Jesus healing women
Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8:50-56)
A woman slowly dying of blood loss, over the course of twelve years…Jesus not only restored her body, He gave her eternal life, calling her “daughter,” the only woman in all the gospels Jesus said that to. And now the Lord would go to another man’s daughter, a twelve year-old girl, just entering puberty, who now lay dead.
Jesus was still speaking to this woman when messengers from Jairus’ house arrived to announce his daughter's death. “Your daughter is dead,” they told Jairus. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” But, Jesus had just demonstrated His mighty, wonder-working power with the synagogue ruler next to Him in the crowd. Jesus turned, looked Jairus in the eyes and told him "Don't be afraid, just believe; just believe, and she will be healed." It was a test a faith.
A noisy crowd of mourners met Jairus' at his house, wailing with the distinctive ululations of that culture and time. When Jesus announced that the girl was not dead but just asleep, the crowd mocked Him, knowing full well she was entirely dead. They did not understand what Jesus was telling them, and they did not believe or respect Him.
Jesus did not permit anyone without faith to come into the room, and even barred most of His own disciples from entering the young girl’s room. Instead, in the intimate company of the girl’s parents, Jairus and his wife; and His three closest disciples, Peter, James and John, Jesus gently took the girl’s hand and said to her, “My child, get up.”
That must have been a hair-raising scene for the little company, gathered around the girl’s bed. Most of us have been to a funeral, and seen the one we love, lying in a casket, their features stilled by death. Death is unmistakable. Yet, at Jesus’ simple words, the little girl opened her eyes, as though having been asleep. Luke recorded her spirit “returned” to her, and she stood up. Weakened by the ailment that had killed her, Jesus now asked her parents to bring her something to eat. She was not on the road to recovery. She was fully restored, from death, to life.
Jesus' response to faith is to release the power of His grace
What do you believe Jesus can do for you? Do you believe He can restore you, that He loves you even when you’ve been terrible to Him, that He can release you from oppression and evil? Jesus' response to your faith is to release the power of His grace into your life. How willing are you believe that and to ask Him, in faith?
Faith isn't required as long as you set your goal only as high as the most intelligent, most informed, and expert human efforts can reach. If you reach your goal it isn't faith, it's just good sense at work...Nothing is a miracle until it reaches the area where the utmost human effort can do still isn't enough. God has to fill that space between what's possible and what He wants done that's impossible. The way you cooperate with God is to act out your belief that He will do it.
Both Luke and Matthew, in these stories, established for us that what seems like magic is actually very real: Jesus has God’s power and authority over every sphere of life: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. He loves us and brings us the new way of salvation by grace. Have faith in Him.
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