Mk.5:41-43 – 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! Jesus had them bring her something to eat. And he repeatedly cautioned them that they were to tell no one about what had happened.
It is impossible to overestimate the power of God’s word. Recently Parris and I were in Grayson Beach and found ourselves peering into the heavens late at night. The immensity of God’s creation revealed in the universe is breathtaking. All that exists is created and sustained by the power of His word. When Jesus walked into the little dead girl’s house there were two human responses going on. There was weeping and mourning for the loss of this young girl and mocking and ridicule when Jesus said she was just asleep. The power of God is foreign to the natural man and seems to be absolute foolishness. To those who are born again His power is life itself. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this scene.
“Her return to life, after a short visit to the congregation of the dead: He took her by the hand (as we do by one that we would awake out of sleep, and help up), and he called, saying, Maid, arise. Thus the hand of Christ’s grace goes along with the calls of his word, to make them effectual. Here that is expressed which was only implied in the other evangelists, that her spirit came again; her soul returned again to animate her body. This plainly proves that the soul exists and acts in a state of separation from the body, and therefore is immortal; that death does not extinguish this candle of the Lord, but takes it out of a dark lantern.”
I love this, “Little girl wake up!” She was not dead in His world, she was only asleep. We know God’s word is all powerful and has many diverse applications. I wonder if the Lord’s command is also for His sleeping sons and daughters today? Listen carefully I think He is calling out to us. “My son, my daughter – Wake up – Awake from your sleep of death a new day is dawning on my Church”.