Faith, Risk, and Restoration


What would you risk to come to Jesus with your need?  Would be seen before your community as broken?  What will they think of you for going to Jesus? Is it worth coming to Jesus today?  The story of Jairus and the bleeding woman provider our answer…

40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”

50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
Luke 8:40-50

Jairus was a synagogue leader.  In other words, he was part of the group of people most opposed to Jesus’ ministry.  The religious leaders of his day challenged Jesus in terms of his background and lineage, his authority, and his commitment to God.  In a nutshell, to them Jesus was a demon-possessed, blasphemous, bastard child.

These are not friends of Jesus.

And so, guys like Jairus were pretty careful around the Lord.  Nicodemus the Pharisee came to Jesus at night so as not to be caught in the act.  Jairus, however, approached Jesus in the middle of the day in the middle of the great crowd.

Jairus teaches us that there are things much more important than our position in society.  When our twelve year old daughter is dying, all bets are off.  Jairus had faith that Jesus could heal his daughter, and so he was willing to risk the consequences with the religious leaders in order to get her healing.

The bleeding woman was also willing to risk.  She had the faith in Jesus to heal her and just touched the edge of his cloak in the crowd and was granted healing.  No one else had been able to heal her for twelve years, and in one moment her bleeding stopped. In that same moment, she made Jesus unclean under Mosaic law. This woman was willing to risk the consequences of defiling Jesus in order to get her healing.

Jesus, who knew that someone had touched him – he could feel the healing power go out from him – affirmed the woman and blessed her to go in peace.  By this time, however, with the distraction and delay, Jairus’ daughter had died.

Now put yourself in Jairus’ shoes.  You had just risked your job and your position in leadership in the town by asking for Jesus’ help, and now your precious daughter had died because a woman broke the law and defiled Jesus to get her healing. I imagine that Jairus was devastated, perhaps angry, and certainly exhausted.

Jesus, however, had other plans.  He raised the girl and restored her health.  Jesus rewarded both Jairus and the woman’s faith with healing and restoration.  

Would it be a risk for you to come to Jesus with your need?  Are you willing to be seen before people in your community as broken?  What will they think of you for going to Jesus for help? Is it worth you coming to Jesus?

For me, today, the lesson is continuing to have faith in the waiting, even though Jesus’ healing and answer doesn’t come when I think I need it. Jesus can heal and restore in his timing, which for Jairus, was past the point of no return.  We probably lose faith even before we get to that point, don’t we.  The lesson is that even at that point, God is in control. Even after twelve years of bleeding, God is in control.

And we are not.  Not even close.  We are to have faith.  We are to abandon self and all thought of consequence and come to Jesus in faith. Today.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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