Women of the Word: Talitha or Jarius’ Daughter


The miraculous healing of this little girl is similar to that of the Syro-Phoenician woman’s daughter. Someone (in this case, the girl’s father) had faith for her that she would be healed by Jesus the Christ. This story is recorded in both Matthew 9:18-19, Matthew 9:23-26 and Mark 5:22-24, Mark 5:35-43.

Also, the girl’s name is not actually Talitha. Talitha means “little girl” and that is what Jesus called her in Mark 5:41 when he took her by the hand and said, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” In this statement, we find words that Christ speaks to all who have faith in Him.

1. Like Talitha, Jesus the Christ bids us all arise. Most likely, it is not physical death that we need to be raised from, but spiritual death. If we are believers, we are now dead to ourselves, dead to the flesh, and dead to sin. But being dead to those things is not enough. We now must arise in the new life we have in Christ.

In Ephesians 5:14, we are told, “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Jesus seeks to raise sinners from the death of sin so we can receive His light and be able to shine. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” And after that person has died, Christ bids them come and live again.

Christ bids us to awake! Christ bids us arise! We are to arise as sons and daughters of God, ambassadors for Christ, and loyal disciples of the Heavenly Kingdom.

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
– Isaiah 60:1

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