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. Hey everyone. Could you add me to the Facebook group as well? Thanks. My photo is just a picture of me. My large photo on my profile is of a lion with Jesus’s name on it a long with a dove I believe thanks.

    1. I will pray for your grandmother to come back now! Please include my son Josh in your prayers to resurrect!

      1. Hallo Cindy why can’t you add me to your group I did send you a friend request sometimes back but no responce.

        1. I am sorry I never saw a friend request. What is your name. If I do not see it I will send you a friend request and then we can get you in the group!

  2. Your Comment * I havs recently lost my husband bt I hve faith he will refurn by the grace of God now one week since buried. pliz pray for me and add me to fb group.

    1. I will pray for your husband. Please friend request on facebook. Let me know your name so I can accept your request and add you to the group. My name is cindy booz. God bless you!

    1. I will pray for both of you and for your loved ones to return. To add you to our private facebook page resurrection miracles please send me a friend request. My name is cindy booz. If you have any trouble let me know your name and I can friend request you. My son has been gone for 16 months but I will never give up praying. There are several of us in this group that are praying for the same thing. We all pray at 7 pm eastern time for their resurrections. Hope to talk to you both soon.

  3. Please do add me.. Even me waiting for resurrection of my husband who s the father of three months old baby missing him badly.. Please do add me on prayer

  4. my hubby is been dead for some days now. I need a second chance with him.

  5. I want prayer to believe my friend that died over 8 years old will be raised. I want her back. Her name is Jessica or Jessie. I miss her so much.

  6. My baby will be ressurrected that am sure of wait for the testimony.

  7. Faith moves mountain We serve a God of impossibilities everything that seems impossible with man its possible with God.

  8. Sorry to be a wet blanket…
    “several” resurrections throughout all history (OT and NT and since)…
    Resurrections are certainly NOT “no big deals’
    Who is giving these people (including Christians) false hope?
    1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
    Christians who have died are now (their souls, their REAL selves) are with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8)
    The final bodily resurrection is yet to come
    And the unsaved for the final passing of judgement

  9. Please add me my name is chnaftooles taylor. My friend is 8 weeks pregnant and her babys heart stopped beating. Im praying life!

  10. Hi my name is Danielle and i have lost my son’s father in a car accident last year November and would really love to join you guys in praying for our loved ones please add me too Cindy my facebook name is Danielle,Celeste,Gwenneth Gawanas[Butterfly]

  11. Tomorrow I will be heading to the mountain to pray for my baby boy and your loved ones too lets pray for each other .

  12. Cindy i have checked ressurrection miracles on Facebook but didnt see it I also want to join in your prayer kindly help

    1. The resurrection miracles is private so I have to add you. Ypu can send me a friend request. Or what is your name and I will friend request you. Mine is cindy Booz

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