Talitha Koum



A twelve-year old girl is dying. Her father goes frantic and cuts through the crowd enveloping Jesus. Although a synagogue ruler, the dying girl’s father has reached the end. No repetitive chants seem to work. But accounts of people being healed and freed of demon possession by Jesus gives him hope. When he finally reaches to Jesus, he falls at His feet and pleads earnestly with Him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live’ (Mark 5:23). Jesus agrees to go with him but the ‘large crowd following and pressing around him’(v24) slows His pace, never mind there is an urgent situation. To make matters worse, Jesus stops on the way and addresses a woman. For this man, time is ticking and his daughter is dying.

‘While Jesus was still speaking’…

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