23 When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, 24 He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. 25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went out into all that land.
On the way to heal this girl Jesus was stopped by the woman with the issue of blood. The crowd was all around Jesus as we can tell by the disciples comment that many people were pushing up against them, why would Jesus be surprised that someone “touched” him. So after this woman is publicly healed of a twelve-year condition, Jesus continues to the house of the ruler. When they arrived it was announced to them that the girl was no longer sick but was dead, nothing more could be done.
If you have ever been in a busy hospital room when the patient dies, something immediately changes. All of the work to keep that person alive, all of the beeping machines, all of the coming and going of the hospital staff, all of the effort to keep this person alive comes to an immediate halt. All machines are unplugged, no staff comes in, and an eerie quiet falls over the room.
The home of this little girl had just experienced this shift from care to mourning when Jesus showed up. And just as we would tell a new doctor coming into the room that the patient no longer needs that doctor’s help, so the family and friends of this little girl told Jesus that his services would no longer be needed. So when Jesus said to the grieving crowd that the girl was not dead but was only sleeping, they ridiculed him. Can you hear them, “Don’t play with our emotions, don’t try to excite our hopes, you got here too late to help, just leave us with our grief.”
Twice in my life I have attended a funeral of someone whom I did not know at all. I went with a mutual friend but found myself in a place that I did not belong. I suppose the family of this girl really felt that Jesus and his disciples did not belong there. It was their time to grieve.
It is important for us to set the stage for Christ’s actions of raising this girl. She was dead. There was nothing more that anyone could do. Jesus may as well take his bag of miracles and go home. But Jesus had a different plan. (We should be smiling by now.) He pushed past the mourners and the grieving family, he went to the room where the little girl’s dead body lay, he reached out and took her hand whereupon she opened her eyes, breathed, sat up, stood up and not only was alive but was no longer sick.
When was the last time we expected the Lord Jesus to do more than we could have expected? When was the last time we turned to him when all human hope was truly lost? When in our lives have we seen the Lord pick up those spiritually dead in their sins and restore them to new life in Himself? Pray for the Lord to raise those who are spiritually dead. Pray for Him to do that which only He can do. Pray for the life-giving Savior to give life to those whom you love and whose lives in their spiritual death bring you grief. Just as the people marveled that day, so we marvel every time God raises someone dead in their sins to life in Himself.
I am going to need your prayers today as I have to work through a difficult situation. Satan is our enemy and he is the consummate liar of the ages. Every time he speaks he lies and when we are struggling in one area, the enemy will lie in another area. Pray with me for guidance and for humility in a difficult time.
We do have a NMGC concert Sunday, just reminding you and inviting you to come.
Have a great day in the Lord,