“But taking her by the hand he called, saying, ‘Child, arise.’ And her spirit returned, and she got up at once” (Luke 8:54-55).
This healing account comes in the form of what we might call a “Lukan Sandwhich.” (For you Bible scholars out there you may want to check out this article by James Edwards on “Markan Sandwiches.”) Luke 8:40-42 tells of Jairus’s approach to Jesus and his subsequent appeal to him to come and heal his daughter.
As Jesus goes with him, he is touched by a woman “who had a discharge of blood for twelve years” (V. 43). After Jesus heals her, he proceeds to Jairus’s daughter, but by the time he arrives, she has already died. He passes those weeping and raises her from the dead. One can only imagine the thrill and amazement of her parents!
Because Jesus has power over death, He is able to bring life out of death. In this healing, as well as the others in the New Testament, we get a foretaste of the kingdom in the age to come. Praise God, there is coming a time when there will be no more death, no more sickness, and no more broken bodies, or broken anything! We will see the King in his beauty (Isa. 33:17).
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind” (Isa. 65:17).
No more let sins and sorrow grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground,
He comes to make his blessings flow,
Far as the curse is found.