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Topic: Laughter (10/18/04)
TITLE: "Little Girl, Arise!"
By Robin Wisch
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The Master, with Peter, James and John at His side, said to those outside of the synagogue leader’s home, “why do you mourn and weep? The girl is not dead; she is just asleep” (Mark 5:39). With that, an ominous presence engulfed the crowd. The enemy, exuding all the vileness of his depraved nature, struck the bystanders quick and hard. Immediately, some of the Jewish leaders “laughed him to scorn” (v. 40). Some of the mourners hissed at him, while others howled and shrieked with devious delight knowing that the girl was, in fact, quite dead. Several of the mourners jeered at him making mocking gestures with their hands and arms. Others made catcalls, while still others belittled him with disparaging and deprecating remarks. Clearly, the black-hearted serpent had masterfully woven his venomous web. Satisfied with his victory, the Evil One laughed and slithered back into the chaos to prepare for his next confrontation with the Son of God.
Elsewhere in the dark spirituals, a fearsome and vile creature stepped out from the mist. Its armor was silver and bronze. His head was elongated and rectangular in shape. Long steel spikes protruded from its head, shoulders, and arms. Because of the helmet it was wearing, only a pair of steely gray eyes could be seen. From the ends of its armor-covered boots, steel spikes jutted out. A massive golden belt circled its waste and on one side were three sheaths with long swords in each one. He had four arms; two upper and two lower. Each of the upper arms held massive swords. The lower arms hung down by the creature’s side. On its chest was written the word “GUARDIAN” and it was his job to protect the dungeon or rather what was in it.
With shocking power and authority, Jesus put everyone out of the house. The mourners parted quickly, letting him pass. Those inside the house scrambled outside as the Lord entered. Jesus gestured for the girl’s parents to accompany Him and his disciples. Upon entering the young girl’s room, Jesus looked at the 12 year-old with compassion. To the disciples, it seemed that their Master was in two worlds. Physically, he was standing with them looking over the young girl’s body, but within their Lord, deep within Him, He was definitely somewhere else.
The Carpenter entered the Serpent’s lair and stepped to the center of the stone floor. A few yards away, stood the Guardian of Death. The creature shrieked with unexpected fear at the sight of the Carpenter. Instantly, the creature’s lower arms unsheathed their swords. Immediately, legions of warriors clothed in white and massive in stature came to the Carpenter’s side. Hands on the hilts of their swords, they awaited their Master’s command. He motioned them back and then turned to face his foe. Jesus looked beyond the Guardian, through the iron bars and saw the lifeless form of the young girl.
“So, we have come to our appointed time, my enemy!” thundered the Guardian. The Lord of Light did not speak. “You shall not pass, oh Lamb of God,” declared the Guardian. “This one is mine…she is legally and rightfully mine…she shall not live! She shall not be freed!” roared the Guardian, again. Still the Lord did not speak. “You shall not be as fortunate as you were in the wildness, this time, my eternal foe!” railed the creature. Again, he commanded, “she shall not live...I say, my enemy…she-shall-not…” Instantly, the Guardian’s words were cut off. The Carpenter thundered with the “voice of many waters”, “The Lord rebuke you, O Death…the Lord rebuke you!” Immediately, the Guardian screamed in pain and was hurtled backwards into the darkness. “Your time will come, my enemy…”, the Guardian echoed in the blackness.
The Carpenter immediately struck the iron bars of the prison shattering them into pieces. Gently, He stepped up to the little lifeless form. Suddenly, he commanded, “’Talitha cumi’ I say, little girl arise.”
Back in the world of men, Jesus gently lifted the adolescent girl from her bed by the hand. She stood on her feet…alive! “Give her something to eat and tell no one about this,” instructed the master.
“Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools.” (Ecc. 7:6)