Faith to Heal

We need a power source for our lives. One that connects us to the miraculous power of Jesus (9:18-34) While Jesus is teaching, a synagogue leader comes in looking for power. Mark 5:22~Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. (NIV) He tells Jesus his daughter has just died, griped with grief he believes Jesus can bring her back. (9:18). Christ Jesus says to His entourage let’s go. Here we find a miracle within a miracle. As a woman with chronic hemorrhaging touches Jesus, understand she’s desperate and does not care that everyone is going to have to miss church for two weeks. She is destitute, unclean and an outcast. She hungers for her healing and believes Jesus is the answer. She has tried everything and is down to Jesus. How long does it take for us to press in on Christ?

Matthew 9:21-22~for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. (ESV) This confirms that touching His garment did not heal her; it was her faith. This is the only place in the Gospel where Jesus calls someone daughter. It signifies that faith is the key to entering a relationship with God. By faith are the words of Hebrews 11. By faith is this poor woman healed. By faith, she is a daughter brought into Jesus’ spiritual family. Like her, we were all outcasts, brought in by Jesus Christ.

When Jesus arrives at Jairus’ house. He sees flute players and a noisy crowd mourning. Matthew 9:24~he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. (ESV) Many laugh at us when we in faith ask God for the impossible. Let me be frank with you, with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) We must exercise our faith like the woman and press towards Christ. We must exercise our faith like Jairus and kneel before God as we humbly ask. Because when Jesus walks into our room, He can take the moment by the hand and even raise what we thought was dead, back to life. Mark tells us Jesus tells the girl to rise, and she stands up (Mark 5:41-42). This proves Jesus’ power and authority is absolute. Jesus can raise to life that which is dead.

As Jesus leaves, two blind men follow Him. Using His messianic title, Son of David, they call out for Him to have mercy, there it is, (ἔλεος eleos). Jesus asks if they believe He can heal them and they reply, you bet your sweet bippy. (9:27-28). Ironically, these blind men see who Jesus is more clearly than the Jewish religious leaders. Matthew 9:29-31~ Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned, “See that no one knows…But they went away and spread his fame…(ESV) In their defense, when Jesus touches our lives, how can we keep from singing? Well said Robert Lowry, almost two centuries ago.

As Jesus leaves, I think we are seeing a pattern here, every time Jesus begins to leave, another need is presented. This one is a demon-possessed man who can’t speak. After Jesus casts out the demon, the man begins to speak. The crowds are again amazed and say nothing like this has ever happened in Israel. However, the self-righteous Pharisees say in Matthew 9:34~He casts out demons by the prince of demons. (ESV) They cannot discredit Jesus’ power, for He stopped bleeding, raised the dead, and open blind eyes. His miracles are too numerous and too public. Instead, they take their only course of action, slander. 

Today, what course of action will help you remain connected to the power of Jesus? Let’s begin by praying for the negative nellies, the Derick downers, or those who always seem to be pulling us down to a base level of living. As we pray for them, let’s try to encourage them and sow the seeds of Christ in them. After all, this is what Jesus meant when He said in Luke 6:28-28~bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. Remember you need the power of Jesus, to do these things. So pray, connect, and live in His power.

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