Raising the Dead – No Big Deal?

talithacumi-400-webRaising the dead is not a big deal?! That’s the way the Bible seems to present it. The Bible mentions several instances where people were raised from the dead. Each time it is portrayed as if it was an everyday occurrence. Maybe raising the dead, or for that matter a miracle of any kind, was a much more common occurrence than we have thought. In the Gospel of John, it says that if all the things that Jesus did were ever fully written about, the world itself could not contain all the books that it would take. Miracles were common, and were core to the Gospel’s message and intent. The Bible is clear and consistent throughout – if you have faith, nothing is a big deal.

If you have faith, nothing is a big deal. Getting the faith is the big deal.

The following are three recorded instances where Jesus raised someone from the dead:

Jairus’ Daughter – Jairus, a leader of a local Synagogue pleads for Jesus to heal his gravely ill child. On the way to his home they are interrupted by another healing. During this time, they hear that the girl has died. Jesus is not concerned. He calms the father’s fears and continues on. Once at the home, He takes the girl by the hand and wakes her up. For Him it is comfortable and natural, but of course, for those around Him it is astonishing. (See Matthew 9:18 – 26, Mark 5:22 – 43, Luke 8:41 – 56)

Funeral Procession – While entering a neighboring town, Jesus happens to come across a funeral procession for the only son of a local widow. Upon seeing her, He feels compassion and stops the procession. He tells the man to get up, and he does. The text then simply states that, ‘He gave the young man back to his mother’. (See Luke 7:11 – 17)

Lazarus – Jesus loves Lazarus and his family, but after hearing of his illness, He waits two full days before going to his side. By the time He arrives in Bethany, Lazarus has been dead for four days. Apparently, He chose to raise him from the dead instead of healing him. Once at the grave site, He prays publicly to show the people that the Father is His source of authority, and then proceeds to call him out of the grave. (See John 11:1 – 44)

Jesus at times seemed oblivious to the circumstances around Him, but He always paid full attention to what He heard from the Father and what He knew from scripture. He fully submitted to them, and as we submit to them, we can do the same. After His resurrection He commanded His disciples, “To bring the dead back to life” – Matthew 10:8, and Mark 16:17 – 20. This miraculous ability was communicated on to man. The Bible is clear; resurrection power is not confined solely to Jesus, or even to the original Apostles, but it is for all those who can believe and will believe.

See how Paul describes the maximum amount of power available to those who believe:

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (19) and and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (20) which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, (21) far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:18-21

Both Peter and Paul raised people from the dead:

Peter Raises Dorcas – Two days after the death of a prominent local woman Peter is summoned. He arrives, prays, and then tells her to get up – simple, short, and to the point. Just like Jesus, no fanfare, just faith released through a command.

Paul in Troas – While Paul (not one of the original twelve Apostles) is teaching late one night a young man falls asleep and then falls from a third story window. He is picked up dead, but once Paul goes to him and embraces him, he declares that, “his life is in him.”

None of these instances were long and drawn out affairs. They simply commanded the people to wake up or get up, and they did. In addition to these instances, both Elijah and Elisha brought people back from the dead.

I’ve heard missionaries say that it is easier to raise the dead in a third world country than raise money, and easier to raise money in the USA than raise the dead. We know missionaries in third-world countries that do it regularly, although it has gotten much hard in the last few years.

You seem to get what you have faith for, and you have faith for that which you are willing to seek Him. It is as simple at that. The big question, and the only question is – Do you have faith; did God speak to you? If you have the faith, nothing is a big deal. Seek and hear from Him. On raising the dead, you must truly hear from God, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

You get what you have faith for, and you have faith for that which you are willing to seek Him.

Comments

    1. I share your heartache- my brother died this month too- having had surgery in July. I want him here with us longer and to live many more years. Please pray for a miracle of back to life. Before he is buried. Amen. I know only with God this is possible.

  1. HI JALAYA
    I SAID WANTED TO TELL YOU I AM BARELY HOLDING ON THAT MY CAT WILL RETURN I PRAY CONSTANTLY , ASK GOD TO CONFIRM TO ME HE HAS HEARD MY PRAYER AND MY MIRACLE IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN YET NOTHING , I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER I CAN DO THIS I AM WEARY , WEAK , NO JOY VERY UNHAPPY I FEEL ABANDONED LIKE LOST IN THE DESERT OR THE FOREST AND I CRY OUT NO ONE HEARS ME , I KNOW PEOPLE THINK IT IS SILLY BUT THEY DON’T UNDERSTAN THE BOND I HAD WITH HER AND MY CATS THEY GAVE ME JOY I EVERYDAY COULDN’T WAIT TO GET HOME TO SEE THEM , BECAUSE THEY GAVE ME UNCONDITINAL LOVE , NOT LIKE PEOPLE WHO TURN ON YOU BACKSTAB YOU AND I KNEW THEY LOVED ME AS MUCH AS I LOVE THEM SINCE SHE HAS BEEN GONE THE HOUSE ISNOT THE SAME EACH ONE OF MY THREE CATS HAD SPECIAL PERSONALITIES SHE WAS SPECIAL OUT OF ALL OF THEM 4 WEEKS AND SHE STILL NOT ARRIVE , I HAVE PRAYED THAT SHE WILL DEFEAT DEATH AND BE COMPLETELY HEALED AND LONGER LIFE IN THE NAME OD JESUS I GO TO HER GRAVE AND PRAY RISE RIS EI COMMAND IN THE NAME OF JESUS GO BACK INTO YOUR BODY THEY SAY ANIMALS GO TO HEAVEN , I KNOW SHE IS IN A STRANGE PLACE I BELIEVE IN MY HEART SHE MISSES US AS MUCH AS WE MISS HER , I PRAYED TO GOD OPEN THE GATES OF HEAVEN AND YOU WILL SEE SHE WANTS TO COME HOME A PLACE SHE HAS ALWAYS KNOWN AS A KITTEN ONLY PLACE SHE KNOWS PRAYING THIS IS HARD I DO THIS ALL DAY , I FEEL ANGRY I FEL DEFEATED I FEEL GOD ISN’T HEARING ME AND I ASKED GOD TO TELL ME THIS MIRACLE IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN THIS MEANS SO MUCH TO ME THANKS FOR YOUR GUIDANCE

  2. HELLO JALAYA
    I SEE ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE ASKING FOR HELP IN THEIR SITUATION , I AM STILL PRAYING CONSTANTLY CLAIMING VICTORY THAT MY MIRACLE WILL HAPPEN , I HAVENOT GIVE UP , I ALSO PRAYED FOR THE OTHERS WHO CONTACTED YOU ,I CANNOT BE SELFISH AND JUST ABOUT ME SO I OFFER THEM PRAYER ALSO , I AM EXPECTING A MIRACLE , I MUST ADMIT THIS IS A DRAINING THING PRAYING CONSTANTLY AND FIGHTING THAT JESUS WILL HELP ME TO KEEP MY FAITH STRONG , I PRAY THAT FEAR I WON’T RECEIVE MY MIRACLE AND I PRAY THAT GOD HELPS ME TO BE STRONG AND NO DOUBT , I ALSO ASK GOD TO GIVE ME STRENGTH AND IF I COULD RECEIVE A SIGN OR CONFIRMATION THAT MY MIRACLE IS ON THE WAY NOT ME WANTING TO SAY WHAT I WANT , AND I PRAY TO GOD TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO DO SO THIS MIRACLE WILLNOT BE HINDERED BY ME THIS IS HARD AND I AM STILL WEARY AND DRAINED , I NEVER DREAMED HOW MUCH WHEN YOU LOVE SOMETHING HOW HARD TO HOLD ON TO YOUR FAITH WHEN NO ANSWER SEEMS TO COME I HOPE YOU KEEP PRAYING FOR ME YOU SEE WHEN THIS MIRACLE HAPPENS I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME , IN MY PRAYER I TOLD GOD WHEN MY CAT RETURNS WHEN I LOOK AT HER I SEE A MIRACLE AND CAN’T EVER NOT PRAISE THE LORD FOR HER RETURN I GO TO HER GRAVE EVERYDAY AND TELL HER TO I COMMAND HER TO RISE RISE AND GO BACK INTO HER BODY IN THE NAME OF JESUS , THAT GOD CAN FREE HER AND DEATH WILLNOT HOLD HER SO I AM DOING THE BEST I CAN DO THANKS
    DON

  3. My sister lost her baby after an operation, she is in a lot of pain because of the lost. All I wish is to break the baby back even though he is buried but everything is possible with God. Please help me pray for his coming back to life. And cast out all this sorrow and sadness

  4. God answers all prayers but sometimes the answer must be no . I have a son with Autism and if I passed on I would want to be back alive for him , because I love him so much and he needs me here daily , I would want to delay my life in heaven , because our lives on earth are but a second compared to our eternity with our lord but the fact remains some of our loved ones would choose heaven over earth and I couldn’t blame their choice , I desire to be with my father in heaven also ! ( Philippians 1:21 For me to live is Christ , and to die is gain. ) I grieve with you for your losses and I am praying for you to receive the resurrection you seek if its gods will or consolation if its not his will .

  5. My husband died on May 18th and his funeral is set for June 14th. We have 2 young children. I have faith that God can raise him and I am praying that he does. Please help me pray to raise him.

  6. I know you will bring Ephraim Ubisi back to life Oh Lord, I do have faith that we will see him soon. We miss him everyday Lord.

  7. I know you will bring Ephraim back to life Oh Lord, I do have faith that we will see him soon. We miss him everyday Lord.

  8. My mother passed away on April 11th and she had immense faith in God, I pray that she will be back with us soon..

    1. My mum passed away 10 months today.I prey all the time.
      Mum was the only person i had in the world.
      Why won’t God send her back

  9. I have faith that my brother who was embalmed three days ago can be brought back to life.
    Please Pray for my brother to come back to life.

    1. Author

      Everyone – If you have faith, nothing is impossible. Without faith, everything is impossible – especially raising the dead. Hope so, want so, and need so does not move God’s hand. Only faith moves the hand of God.

      Here is the hard truth of it all. God is not moved by the grieving. He is touched by it and will comfort you immensely, but He is only moved by faith. You have to get to a place of faith about it (whatever it is). You must understand that and be close to it prior to the terrible situation. Jumping on a web site after the fact and ‘hoping’ in desperation for something to happen is not sufficient. That is not faith. At best, it is hope. Faith is what turns hope ( for whatever the desire) into reality – Hebrews 11:1. I know this is hard but it is the truth and must be said. I love you all.

      You have to get with God, be totally honest with Him, and lay it out. And then take it from there. There is usually only a small window of time to act. God will not bring someone back from the grave – who has already been buried. Not by your hand.

      The scriptures about raising the dead need to be down deep in your heart. Again, reading them in a quick teaching from a web site may give you hope that it can ‘potentially’ happen but that is not faith. Faith totally ‘knows’ that it will happen. Faith has it already in the heart. Then, when the mouth speaks it into the world it happens.

      1. Absolutely! I can tell you this. I have cried until my eyes are almost swollen shut. My face is streaked with mascara and I seem to wear this look a regular. I lost my brother 5 months ago and I know that he could live again by the Authority of God. I was in prayer and was just before praying to Him, asking Him for his approval. Or, to more less ask Him to give him life back because I know that He can. However, I was stopped. I was reminded that He knows better than I do and that I should reconsider what I was asking. I could sense that something worse could’ve been his future. I was reminded to trust His plan. So, I did not ask for Him to return my brother, although, I want nothing more than that.

        1. Author

          Vic – God bless you. You will see him again and it will be forever. That is no small consolation. We don’t understand all that happens but we can get direction at every turn and respond in faith. It sounds like you did. We love you. Rex

  10. A pregnant woman was brought died in our church from prayer, after praying for 10 hours nothing happened.
    What do we do wrong?
    We had the faith, we knew God can do it, but after praying nothing happened.
    What do we do wrong?

    1. Faith moves the mountain. If the mountain did not move you did not have faith but doubted in your heart. I too have failed while praying for the dead to rise, but I have also prayed for the sick and seen them healed. I’ve also prayed for the sick and seen them stay sick or in pain. As I’ve seen hundreds maybe thousands of people healed I’ve seen a large increase in instant healings over the course of time. I used to see almost no instant healings, but now I see them almost every day and almost 100% of the time. It was always God’s will to heal them before it was my lack of faith and understanding of who God was that keep them from getting healed. We are called to grow up into Christ. Dig deep brother fast and pray. Do the works build your faith be bold and take risks. Look like a fool that you may become wise brother. Don’t be fooled death, sin and sickness are evil and an enemy to all men and God. Treat them as such. Hate them and attack them with authority. Pray as a command and in authority. You command the pain to go. You command the body to heal. Acts 3 tell you that faith in the name of Jesus and the power and authority of that name heal the sick.

      Matthew 17:14-21 King James Version (KJV)
      14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
      15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
      16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. (ONLY FAILURE TO HEAL IN THE BIBLE)
      17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
      18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. (JESUS HEALED HIM. SO IT WAS GODS WILL, BUT MEN OF GOD PRAYED AND DIDN’T SEE IT HAPPEN)
      19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
      20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: (THEY ASKED WHY? JESUS SAID BECAUSE OF YOUR UNBELIEF. PERIOD THAT IS ALL THERE IS TOO IT. OUR DISBELIEF IN THE POWER AND GOODNESS OF GOD HINDERS US FROM BEING A PROPER VESSEL OF CHRISTS SPIRIT.)

      for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU IF YOU BELIEVE. EVEN PETER WALKED ON WATER EVEN BEFORE THE SPIRIT OF GOD CAME INTO MAN)
      21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. (THIS IS NOT AN EXCEPTION CLAUSE AT THE END OF A CONTRACT. JESUS IS NOT A SHADY SALESMAN OR A CROOKED LAWYER. THIS THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. FASTING AND PRAYER GETS RID OF UNBELIEF)

      1. Your faith is greater than mine.could you get my mum back for me please.
        I miss her terribly and feel i can’t go on without her.

        1. You say it’s no big deal to get a loved one back.So why aren’t all these people who pray for there loved ones to return that truly want them and have faith seeing their prayers answered

      2. You did nothing wrong, you prayed God answered based on His ruling(Isa. 55:8).

  11. I am now becoming a student in the school of raising the dead,please take me through the journey.

    1. So will you pray on my behalf that GOD returns my deceased boyfriend from his grave soon?

      1. I’m asking a prayer for my husband’s resurrection he was buried two months ago.

  12. My son son was buried a month now , can it be possible for him to be resurrected?

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