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 am praying for 12year old Sylvester Oromoni who was bullied, beaten and force fed a poisonous substance by his seniors in boarding school. He passed on a few days later on the 30th of November, 2021.

    I am praying for his resurrection because I know it was not the will of God for him to die according to Jeremiah 29v11 and I cannot allow the will and purpose of the devil to stand. I look forward to a resurrection miracle because he has not been buried. Praise God!

  2. Im still praying , I still believe, I have faith and believe that God will bring back my fiancé. He was only 28. So much more for him to do. I know God hears my prayers. I keep having the same kind of dream. Where God brings him back to life

  3. My mum was shot dead by armed robbers on her way to travel. I have been praying to Yahweh asking Him to raise her up because to me, she is asleep as Jarius’ daughter was. It is 3 weeks now and she is in the morgue and I have been asking Yahweh for mercy, reminding Him how He raise Lazarus who was already buried 4 days past before Yashua raised him, among many other things. I believe in my heart and have the strongest faith that Yahweh can and will say to her “Talita cumi” and instead of a funeral, my family and I will give a testimony. I’m still praying. Please assist me with it.

    1. Dear believers in Christ Jesus,

      I too have been pleading to our Lord in tears for a ressurection miracle for my dear husband Ajay who I lost in a bizarre event on 4th July 2020. He was a loving father to my 2 young sons and hope for his parents, I have been praying ever since, quoting various miracles from the Bible. John14:12-14 says that If we ask our Lord He will give our requests. But as the days pass by I am loosing hope. I feel I am talking to the wall. Is there anyone in the realms of glory even listening to me? I am just another creature made by Him. I am not important like Elijah/ Martha. Do miracles happen today? I wonder. Anyways as days go by my candle of hope is flickering and really feel frustrated and hopeless. i know he will come with our Lord when He comes again in glory, but then I’ll be dead too I guess.
      I really wish our Lord grants a miracle now as this is the time I need Ajay the most. Life is really tough managing family job and all the official work. I feel I will go into a mental breakdown. No-one understands, people/ in-laws no-one. Every morning I get up hoping a miracle would happen for me. Every night I go to bed feeling down. Really wish Miracles could happen and Ajay comes back ’cause it’s now that he is needed most. I pray for all those who are asking in faith that God will be merciful to us and grant us that one special miracle.

  4. I’m praying for my fiancé to come back home. He died on October 1st. I know that God can do anything. I have faith that he will bring him back home with me. I miss him so much ❤️

    1. Back in June of this year, my son overdosed on drugs/ poison in a Walgreens parking lot. I couldn’t get him on the phone all that day, but kept calling. I knew he was dead by an unction. 180 miles away from him. I asked the LORD if I could raise him from the dead not being present with him; not even knowing his exact whereabouts. THE LORD said yes. I commanded him to wake up. Kept calling his cell phone until at 1:30 AM a doctor answered it. He said Jacob wasn’t breathing when found. Thought he was brain dead or damaged. I said not. He is in rehab now. We must NEVER let circumstances bring fear. Jacob was dead for 8 plus hours. It’s been hard since this. He requested me to lay hands on him in the months since where he felt peace, but still used drugs. He will come to believe that he who the SON makes free; is free indeed. PRAISE THE LORD OF HOSTS for HIS goodness, grace, & love toward me ! I love YESHUA with all my heart

  5. Here I find people with similar disheartening issue as mine, I believe in the raising of the dead and strongly believe that my Dad who passed away today being 12th of December 2021 will surely come back to life. Please pray for him.

    1. I believe in the raising of dead and so strongly believe that my Dad who passed days ago will be raised to life.
      Please, pray for him.

    2. Alfred, I am so sorry for your loss, I will pray for your dad. Can you please pray for my brother as well? He also passed on 12/12/21… I am struggling and I am trying to have faith and pray that God will bring him back to us… thank you.

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