41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!”
One of the synagogue leaders, Jairus, reported that his little daughter was ill. Before Jesus could even arrive she had died. We can’t imagine the grief of this father at the death of his daughter. Jesus comes to the house anyway and goes in to see the little girl. This is when the scene opens and he takes her by the hand and tells her to be raised up. These words appear here in Aramaic which only happens in a few cases in the New Testament. These are the words Jesus would have spoken in the language that would have made sense to the little girl. “Talitha cum” — “Little girl, get up!” These were life-giving words to a child who had died, and immediately she was healed and got up. The daughter of Jairus had been resurrected.
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