both were to experience the healing by the Savior, even though some might have thought that He was wrong.
He entered that home, and said to the official: “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” To the others present He said: “Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.” They laughed at Him!
In the midst of the most dramatic of experiences the official watched and listened. Jesus spoke: “Talitha kum!” Translated it means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” She got up and began to walk.
What type of experience is needed to turn you to Jesus? You could make it simple by doing it now, or He could make it as dramatic as approaching death, or death itself!