Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 28, 2004
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 28, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our new book
of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
Please read the passage from Mark's Gospel and
Dr. Bochonok's meditation. We hope you will be
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Life after death
"Taking her by the hand Jesus said to her, 'Tal'itha
cu'mi;' which means, 'Little girl, I say to you,
arise.' And immediately the girl got up and walked
(she was twelve years of age), and they were
immediately overcome with amazement. And he
strictly charged them that no one should know
this, and told them to give her something to eat."
I love stories with a happy ending. When the
disbelieving crowd of mourners departed to another
area, only then would Jesus perform his astonishing
miracle. He did it in relative seclusion, away from
the prying eyes of those who ridiculed him. In the
presence of the little girl's parents, and Peter,
James, and John, Jesus gently took the little girl's
hand and said in Aramaic, "Little girl, I say to you,
get up!" The Bible tells us the twelve-year-old girl
awoke from the dead, stood up, and walked. She who
had once been dead was now alive.
It is impossible to know who was most astonished.
We can only imagine the tears of joy running down
the parents' faces. Even the seasoned disciples,
so accustomed to Jesus' amazing powers, were
flabbergasted. They had seen Jesus do incredible
things but to raise someone from the dead! They
were speechless. Perhaps even the little girl was
surprised at all the fuss being made about her.
She was not only very much alive, but even hungry.
Jesus, grinning with delight, reunited the living
child to her forever-grateful parents. The little
bedroom formerly filled with such sorrow and despair,
was now full of happy laughter and celebration.
Jesus had to gently remind the ecstatic parents
to give their daughter something to eat.
So why would Jesus then hush the joyful parents and
disciples, admonishing them to be silent about this
miracle? As Jesus' popularity among the common
people of that area grew, so did his opposition
from religious leaders. It would only be a matter
of time before the religious authorities would plot
and scheme for his death. But as much as the grateful
parents wanted to keep this miracle secret, the word
of this amazing event would immediately fly around
the Galilean countryside the moment the little girl
walked out of her bedroom.
What can we learn from this amazing story about faith,
hope, and love? In my opinion, Jesus is more than a
miracle worker, he can raise the dead. For the
believer, death is not the end. We can have hope
beyond the grave and look forward to reuniting with
loved ones in eternity. This is what I believe.
What do you believe about this amazing story?
O God, thank you for this amazing story of faith,
hope, and love. Give us the eyes of faith to see
this miracle of life after death. Bless us with
hope beyond the grave. We pray for these things
in the powerful name of Jesus Christ, who can raise
the dead. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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