The Hope of Restoration
Written by: Melissa Moreira
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Then he took the child by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha koum’ (which is translated, ‘Little girl, I say to you, get up’). Immediately the girl got up and began to walk.
- Mark 5:41-42 (CSB)
When I was around 12 years old, there was a day that I was very sick with a high fever, chills, and severe congestion. I was layered with blankets upon blankets with a high temperature that would not budge until my parents knelt down beside me and began crying out to our Heavenly Father for healing and restoration in my body. Immediately, I felt the temperature in my body come back down to a normal level and I threw off the blankets as I didn’t need them anymore because God had restored my health!
Around the same time, I came upon what is now one of my favorite stories in the Bible of restoration - the story of Jairus’ daughter. Jairus was one of the synagogue leaders whose daughter was sick and dying. In Mark 5, we see that Jairus goes to Jesus and begs Him to “lay [His] hands on her so that she can get well and live” (v. 23). On their way to Jairus’ daughter, people from his house come to inform them that his daughter has died and they ask, “Why bother the teacher anymore?” (v. 35). But Jesus simply replies, “‘Don’t be afraid. Only believe.’” (v. 36).
Upon arriving at Jairus’ house, Jesus encounters a crowd of people grieving the loss of the young girl. And to this, He responds with “‘Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep’” (v. 39). Jesus is met with laughter and mockery.
When He finally enters the room where the girl is, He takes her by the hand and says “‘Talitha koum’ (which is translated, ‘Little girl, I say to you, get up’)” (v.41). Immediately, she rises and begins to walk!
This story perfectly highlights the recurring theme of restoration in the Bible. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, restoration is defined as “the act or process of returning something to its earlier good condition or position, or to its owner.” Not only did Jesus bring her back to life, but He also completely restored her health!
From this story, we can take away a few key points:
1. Even when a situation seems impossible, Jesus is our hope and our ultimate restorer.
- Jairus sought out Jesus’ help because he knew that Jesus was the only one that could heal his daughter. When he heard the news of his daughter’s death, he was probably devastated and felt that there was no hope for her. But Jesus instructed him not to fear and to believe. Jesus was not fazed by this news because He had a plan to bring restoration to Jairus’ daughter that could not be stopped.
- Perhaps you’re going through a situation that seems to have no solution. Remember that when there seemed to be no hope for humanity, Jesus Himself descended from Heaven as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins so that our relationship with God could be restored. Nothing is too big or too small because He “is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20 CSB).
2. Even when other people don’t seem to understand, continue to press on and have hope in Jesus!
- In this story, we see that Jesus is faced with derision from people who could not comprehend the hope that He had. But this did not stop Him from fulfilling His purpose and bringing restoration to Jairus’ daughter (and ultimately all of humanity)!
- Jesus said that the little girl was “not dead but asleep” because He had a divine perspective. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to others when we have hope and expect something that cannot be seen, but nonetheless, continue to trust that God is working things together for your good (Romans 8:28).
1. In what areas of my life am I hoping for God’s restoration? In what areas of my life have I already seen God’s restoration?
2. What Scriptures can I use to remind myself to remain hopeful of God’s restoration in my life?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this time to reflect on Your Word and for Your grace and mercy. I pray that You would continue to work in my life and restore the brokenness in it. Help me to have hope in You in the face of everyday challenges and seemingly impossible situations so that Your name may be exalted and glorified through my life.
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