Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.

Mark 5: 41, 42

 

As Luke relates this same event he tells us that the girl’s father is named Jairus. This doesn’t matter much in the process of understanding the nature of what happens here, but it does make all of this very personal. This is not just some father; this is a real man named Jairus. This is not about an unknown little girl; we are witnessing an account of the return to life from death of a specific twelve-year-old daughter of one real man. This is all very personal. Nothing that transpires is for the show of it. Jesus turns from His journey and away from the apparent goals of the day in order to do what He was truly about. That is, He heals the sick. He cares for the most intimate and the most pressing of the needs of individual people.

 

There is sickness and disease loose in our land. All of us are sick and in need of healing. Everyone is headed along a path that leads to death. However, when we are born, that road is absolute, and it heads in the singular direction that is marked by an eternity of separation from God. In simple human words we call this final resting place Hell. Yet according to God’s Word, rest is not one of its characteristics. What Jesus gives to us is an answer to our distance from our God. He brings healing to this little girl, and He brings it to anyone who accepts Him as Savior and Lord. It was faith that saved Jairus’ daughter, and it is faith that heals us as well.

 

As I said, all of us are sick. Many, if not most, of us will face real physical, bodily attacks by disease and injury of various kinds. All of us encounter spiritual struggles and instances when sin overcomes our righteous intent. Christ is with us as He was with the girl, that is, personally and individually. He comes to our place of confinement, and He speaks words of healing and restoration. His Spirit comforts us along the way of the journey that we are on. Then, just like He did with Jairus’ precious child, Christ feeds us the sustaining food of His love, grace, and mercy.