DESPERATE TIMES part 2
Woman with the issue of blood
Last week was about Jairus, a leader of a synagogue, and his daughter who was very ill, then died. But Jairus fell before Jesus and pleaded with Him to bring her back to life again. He asked Jesus "if you just come and lay your hand upon her". This is the next verse:
Scripture: Matthew 9:19-22 NLT. (New Living Testament)
As Jesus and the disciples were going to the official's home, a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, "If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed."
Jesus turned around and said to her, "Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well." And the woman was healed at that moment.
The same two scenarios are discussed in Mark 5:21-43. Mark adds the woman had an ongoing hemorrhage for twelve years. (Do you remember Jairus's daughter was 12 years old?). She had suffered a great deal from many doctors through the years and spent everything she had to pay them. She had gotten no better. In fact she was worse.
Luke 8:40-56 expands her story. The crowd was following Jesus to the house of Jairus when Jesus stopped and asked "Who touched me?"
Peter told Him the whole crowd was pressed up against Him. Jesus continued, "No, someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me."
When the woman realized that Jesus knew, she began to tremble and fell to her knees before Him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched Him and that she had been immediately healed.
Just as in Matthew's version, Jesus called her "Daughter" and said her faith had made her well and to go in peace.
Did she go in peace? Did she have peace of mind? All during those 12 years she was an outcast due to the hemorrhage. She had not been allowed to worship or be in public for fear of contamination. Would all those stigmas go away? - maybe, maybe not. But now she was the "Daughter" of Jesus. This is the only time Jesus used that name!
Years ago when I pastored, a woman in the church asked me how she could stand a trial she was going through. I told her I had been lying face down in my little office with a wooden floor, splinters or not. She was not interested. The Christian life is not a one and done deal. You don't just give your heart to Jesus and then never think about Him much again. You must grow. You must learn. You must surrender. In the end it does not matter 'how' we turn to Christ, just turn. Then keep turning and no matter what happens, He will be with you.
Have you fallen on your knees before Jesus? If not, what would it take to allow that to happen? Actually that is not a fair question due to we may not know until it comes to pass. But God knows. He knows what it would take for us to surrender to Him. He will know if you are serious or not (2 Timothy 2:19).