Mark 5: Life and Death
Jesus was an interesting man to say the least, and in Mark 5 we see His power on display as He raised the daughter of Jairus. Today though, I want to focus on what happened at the end of this episode.
Mar 5:39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
Mar 5:40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
Mar 5:41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
Mar 5:42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
Mar 5:43 And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
I know that this is not a modern story, but the people would have known that the daughter was dead. I know that maybe there could be some type of counterargument that when Jesus said his daughter was sleeping, she really was. However, even without modern technology, it is rather easy to tell if someone is dead or alive, and you do not tell a child’s parents that their child has died unless you have confirmed that.
I think that is why the people laughed at Jesus and doubted. As we have always said about the resurrection of Jesus Christ Himself, dead people do not normally rise. They certainly would have known that the girl was dead.
That is why this story is so powerful. Everyone in that room would have understood death. You watch someone for a few minutes, and if they have not taken any type of breath during that time, it is pretty obvious that he or she has passed on. It does not take remarkable scientific knowledge to figure that out.
Therefore, if everyone understood death, then they also would have been forced to understand the power that Jesus brought to the situation. How else do you explain that people are agreed she was dead and then agreed that she was alive?
It is one of those stories that is hard to label as some type of trickery. All the witnesses would have clearly understood the natural order of life and death, so to see it messed up like this would have made them question who this Jesus really was. Who had that kind of power?