My.5:41,42 – He tenderly clasped the child’s hand in his and said to her in Aramaic, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, wake up from the sleep of death.” Instantly the twelve-year-old girl sat up, stood to her feet, and started walking around the room! Everyone was overcome with astonishment in seeing this miracle!
The miracles in the gospels often give us a glimpse into the gentleness and fatherly care of our Lord. Isaiah had it right when He prophesied about the coming Messiah and referred to Him as “Everlasting Father”. When Jesus arrived at Jairus’s house the people there were in full on grief. Remember, Jairus was the leader of the synagogue in that town and his home was filled with family, friends, town leaders, and even professional mourners (common in that day). Jesus announced that the girl was only asleep. The result, immediately the grieving turned into mocking. These folks thought Jesus was a fanatical wack job, Jairus just wanted his daughter back. What Jesus said next opens our eyes to His compassion, ‘Talitha koum’. This was an Aramaic term of endearment much as our word sweetheart is. Jesus was calling this little ‘Sweetheart’ back to life. Here are some comments from the Passion Bible on this phrase.
“The Aramaic word talitha can also mean “little lamb.” The Greek word used here is korasion, which may be a hypocorism, similar to “sweetheart.” The tenderness of this moment is obvious in the text. However, some Hebrew scholars find in the word talitha a Hebrew root that could point to the tallit, or prayer cloak of Jesus, which he may have placed over the girl. This would make his words to mean, “Little girl under the prayer cloak, arise.” This fringed tallit had already been touched by a woman who received her healing previously in this chapter.”
After Jesus held the little girl’s hand and called out to her she was awakened from her sleep of death. The family was over the top with joy, the grieving turned into a joyful celebration. Jairus could never be the same. I wonder how those synagogue services went after that? I wonder how long Jairus testified at his synagogue until he lost his job? I can’t wait to hear the rest of Jairus and the little girls story. You know this miracle wasn’t the end of the story, it never is. Maybe Jesus is looking for another one of His ‘Sweethearts’, maybe you are the ‘Sweetheart’ He is looking for today.