January 9, 2012 1 Comment
Main Text- Luke 8:40-55
Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.
As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat.
In this passage, we see again that Jesus is not afraid to interrupt lives for His glory. As we can see in verses 43-48, Jesus interrupts the larger narrative of Jairus’s daughter (v. 40-42; 49-55) to meet the individual need of the woman. The boldness of this woman is impressive. She was ceremonially unclean, rejected by society, and alone. (Notice also that her infirmity had lasted 12 years, the same age as Jairus’s daughter). Jesus isn’t a consumable commodity; you can’t use Him up. No matter how large the crowd, you won’t go unnoticed by God.
— Lawson Hembree (@LawsonHembree) January 3, 2012
Like the woman in this passage, the greatest need most people have is something intimately private. It goes to the core of who we are as individuals. We like to hide our greatest, most secret needs because we are ashamed of the implications of sharing them. Often, we act like we are the only ones struggling with a certain situation whether it be depression, doubt, insecurity, sexual desires, etc. The reality is that others struggle with them too. In order to be healed, we must first have the faith to acknowledge there is a problem. Like the woman, we need to be honest in assessing our needs and realize that no other man can heal or satisfy them. Only Christ can meet us in our most intimate needs and provide the healing and satisfaction we so desperately need. We just need to have the boldness to turn to Him (Hebrews 10:19-23).
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