Today we read about two people who both risked public humiliation by stepping forward to seek healing from Jesus. We need more uncomfortable moments where it is less about how we look or public image and more about Jesus and his powerful touch…
21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
I lead worship at my church and a couple of weeks ago I was on when one of the pastors was talking about Mark 5, where Jairus the Synagogue leader and the bleeding woman approach Jesus for healing. It’s a powerful story which I encourage you to read. In our morning rehearsal I talked through how I was going to encourage people to worship in ways they are comfortable with.
Our drummer, Jeremy, came up to me after and blessed me with some powerful encouragement. He challenged me in a very gentle way to ask people to do something that might be uncomfortable for them today. Good call. That’s exactly what we need. How often do you step outside your comfort zone in your worship? In your relationship with God?
Consider Jairus the Synagogue leader, whose daughter was dying. Consider the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. How comfortable were they? Not very. In fact, they both risked public humiliation by stepping forward to seek healing from Jesus.
I need more uncomfortable times. More moments where it is less about how I look or feel or about preserving my image or plan. More about Jesus and his powerful touch.
Notice both people got what they came for in the story. And then some.
Step out in faith.
For the power of God,