Jesus has come to the home of Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue. Jairus asked Jesus to come and make his sick 12–year-old daughter well (Matthew 9:18–19; Mark 5:21–24). By the time Jesus and the disciples arrived, the girl was reportedly dead, and a group of professional mourners was already playing flutes and wailing. Jesus told them to go away because the girl was only sleeping (Matthew 9:23–24).
The next verse says this.
“But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl got up.” – Matthew 9:25
The crowd of mourners was ushered out of the house. We know from Luke that only five people remained inside with Him: Peter, James, John, and the girl’s parents (Luke 8:51). Now Jesus goes to the girl and takes her by the hand. Mark reports that He spoke to her, saying “Talitha cumi,” meaning “little girl, I say to you arise” (Mark 5:41). The girl did exactly that.
By touching a dead body, Jesus would have become ceremonially unclean under the law for seven days (Numbers 19:11–21). But since the girl immediately returned to life, He was not guilty of touching a corpse. Jesus repeatedly uses His power to restore cleanness to those who were unclean under the law.
Jesus restores the unclean. He restores the broken. He restores the hurting, the mourning, the lost. He restores it all. A person who is dead lies in front of Him, He sees that not as an obstacle, but an opportunity. An opportunity for God to be glorified.
How do we see the obstacles in front of us?