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.


  1. 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.

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      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.

  2. 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?

      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)

      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.

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

  3. 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.

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

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