Who Jesus Brought Back to Life?

When it comes to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there are a few people that come to mind, such as Lazarus or the widow’s son in Nain. However, these individuals were not brought back to life by Jesus himself.

So, who did Jesus bring back to life? Let’s explore.

The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter

One of the most well-known stories of Jesus bringing someone back to life is found in Mark 5:21-43. Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, begged Jesus to come and heal his dying daughter. However, before they could arrive at Jairus’ house, messengers arrived with the news that the girl had already died.

“Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’ He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and wailing?

The child is not dead but asleep.’ But they laughed at him.” (Mark 5:36-40)

Jesus then took her hand and said “Talitha koum!” which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” (Mark 5:41) The girl immediately stood up and began walking around.

The Raising of the Widow’s Son

In Luke 7:11-17 we read about another instance where Jesus brought someone back to life. A widow was mourning her only son who had died and was being carried out for burial when Jesus arrived.

“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.” (Luke 7:13-15)

The Raising of Lazarus

While it’s true that Jesus didn’t raise Lazarus immediately after his death, he did bring him back to life after four days in the tomb. John 11 tells the story of Lazarus’ death and Jesus’ arrival at his tomb.

“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.

Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.'” (John 11:43-44)


While there may be other instances where Jesus healed someone who was sick or dying (such as the healing of the blind man in John 9), these three accounts stand out as instances where Jesus brought someone back to life. These stories not only showcase Jesus’ power over death but also demonstrate his compassion towards those who were grieving.