through His Word
The third blogger in our “What Easter Means to Me” series is Carol Akin, a dear writer friend from Virginia. She shares about something precious that is possible because of Jesus’ power and resurrection—healing and new life.
After Jesus confronted the woman who touched the hem of His garment and received healing because she believed, the ruler of the synagogue received news that there was no longer a need to trouble the Master for his daughter was now dead. Jesus looked at him and said, “Do not be afraid; only believe” (Mark 5:36, NKJV). Jesus was sending a clear message. There is power in believing in Him.
Jesus immediately went with the ruler to his household where He shut out the crowds. As He took the girl’s hand, He said, “Talitha, cumi”—“Little girl, I say to you, arise” (Mark 5:41, NKJV). And immediately she arose and walked. There are records of resurrections by Elijah and Elisha in the Old Testament and by the disciples and Paul in the New Testament. And we see Christ raising the widow’s son and now the ruler’s daughter.
In John 11:25 (KJV), we hear Christ affirm to Martha, whose brother Lazarus had died, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. Believeth thou this?”
In John 5:21 Christ explains that it is the Father that has shown Him how to do great works, and He states “For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it” (NIV).
While John confirms that Jesus can heal or raise whomever he wishes, it is evident from Jesus’ question to Martha and His command to the ruler of the synagogue, that our belief moves His hand. That’s not to say that Jesus can’t resurrect or heal simply because He wants to or because it is the will of the Father. But certainly there is evidence that our faith sways His heart to heal, to raise and to save (Romans 10:9-13).
The crowning moment of Jesus’ ministry came on Easter morning. He had finished His work on Calvary, and it was the day to proclaim His victory over death, hell, and the grave—our hope for eternal life. But for those of us who believe, it is also our own personal Talitha, cumi representing newness, healing, a chance to rise up to a new walk. Talitha, cumi. HOPE—because we have put our faith and trust in Him; we believe.
If you are bound by fear and hopelessness, come to Jesus, leaving your fear behind, and believe. None of the recorded resurrections in the Bible came with instructions to bring a sacrifice, say incessant prayers, or do good works. The recorded commands included a cessation from fear and to “only believe.” As the ruler arrived home and as Mary and Martha confronted the mourners at the tomb, their faith was tested. Yet even in the face of evidence they should fear, they chose to “only believe.” And joy came with the Master’s words, another type of “Talitha, cumi”—“Lazarus, come forth.”
On resurrection morning, as the women who had followed Jesus came to the tomb to anoint the Lord’s body, they didn’t believe. They were sorrowing. The angels instructed them much like Jesus had spoken to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid” (Matt 28:5, NKJV). The angels told them Jesus had risen just as He said and instructed them to go forth with the message of the resurrection. They believed the angels’ report and immediately ran to deliver the message of the resurrection to the disciples.
While most of us relate resurrection to Christ’s coming and a reuniting with loved ones for eternity, the resurrections that Jesus performed during His earthly ministry extended life here on earth, time to minister—to go and tell the Good News. It is interesting that after the resurrection of the young girl, Scripture speaks of her walking. After the resurrection of our Lord, it is recorded that the women were running, and Jesus instructed those at the grave site to loose Lazarus and let him go. The widow’s son began to speak (Luke 7:15). The resurrection of Christ should move us from fear to belief, from sorrow to joy, from paralysis to walking and running, and from silence to speaking—going with a new message of His coming, which is our ultimate day of resurrection and new life.
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus and know that you need spiritual life, let the risen Lord take your hand and hear Him say “Talitha, cumi”—“(Your name), arise”—over you. Have faith in His death to pay for your sin and in His resurrection (Rom 10:9)—He is a living Savior! Your resurrection will bring new life and hope both for this life and for eternity. You will find purpose and mission.
If you are emotionally shattered or physically sick, seek Jesus for healing. No matter what others may say or circumstances dictate, follow the Master, the One who has proven His power over life and death. He can resurrect souls from spiritual death, and He has the power to restore emotional wholeness and physical soundness. This fallen world has been tainted by sin, and our hearts can become crushed and our bodies sick. But in heaven, we will forever be free from sorrow and pain, disease and sickness. Don’t let fear hold you back from believing in Jesus for eternal life and strength for daily life. Remember the words of Scripture: “Come forth.” “Fear not! Only believe!” “Talitha, cumi!” Then rise up to go with the message of the resurrection.
© Copyright 2015 by Carol A. Akin
Carol A. Akin
Carol recently retired and turned her focus to completing her first book, which outlines God’s formula for The Abundant Life. She and her agent hope to see it published in 2015. Her blog focuses on the seven key relationships of our lives.
A PK (preacher’s kid) and Bible college graduate, she has taught children, teens, women, seniors, and men transitioning from recovery. Regardless of age or circumstance, she has found God is able to meet each person right where they are and satisfy their longing heart. She loves working in her church and community and studying God’s Word. Carol lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, Hank, and two pugs. She has 5 children and 5 grandchildren.
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