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Talitha koum
Bible Passage Mark 5: 35- 43
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book Mark.

Talitha koum

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached August 18, 2023

35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the synagogue leader’s home and said, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher anymore?”

36 But when Jesus heard what they said, he told the synagogue leader, “Stop being afraid! Just keep on believing.”

37 Jesus allowed no one to go further with him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.

38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw mass confusion. People were crying and sobbing loudly.

39 He entered the house and asked them, “Why all this confusion and crying? The child isn’t dead. She’s sleeping.”

40 They laughed and laughed at him. But when he had driven all of them outside, he took the child’s father and mother, along with the men who were with him, and went into the room where the child was.

41 He took her by the hand and told her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Young lady, I tell you, get up!”

42 The young lady got up at once and started to walk. She was twelve years old. Instantly they were overcome with astonishment.

43 But Jesus strictly ordered them not to let anyone know about this. He also told them to give her something to eat.


The scripture under consideration is the report Jesus received about the death of the daughter of Jairus, a leader of the synagogue, and Jesus’ subsequent reaction. Jairus himself had already reported the ill health of her daughter to Jesus for healing. So he was with Jesus elsewhere before the news of the death came.

Jairus came to ask Jesus to come and heal his seriously ill daughter. Seeing that the man had faith, Jesus set off for his house (Mark 5:21-24). On the way they were interrupted by a sick woman who believed that if she could only touch Jesus’ clothing she would be healed. Her body had bled for 12 years. The doctors could not help her. Their bills were expensive. The woman became poor and still ill.

The woman’s faith sent her to touch the garment of Jesus in the crowd. Jesus knew that someone was seeking his help in this way, and did not want the person to be left with any superstitious ideas.

Against the wish of some of His disciples, Jesus spent time looking for the one who touched Him. He searched for the woman so that she might show her faith openly and be healed completely.

Jairus was still with Jesus when all these happened. While this was happening, Jairus’ daughter died. People came to tell Jairus. But Jesus told Jairus that he should not be afraid. Like the woman, Jairus too should believe in God.

Jesus responded by working a greater miracle than Jairus expected, for He brought the girl back to life.

The people at Jairus’ house were very sad. They wailed and screamed bitterly. Jesus told them that everything was well. But they did not believe Him.

Jesus went inside and allowed only five people to see the miracle, and He told them not to tell others what they had seen. He did not want people flocking to Him for the wrong reasons. Many people wanted to fight against the government, and they might think that God had sent Jesus to be their leader.

🔷 God has power over death, sickness, and all other life problems

🔷 There are no human laws binding the followers of Christ except to have faith in Jesus and to act as Him

🔷 God’s timing is always right since there is nothing too late for Him

💥 Pray for the sick
💥 Ask for patience to wait on the Lord

There is no death for those who believe in Christ Jesus and depend on Him always. God will restore His people unto goodness and everything that seemed lost shall be regained.

In series Bright Morning Reflections