In the gospels, we have a few accounts of Jesus raising the dead. Although written in separately, but if we are to study them side by side, we will see them in new perspectives; the differences and some important similarities. It is this comparison, that we can learn some heart-warming truths about our Lord.

In Mark 5:35-43, Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue whose daughter was dying and he pleaded with Jesus to heal her. While Jesus was on the way there, she died. Nevertheless, Jesus continued the journey and went into Jairus’ house. But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”   And subsequently, Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter.

In Luke 7:11-17, in the village of Nain (which means Beauty or Pleasantness), Jesus saw a funeral procession of a young man, the only son of a window. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said.   And Jesus raised the young man, who was probably dead for a day.

In John 11:1-44, Jesus’ dear friend, Lazarus was sick. But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” You see, by the time Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus has been dead for 4 days. If someone is dead for 4 days, he is dead; very dead. But still, Jesus went to the tomb and raised Lazarus from the dead.

What are the differences?

Jairus was a synagogue leader; he probably had a good standing with the people and with God. He had the faith that Jesus can heal her daughter from sickness, but not so much expectation of Jesus raising her from her death bed. Nevertheless, Jesus assured him not to be afraid and to have faith. In the second case, the helpless widow was probably walking in hopelessness. Her only son is dead for a day, and she had nothing left; a widow without standing, without hope, without faith. But Christ comforted her and raised her son. In the third case, Lazarus, a dear friend of Jesus, has been rotting dead for 4 days. But Lazarus’ sister, Martha still had good faith in Jesus for a miracle.

What are the similarities then?

I have been trying to find the similarities for a long time. However, other than the mourning of people around, there is only one very significant similarity. That is, our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God (John 11:27).

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. John 11:25

Jesus said:” I AM the Resurrection.” Resurrection means to bring back to life what is dead. You see, Jesus didn’t just merely performed the resurrections, He is the very Resurrection!  For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. (John 10:17-18).  In simple words, Jesus is the Resurrection – the Resurrector.

The Resurrection Resurrector

Ultimately, it is not about the good or bad standing you have in front of people, or even in front of God. It is not about how hopeless or how dead the situation is. It is not even about how much faith you deemed you have. It is all about the Lord; those who believe in Him – only goes to sleep and will not-never-ever die. We just need to focus on the Lord and His love, His goodness, His compassion on you.

Whatever you may be facing whether its sickness, failures, hopelessness, broken marriage/relationship or even death => Know that He has already laid His life down for you; know that you have Jesus Christ, the Resurrector, and no matter how dead the situation looks, He can raise it back to life.


  1. I love this. No matter how dead the situation looks, with God nothing is dead!
    P.S. I love the “Simple Conversation” box….very clever. Wish I could think of something like that….so smart, funny, and loving. I can hear God saying those things to me!

    • King David says:

      Thank you for your encouragement, Julia.

      I really love the Simple Conversation too… Its actually, “a simple conversation from God”… although it more of a monologue… but well… All glory to our Lord Jesus!

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