While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 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. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
by: Paula Davis.
Jesus always knew who to include, both in the miracles He performed and in what He taught. This time, He left almost everyone behind in order to reach out to the daughter of a synagogue ruler and speak life into her body. It was an intimate time with the little girl and her family. Jesus wants to reach out to us as well, speaking life into parts of our lives that are dead. In His wisdom, Jesus sometimes waits until the crowds are behind us and we are alone so He can touch us and bring us back to life. Don’t forget to invite Him in.