49While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

50But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.

51When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and mother. 52The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.

53But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died. 54Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, My child, get up! 55And at that moment her lifeh returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56Her parents were overwhelmed, but Jesus insisted that they not tell anyone what had happened.

Jesus’ definition of “dead” and “alive” is obviously different than ours. That is the only explanation for the conversation. It is also obvious that Jesus’ definition of “dead” and “alive” is the one the counts, and not just in this story. Look around you and look within you.

If the world’s definition of “dead” and “alive” is accurate, then our lives begin at birth by chance, for no reason or purpose. We live our days in futility because everything that requires sacrifice in this life is a waste because this life is all there is. “Alive” is nothing more than a beating heart, a hungry stomach, and a whimsical journey from one moment of physical exhilaration to the next. Relationships are valued only by what they bring us between birth and death, and death is the most final and futile experiences of all.

But if Jesus’ definition of “dead” and “alive” is accurate, then our lives began when the creator of the universe chose a place, and a time, and a purpose for use to enter his enormous creation. Conception occurred in the mind of God, and we were loved by someone willing to take our place in a crucifixion from that moment. All our actions, thoughts and emotions affect the lives of other people God conceived and loved and we are “alive” when we are connection to our conceiver and we are “dead” when we choose to be “alive” as the world defines “alive”. 

Holy Spirit, set me on fire for the life God conceived me for!

The match has been struck!


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