Raising the Dead

  • Matthew 9:18-19, 25 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and went with him … After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. (Mark 5:22-24, 35-42, Luke 8:41-42, 49-55)
  • Luke 7:12-15 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out–the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
  • John 11:39-44 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
  • Acts 9:36-37, 40-41 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room…Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive.
  • Acts 20:7-12 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spok e to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.

What happened when Jesus or His apostles encountered death? They raised people from the dead. If it were God’s will that these individuals be dead, Jesus, Peter and Paul would not have brought them back to life. Jesus’ command was to raise the dead (Matthew 10:8). Jesus said in John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Additionally, the Word says that: “with long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation” (Psalm 91:16). God’s desire for us is a long life according to His Word.

How to raise someone from the dead:
  1. You really need to live a totally surrendered and submitted life to Christ to be able to imitate Him in this regard.
  2. You need to know the Word and who you are in Christ to understand you can raise the dead. Get this truth settled in your heart. You have power and authority over the enemy, his evil forces and their destructive work (Luke 9:1, Matthew 10:1, Luke 10:19, Matthew 10:8). Don’t wait for a crisis to get revelation of this truth. The gift of faith could, however, be given you by the Holy Spirit. God’s faith added to yours can create such a miracle!
  3. Seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance when you need to raise the dead. He knows all things.
  4. Do as Jesus, Peter and Paul and raise the dead.

Call to action:
Spend time in the Word and with your Lord and meditate on Matthew 10:8 which says to raise the dead.