Dead Girl Resurrection Story

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Between the moment that Jairus found Jesus and asked him to come heal his deathly sick daughter and the moment that they arrived at his home, Jairus’ daughter died. At this crucial moment when Jairus discovered that his little girl was gone and there was nothing he could do about it, Jesus spoke one of the most haunting statements of any Bible story, “The child is not dead; she is only sleeping.” Jesus asked Jairus to have faith, even that he could resurrect his dead daughter’s life. Jesus is clearly more than a prophet and teacher. Raising the dead is something only God can do.

The people outside Jairus’ house are the mourners who didn’t believe in Jesus. The ground under them is dry and cracked illustrating their lack of faith and hope in the Messiah. Jesus is inside laying his hands on the girl and resurrecting her soul from Hades where God sends souls to rest until Judgment Day. An angel, a servant of Jesus, is bringing the girl’s soul back from Hades to reunite soul and body so the girl can live.

The man weeping is Jairus’ father who is overwhelmed with shock that resurrecting his daughter is even possible. The other man with his arms raised represents Jesus’ disciples that were there to assist Jesus. Both Jairus and the disciple have purple smoke above their heads illustrating that they are both releasing their faith in Jesus’ power to heal even death. The dove and fire is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is hovering over the girl representing the resurrection power that Jesus used to heal the girl. The angels outside represent the spiritual beings that observe the lives of mankind and are intentionally present to witness the Messiah’s ministry on earth.

The sun shining represents Father Yahweh’s blessing and favor over this work Jesus is performing to demonstrate his glory. The fruit-bearing tree outside represents the fruit of the kingdom that is born through the power of Jesus and the faith of his disciples. We are all invited to release our faith and hold onto hope even in the darkest days and troubled times.

Dead Girl Resurrection story sketches:

Sketch #1: Dead girl – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates the purpose of the story that Jesus went to visit a dead girl and resurrect her back to life.

Sketch #2: Jesus & Jairus – This sketch illustrates the first part of the story where Jairus came to Jesus and asked him to visit his home and heal his daughter on her deathbed.

Sketch #3: Closed door & mourner – This sketch illustrates the second part of the story where Jesus kicks out all the faithless, cynical mourners from Jairus’ home.

Sketch #4: Open eye – This sketch illustrates the third part of the story where Jesus miraculously resurrects Jairus’ daughter and demonstrates his divine power over death.

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