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  REACH OUT FOR THE SAVIOUR LUKE 8:40-56: “Came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, and immediately her flow of blood ceased.” (v 44)

We have now come to the realization that part of the problem why we cannot receive and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ is our inability to reach out unto Christ with sincere and true faith believing that He is truly our Saviour, God coming Himself unto us to save us. We are exploring how the very first beatitude spoken of by Lord Jesus saying– ‘Blessed (happy, [a]to be envied, and [b]spiritually prosperous—[c]with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!’ as seen in Matthew 5:3 –does not refer to material poverty as most people thought but refers to in reality to spiritual poverty. What we need is a willingness to face and recognise our spiritual bankruptcy, our being bereft spiritually and ask for help from the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit Who alone is given the divine authority to fill us with the Holy Spirit of God or in other words Who alone can awaken Christ in our worldly rendered passivity and dwarfed personal spirit. In today’s passage, as Lord Jesus Christ went along the road on one occasion, a crowd jostled and milled around Him and then a woman with a serious physical issue of blood condition came timidly through the crowd and touched His cloak or dress. Instantly she was healed. Lord Jesus aware that power had gone from Him, turned and said to the crowd, “Who is it who touched Me?” as seen in Luke 8:45. The disciples were incredulous amused that He asked this. They saw the crowd milling around Him and pressing on Him from all sides, and they just could not understand His reason for saying, “Who is it who touched Me?” But Lord Jesus having the fullness of the measure of Christ in Him knew the difference between someone pressing close to Him in a crowd and someone who touched Him in order to be made well, healed and whole. There is a great difference between jostling and touching Him. Jostling means to push, elbow to elbow push, or bump against (someone) roughly, typically in a crowd. Every week thousands go in and out of our churches, join in activities, sing the hymns and choruses, listen to the sermon; in reality they jostle and mill around Lord Jesus but they are never making any genuine reach out to touch Him. I wonder, am I speaking now to someone who is just jostling like this? Do you go to church regularly, mingle with the worshippers and, to a certain degree, enjoy the atmosphere of spirituality and worship just jostling–but never touching Lord Jesus? This is so with us today where many people go to Church jostling without touching the Lord Jesus, so from now onwards don’t just keep jostling; try to reach out and touch Lord Jesus Christ. Touch Lord Jesus for forgiveness, touch Him for inner cleansing, touch Him for power over temptation, touch Him for victory over fears and everything that stands in the way of your being blessed by God. Cease milling and jostling around in Church and reach out and touch Lord Jesus–today. From this teaching here we realize that the reason why we are not receiving our needs and desires with regard to our numerous problems solved by the Lord Jesus is because we are not sincerely and truthfully reaching out to touch the Lord Jesus Christ with all our heart. So find out what your distractions, hindrances and obstacles are and beg, asking the Lord Jesus to help you remove them so that you can be able to touch the Lord Jesus and receive whatever you want or desire from Him!

  THE LORD OF DESPERATE FAITH (LUKE 8:40-56):

We have to realize that the Lord Jesus is specifically for those whose faith rest on Him. Christ was driven away by the Gadarenes a town near the borders with Israel and Syria as seen in the following passages: Mt 8:28 ’’28 And when He arrived at the other side in the country of the Gadarenes, two men under the control of demons went to meet Him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce and savage that no one was able to pass that way’’, Mark 5:1 ’’ 1They came to the other side of the sea to the region of the Gerasenes’’, Luke 8:26, 37 ’’ 36 And those [also] who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was restored [to health]. 37 Then all the people of the country surrounding the Gerasenes’ district asked [Jesus] to depart from them, for they were possessed and suffering with dread and terror; so He entered a boat and returned [to the west side of the Sea of Galilee]’’. In Southeast of the sea of Galilee where the ruins of Umm Qeis is (Umm Qais or Qeis is Arabic meaning ‘Mother of Qeis’); the Gadarenes were weary of Lord Jesus, and willing to rid Him of them as they asked Him why He has come to disturb them; why do you think that these set of people the Gadarenes does not want the presence of Lord Jesus Christ? Notice that these are the people possessed with unclean or evil spirit, the people who are possessed by demons. But when Lord Jesus had crossed the water, and returned to the Galileans, they the Galileans then gladly received Him, wished and waited for His return, and welcomed Him with all their hearts, as seen in Luke 8:40 ’’40 Now when Jesus came back [to Galilee], the crowd received and welcomed Him gladly, for they were all waiting and looking for Him’’. Do you now see that people who reject Lord Jesus and do not want to do anything with Lord Jesus are those possessed with evil spirit, so when you are doing something that has to do with Christ Jesus and you find out people who are not comfortable with it, know that these are people possessed with demonic evil spirits. If some will not accept the favours Christ offers them, others will. If the Gadarenes be not gathered, yet there are many among whom Christ shall be glorious. When Christ had done His work on the other side of the water He returned, and found work to do in the place whence He came, fresh work. They that will lay out themselves to truly and sincerely do good shall never want occasion for it. The needy you have are always with you, they are places where you can do good to showcase Christ’s Grace and Mercy. That is why the Lord said, if you enter into a city or house first say Peace be unto you and if there be a child of peace, your peace will abide, but if not, shake the dust off your feet and walk away! We have here two miracles interwoven, as they were in Matthew and Mark—the raising of Jairus’s daughter to life, and the cure of the woman that had an issue of blood, as He was going in a crowd to Jairus’s house. We have here, I. A public address or request made to Christ by a ruler of the synagogue, whose name was Jairus, on behalf of a little daughter of his, that was very ill, and, in the apprehension of all about here, lay dying. This address or request was very humble and reverent. Jairus, though a ruler, fell down at Lord Jesus’ feet, as owning Him to be a ruler above him. This address and request by Jairus was very importunate or persisting to the point of annoyance. Here we witness the faith attitude of two different people: Jairus and the Centurion! Jairus besought Lord Jesus that He would come into his house; not having the faith, at least not having the thought, of the centurion, who desired Christ only to speak the healing word at or from a distance. But Christ complied with his request; He went along with him. Strong faith shall always be applauded by the Lord Jesus, and yet weak faith shall not be rejected either. In the houses where sickness and death are, it is very desirable to have the presence of Christ. When Christ was going, the people thronged Him, some out of curiosity to see Him, others out of affection or love for Him and others for what they want Him to do for them. Which of these groups do you belong? Let us not complain of a crowd, and a throng, and a hurry, as long as we are in the way of our duty in the Lord, and doing good; but otherwise it is what every wise man will keep himself out of as much as he can. II. Here is a secret desire, request, need or application made to Christ by a woman ill of a bloody issue, which had been the affliction or consumption of her body and the consumption of her purse too; for she had spent all her living upon physicians, and was never the better as seen in Luke 8:43 ’’43 And a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years [m]and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone’’. The nature of her disease was such that she did not care to make a public complaint of it (it was agreeable to the modesty of her sex to be very shy of speaking of it publicly), and therefore she took this opportunity of coming to Christ in a crowd; and the more people were present the more likely she thought it was that she should conceal it. Her faith was very strong; for she doubted not but that by the touch of the hem of Lord Jesus’ garment she should derive from Him healing virtue sufficient for her relief, looking upon Him to be such a full fountain of mercies and healing that she should steal a cure and He not miss it. Thus many a poor soul is healed, and helped, and saved, by Christ, that is lost in a crowd, and that nobody takes notice of. The woman found an immediate change for the better in herself, and that her disease was cured as seen in Luke 8:44 ’’44 Came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, and immediately her flow of blood ceased’’. As believers have comfortable communion with Christ, so they have comfortable communications from Him incognito—secretly, meat to eat that the world knows not of, and joy that a stranger does not intermeddle with. III. Here is a discovery of this secret cure, to the glory both of the physician and the patient. 1. Christ takes notice that there is a cure wrought: Virtue is gone out of Me, “Someone did touch Me; for I perceived that [healing] power has gone forth from Me” as seen in Luke 8:46. Those that have been healed by virtue derived from Christ must own it, for He knows it. He speaks of it here, not in a way of complaint, as if He were hereby either weakened or wronged, but in a way of complacency. It was His delight that virtue was gone out of Him to do any good, and He did not grudge it to the meanest; they were as welcome to it as to the light and heat of the sun. Nor had He the less virtue in Him for the going out of the virtue from Him for He is an overflowing fountain of goodness. 2. The poor patient owns her case, and the benefit she had received: “And when the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came up trembling, and, falling down before Him, she declared in the presence of all the people for what reason she had touched Him and how she had been instantly cured” as seen in Luke 8:47. Note, The consideration of this, that we cannot be hid from Christ, from this, when we know that we cannot hide anything from Christ this should engage us to pour out our hearts before Him, and to show before Him all our sin and all our trouble including all of our needs and desires we should make known to the Lord Jesus, do we often do that? She came trembling, and yet her faith saved her, as seen in verse 47. Note, There may be trembling where yet there is saving faith. She declared before all the people for what cause she had touched Him because she believed that a touch would cure her, and it did. Christ’s patients should communicate their experiences to one another. 3. The great physician confirms her cure, and sends her away with the comfort of it: Be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole, as seen in Luke 8:48 ’’48 And He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your confidence and trust in Me) has made you well! Go (enter) [o]into peace ([p]untroubled, undisturbed well-being)’’. Jacob got the blessing from Isaac clandestinely, that is doing things in secret due to some illicitness, and by a wile or cunning stratagems which mean a plan or scheme, especially one used to outwit an opponent or achieve an end; but, when the fraud was discovered, Isaac ratified it designedly. It was obtained surreptitiously and under-hand, but it was secured and seconded above-board. Surreptitious means to keep secret, especially because it would not be approved of. So was the cure here. He is blessed, and he shall be blessed; so here, She is healed, and she shall be healed not minding what the OT said about touching an unclean person. IV. Here is an encouragement to Jairus not to distrust the power of Christ, though his daughter was now dead, and they that brought him the tidings advised him not to give the Master any further trouble about her: Fear not, saith Christ, only believe. Note, Our faith in Christ should be bold and daring, as well as our zeal for Him. They that are willing to do anything for Him may depend upon His doing great things for them, above what they are able to ask or think. When the patient is dead there is no room for prayer, or the use of means; but here, though the child is dead, yet believe, all shall be well. Post mortem medicus—that is to call in the physician after death, is an absurdity; but not post mortem Christus—which means to call in Christ after death. Oh what a wonderful statement that post mortem-medicus is absurdity but post mortem-Christus is encouraged because life is normally restored when you faithfully heed to call in Christ after death! V. It is very important to notice the Preparative for the raising of her to life again: 1. The choice Christ made not to allow of many witnesses that should see the miracle wrought. A crowd followed Him, but perhaps they were rude and noisy or there were possessed people amid the crowd who will try to counter-work the Work of Christ like in HOJ’s experience in the Nsukka woman’s cure; however, it was not fit to let such a multitude come into a gentleman’s house, especially now that the family was all in sorrow; therefore He sent them back, and not because He was afraid to let the miracle pass their scrutiny; for He raised Lazarus and the widow’s son publicly. He took none with Him but Peter, and James, and John, that triumvirate of His disciples that He was most intimate with, designing these three, with the parents, to be the only spectators of the miracle, they being a competent number to attest the truth of it. Triumvirate means a board of three officials jointly responsible for some task and it is used of the Romans. 2. The check, the encouragement or faith-building word Lord Jesus gave to the mourners. They all wept, and bewailed her; for, it seems, she was a very agreeable hopeful child, and dear not only to the parents, but to all the neighbours. But Christ bid them not to weep; for she is not dead, but sleepeth. He means, as to her peculiar case, that she was not dead for good and all, but that she should now shortly be raised to life, so that it would be to her friends as if she had been but a few hours asleep. But notice here that this is a demonstration as it is applicable to all that die in the Lord Christ; therefore we should not sorrow for them as those that have no hope, because death is but a sleep to them, not only as it is a rest from all the toils or labour of the days of time, but as there will be a resurrection, a waking and rising again to all the glories of the days of eternity. This was a comfortable word which Christ said to these mourners, yet they wickedly ridiculed it, and laughed Him to scorn for it here was a pearl cast before swine. Pearl is something of great rarity and worth. They that scorns or laughs at the Lord Jesus were ignorant of the Scriptures of the Old Testament who bantered it as an absurd thing to call death a sleep; yet this good came out of that evil that hereby the truth of the miracle was evinced; for they knew that she was dead, they were certain of it, and therefore nothing less than a divine power could restore her to life. We find not any answer that He made them; but He soon explained Himself, I hope to their conviction, so that they would never again laugh or scorn at any word of His. But He put them all out, as seen in Luke 8:54 ’’ 54 And grasping her hand, He called, saying, Child, arise [[s]from the sleep of death]!’’. They were unworthy to be the witnesses of this work of wonder; they who in the midst of their mourning were so merrily disposed as to laugh at Him for what He said He would do, it may be, have found something to laugh at in what He did, and therefore are justly shut out. Do you see that it is not everybody that is qualified to witness great divine miracles and wonders of Christ! This incident reminded me of the crippled Nsukka woman who before the Lord Christ healed her He first ordered that one of the persons who brought her for deliverance be chased out and away because as the woman was about to instantly arise, this evil person focused her gaze on the crippled woman and she trembled and fell and thus missed her instant healing, then her healing thereafter took a gradual form, meaning this person that brought her for deliverance was responsible for her being a cripple. VI. Her return to life, after a short visit to the congregation of the dead: He took her by the hand (as we do by one that we would awake out of sleep, and help up), and He called, saying, Maid, arise, as seen in Luke 8:55 ’’55 And her spirit returned [[t]from death], and she arose immediately; and He directed that she should be given something to eat’’. Thus the hand of Christ’s grace goes along with the calls of His word, to make them effectual. Here that is expressed which was only implied in the other evangelists, that her spirit came again; her soul returned again to animate her body. This plainly proves that the human soul exists and acts in a state of separation or separateness from the body, and therefore the soul is immortal; that death does not extinguish this candle of the Lord called soul, but the Lord God takes the human soul out of a dark lantern called body. It is not, as Grotius well observes, the krasis or temperament of the body, or anything that dies with it; but it is anthypostaton ti—something that subsists by itself, which, after death, is somewhere else than where the body is. Where the soul of this child was in this short interval of it leaving the body of the child we are not told; it was in the hand of the Father of spirits, to whom all souls at death return. When her spirit came back again into her body she arose, and made it appear that she was alive by her motion, as she did also by her appetite; for Christ commanded them to give her meat. As babes newly born, so those that are newly raised, desire spiritual food, that they may grow thereby. In Luke 8:56 which says “56 And her parents were amazed, but He charged them to tell no one what had occurred”; we need not wonder to find her parents astonished; but if that implies that they only were so, and not the other by-standers, who had laughed Christ to scorn, we may well wonder at their stupidity, which perhaps was the reason why Christ would not have it proclaimed, as well as to give an instance of His humility. Let’s look into God’s Word and discover the Lord Jesus who has power to heal and the Lord of desperate faith by reading Luke 8:40-56, 40 Now when Jesus came back [to Galilee], the crowd received and welcomed Him gladly, for they were all waiting and looking for Him. 41 And there came a man named Jairus, who had [for a [a]long time] been a director of the synagogue; and falling at the feet of Jesus, he begged Him to come to his house, 42 For he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As [Jesus] went, the people pressed together around Him [almost suffocating Him]. 43 And a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years [b]and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone, 44 Came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, and immediately her flow of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, Who is it who touched Me? When all were denying it, Peter [c]and those who were with him said, Master, the multitudes surround You and press You on every side! 46 But Jesus said, Someone did touch Me; for I perceived that [healing] power has gone forth from Me. 47 And when the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came up trembling, and, falling down before Him, she declared in the presence of all the people for what reason she had touched Him and how she had been instantly cured. 48 And He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your confidence and trust in Me) has made you well! Go (enter) [d]into peace ([e]untroubled, undisturbed well-being). 49 While He was still speaking, a man from the house of the director of the synagogue came and said [to Jairus], Your daughter is dead; do not [f]weary and trouble the Teacher any further. 50 But Jesus, on hearing this, answered him, Do not be seized with alarm or struck with fear; simply believe [[g]in Me as able to do this], and she shall be made well. 51 And when He came to the house, He permitted no one to enter with Him except Peter and John and James, and the girl’s father and mother. 52 And all were weeping for and bewailing her; but He said, Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping. 53 And they laughed Him to scorn, knowing full well that she was dead. 54 And grasping her hand, He called, saying, Child, arise [[h]from the sleep of death]! 55 And her spirit returned [[i]from death], and she arose immediately; and He directed that she should be given something to eat. 56 And her parents were amazed, but He charged them to tell no one what had occurred.

  Introduction:

The account before us today is a story of how God sovereigntyly weaves together these two people who find themselves in desperate situations. First, we’re introduced, very briefly, to Jairus. Luke tells us that he was a ruler of the synagogue in Capernaum, the city of believers. We’ve already seen this synagogue in Luke chapter 4 where Lord Jesus preached and did miracles. He left this synagogue and went and healed Simon’s mother in –law who is one of His disciple. It was in this synagogue that Jairus ruled. Jairus, had, no doubt, witnessed the miracles of casting out of the evils spirits, healing the man with the withered hand and later the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law. Jairus also believed Lord Jesus could heal his twelve-year-old daughter; after all if Peter’s Mother-in-law was at the point of death and Lord Jesus could heal her, He can heal my daughter who is also at the point of death Jairus may have reasoned. Secondly, we’re introduced to a woman who had a bleeding disease for twelve years. The disease had taken all her strength away and all the money away in paying doctors. Like Jairus, she was helpless to effect any change in her circumstances. She had tried everything anyone had told her and nothing helped. In fact, Mark tells us that she was worse off than before. Luke, also being a doctor, understood all well the limitations that doctors had back in those days. He also understood the significance of the account we’re about to read. So what we have that weaves these accounts together is that both are helpless to find a cure and both seek out Jesus Christ for their answer and solution to their problems. Both had some degree or measure of faith, though it wasn’t perfect. Both came to Christ in belief and desperation and Lord Jesus, in love and compassion, did what only He could do. Both fell at the Master’s feet and sought the answer and cure in Him. Do we do seek answer and cure from the Lord Jesus when we are in similar situations as Jairus and woman with blood issue? Have you ever found yourself at the place of desperation? Have you ever been helpless to effect change yourself? Have you ever tried to help matters by listening to other’s advice and like the woman with the issue of blood, only found your situation worse? Father we pray that You fix permanently Your Word deep in our hearts forever… 1. The Synagogue Ruler Who Fell at Jesus’ Feet; as seen in Luke 8:41 -42, 41 And there came a man named Jairus, who had [for a [a]long time] been a director of the synagogue; and falling at the feet of Jesus, he begged Him to come to his house, 42 For he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As [Jesus] went, the people pressed together around Him [almost suffocating Him]. The first person to meet Lord Jesus today is a prominent religious leader. Luke introduces Jairus as the ruler of the synagogue. This man was well known by the people and very well respected. He was very religious being the one in charge of the everyday affairs concerning the place of worship. What drove this religious leader to Lord Jesus? Under normal circumstances they had nothing to do with Lord Jesus. The religious establishment of the day either avoided Lord Jesus or went after Him trying to somehow trap Him and get rid of Him. It was out of the ordinary for a proud religious ruler to approach Lord Jesus, it was not the proper thing to do. But Jairus was desperate. No one had ever seen Jairus act this way. Rather than having it all together, he Jairus was falling apart. Rather than being in charge, his Jairus world was spinning out of control and as hard as he tried, there was nothing he could do about it -Jairus twelve year old daughter was dying and he can do nothing to save her. His darling daughter that had brought him and his wife so much joy for twelve years was about to leave this world untimely and there was nothing he could do, except to fall at the Master’s feet in humility and brokenness and cry out to Lord Jesus to heal his twelve-year-old little girl. Can you imagine that, a leader in a synagogue who can pray, who know how to do some Old Testament ritual for healing is here powerless before the Lord Jesus Christ! This is the similar thing that many of today’s generation of church leaders will soon begin to experience and it is going to be a means that the Lord Jesus will use to show the people who is who just as He is currently dealing with the politicians all over the world! 2. The Unclean Woman Who Fell at Lord Jesus’ Feet; as seen in Luke 8: 42b-48, As [Jesus] went, the people pressed together around Him [almost suffocating Him]. 43 And a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years [b]and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone, 44 Came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, and immediately her flow of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, Who is it who touched Me? When all were denying it, Peter [c]and those who were with him said, Master, the multitudes surround You and press You on every side! 46 But Jesus said, Someone did touch Me; for I perceived that [healing] power has gone forth from Me. 47 And when the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came up trembling, and, falling down before Him, she declared in the presence of all the people for what reason she had touched Him and how she had been instantly cured. . 48 And He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your confidence and trust in Me) has made you well! Go (enter) [d]into peace ([e]untroubled, undisturbed well-being). Here is the second person Luke shows us today and she is also doing something socially unacceptable. Because of her disease, she has been made unclean. To touch such a person made you unclean. Someone declared unclean could not enter the worship centre or have contact with anyone else until the disease was cured. Did you hear that to even touch a diseased person like the woman with the issue of blood renders you unclean! Leviticus 15:25 says, 25 And if a woman has an issue of blood for many days, not during the time of her separation, or if she has a discharge beyond the time of her [regular] impurity, all the days of the issue of her uncleanness she shall be as in the days of her impurity; she shall be unclean. This woman was desperate in her true seeking of the Lord Jesus. Desperate means feeling or showing a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with. Luke tells us she has tried all the doctors. She has spent all her money. She has been a social outcast for twelve years due to the fact that she is unclean according to Moses Law. She has not had any sort of family life or community connections for twelve long years; she’s poor, sick, and outcast. Do you here see the likes of some of the things in the Old Testament that Lord Jesus came to correct and ratify in the New Testament? We’re given another detail that’s interesting that Jairus’ daughter is twelve years old and this issue of blood woman has had this bleeding disease for twelve years also. When in one house joy and happiness was born twelve years ago, sorrow and sickness was born in the other. The issue of blood woman had no doubt heard of the miracle working power of Jesus Christ. She must have thought that there is no way Lord Jesus could come to me because of the blight or disease that coming in contact with me would give Him. If I could secretly touch Him maybe without anyone knowing I would be healed and He would not be contaminated by my uncleanness. That’s exactly what she did. “44 Came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, and immediately her flow of blood ceased” As seen in Luke 8:44 She didn’t touch His head or His arm but simply the hem of His robe. Jesus Christ’s power to heal overwhelmed the disease and through faith she was made whole again. Her plan had worked except for one thing, she was no longer hidden in secret any longer, and yet now she didn’t need to be, she was cured and healed. 47 And when the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came up trembling, and, falling down before Him, she declared in the presence of all the people for what reason she had touched Him and how she had been instantly cured. 48 And He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your confidence and trust in Me) has made you well! Go (enter) [d]into peace ([e]untroubled, undisturbed well-being). Do you see that when we are healed and made whole spirit, soul and body, we enter into peace untroubled, undisturbed well-being. Lord Jesus knew what was going on. It was for the benefit of declaring this issue of blood woman officially clean that Lord Jesus called her to the front of the line in public in correction and ratification of the OT law in Leviticus and in other places in the Scripture and the Gospel. It was also for the benefit of Lord Jesus followers that He put the woman with issue of blood on the centre stage. In fear and humility she fell at Lord Jesus feet. In faith and healing Lord Jesus lifted her up and declared to everyone she is now clean. What does Lord Jesus say to her? Daughter, your faith (your confidence and trust in Me) has made you well! Go (enter) [d]into peace ([e]untroubled, undisturbed well-being). First He calms her fears by calling her Daughter. Then He says to her that it was her faith in Him Lord Jesus Christ that healed her. Her desperate faith had told her Lord Jesus can do this. Her belief in the healing power of Christ caused her to go to Lord Jesus. Do you see the things you have to acquire in other to benefit from Christ, your desperate faith that Lord Jesus can do what you need, your belief in the healing power of Lord Jesus. She didn’t just say to herself, I believe Lord Jesus has the power to heal me and then do nothing. No, she believed so strongly that she acted on what she believed and went to Lord Jesus. She came sick and afraid, she left healed, at peace and saved. Do you see another thing that is important apart from having a desperate faith that the Lord Jesus can do and belief in the healing power of Lord Jesus, she acted by coming to the Lord Jesus! Have your desperate faith, believe Christ healing power and act by going to Lord Jesus! You might wonder but Lord Jesus not only healed her physically but also spiritually. Luke uses the word SOZO that is translated in other places as salvation or saved. Her faith not only gained her access to God for healing but it also gained her access for salvation. 3. While Jesus was Still Speaking, news of death came Luke 8:49 -50: 49 While He was still speaking, a man from the house of the director of the synagogue came and said [to Jairus], Your daughter is dead; do not [f]weary and trouble the Teacher any further. 50 But Jesus, on hearing this, answered him, Do not be seized with alarm or struck with fear; simply believe [[g]in Me as able to do this], and she shall be made well. In the very few seconds Lord Jesus was speaking peace to the healed woman, Jairus’ situation went from desperation to death. Now what had feared him the most became a reality. As soon as Jairus saw the messenger’s face he knew that his daughter had died. I’m sure he thought, If only that woman could have waited an hour longer we could have made it in time. What he was about to learn is that There is nothing impossible for God which is what the Lord God also wants us to learn and know. As I read this passage carefully, I was reminded of the beginning of the Book of Job. Job begins receiving bad news and over and over it says that while the messenger was still speaking another came and while he was still speaking another came. I was also reminded of the centurion, 6 And Jesus went with them. But when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent [some] friends to Him, saying, Lord, do not trouble [Yourself], for I am not [a]sufficiently worthy to have You come under my roof; as seen in Luke 7:6. It was no trouble for Lord Jesus to go. Notice what Lord Jesus says to this grieving father, Do not be seized with alarm or struck with fear; simply believe [[g]in Me as able to do this], and she shall be made well. It is simple, just believe and trust that Lord Jesus is able to do... God would do the healing but the human part is faith that is that we do the believing. God always does the work in salvation. He does the work and we do the believing. Coming to Jesus Christ was the right thing. Even though now it seems things are beyond hope, Lord Jesus is still in charge, she shall be made well, there is that same word again, she will see salvation. She will be healed body, spirit and soul. The people from the house didn’t believe. Their advice was to not trouble the Teacher anymore. Jairus was different. Even though his was a desperate faith, it was still faith. It was the type of faith that even when told his little girl was dead pulled Lord Jesus along by the hand until they reached his home. This was a great faith. This is the type of faith and belief and action God wants us to take in our entire troubled situation! 4. The Great Awakening; 51 And when He came to the house, He permitted no one to enter with Him except Peter and John and James, and the girl’s father and mother. 52 And all were weeping for and bewailing her; but He said, Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping. 53 And they laughed Him to scorn, knowing full well that she was dead. 54 And grasping her hand, He called, saying, Child, arise [[h]from the sleep of death]! 55 And her spirit returned [[i]from death], and she arose immediately; and He directed that she should be given something to eat. 56 And her parents were amazed, but He charged them to tell no one what had occurred. I want to direct our attention to a couple of important things in this section. First, Lord Jesus says that the little girl is not dead but sleeping. We must understand that she was dead. However, for believers, death is very similar to being asleep. What Lord Jesus was saying was that death would not have the last say. Death will give up its captives. The 12-year-old daughter of Jairus was a precursor to the great resurrection all believers will experience. Precursor is a thing that comes before another of the same kind. Second, at the command of Christ her spirit returned to her body. Death happens when our bodies cannot or are unfit to house our spirits. Do you hear that the accumulation of sinfulness renders the human body unfit to house the human spirit anymore! Lord Jesus recreated new life as He spoke and Jairus daughter’s spirit returned back to her body. Someday when we experience glorification, our spirits and our bodies will be reunited again as well then every true child of God especially those that are dead will experience resurrection exactly the way Lord Jesus experienced it at His resurrection.

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When faced with trials in our lives, we must act in faith like Jairus and the woman with issue of blood. We must believe and act by going to Christ. You may be in the thick of a trial right now what is the right response? Go to Christ by faith. 49 While He was still speaking, a man from the house of the director of the synagogue came and said [to Jairus], Your daughter is dead; do not [f]weary and trouble the Teacher any further. 50 But Jesus, on hearing this, answered him, Do not be seized with alarm or struck with fear; simply believe [[g]in Me as able to do this], and she shall be made well. Would it be correct for us to hear Lord Jesus telling us through the Word today… Do not fear; only believe, and all will be well or Do not be seized with alarm or struck with fear; simply believe [[g]in Me as able to do this], and she shall be made well. Faith in Christ is always the answer. How do we endure trials? Believe and act on that belief. How do we resist temptations? Believe that Christ is more valuable than any pleasure sin could bring. Faith will drive us to act. Are we truly believing and trusting Jesus Christ today? What Lord Jesus wants us to do concerning belief and acting is given in the psalm below: 15 And call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall honor and glorify Me” as seen in Psalm 50:15. The divine delay which Luke reports illustrates the fact that biblical faith is what God requires when all human hope is gone. It is often said that when your faith is lost His help will come! The woman had faith that Lord Jesus could heal her, when all human hope was gone. She had seen all the doctors, and they had only made her condition worse. She had spent all of her money, so in reality she had no remaining options. It took 12 years, but all human hope was now gone. Faith was not the result of hope (human hope) but the response to the absence of it. The same can be said for Jairus. The messengers who came to report the girl’s death seemed to believe that there was hope of the girl’s healing so long as she was alive. Once she died, they saw no hope, and thus they counselled Jairus not to “bother the Teacher” any longer. The mourners, gathered inside Jairus’ house felt the same way. When Lord Jesus spoke of the girl’s death condition as being “asleep” rather than as “death” they laughed at Lord Jesus in unbelief. They saw no hope. The funeral might just as well go on. But Jairus’ words, as recorded in Matthew, reinforced by our Lord’s encouragement, indicate that faith has hope when all human hope is gone. “Faith” which still has human options is a meagre faith. Biblical faith has God as its object when all other options are gone. Always remember that Lord Jesus does not just use words, any word He used in His New Testament ministry has its origin from the old, so when He used the word ‘sleep’ for death, He knows what He is saying! This principle has great relevance to Christians today. There is much being said and being written about PMA, Positive Mental Attitude, or they call it Positive Thinking, but by whatever label it is known, most of what is advocated falls far short of biblical faith. PMA is really human optimism, based upon possibilities, but not upon God’s person, His power, and His promises. Faith is what one demonstrates when there is nothing to be positive about except God, His Word-which is His person, His power and His promises. PMA is hype-an intensive publicity or promotion, more than it is hope. Biblical faith produces true hope; it does not depend on PMA for its existence. PMA seeks to reverse the order, and in so doing it is wrong. True faith believes in the Person of Lord God Jesus Christ, His Word, His Power and His Promises! For many, a great barrier to faith is that things are too good, hope is too high, there are too many other options; meaning your hope is not yet lost, you still have some yet untried options, so His help-that is His mercy and grace cannot yet come. I believe that when our Lord said, “20 And solemnly lifting up His eyes on His disciples, He said: Blessed (happy—[a]with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition—and [b]to be envied) are you poor and [c]lowly and afflicted (destitute of wealth, influence, position, and honor), for the kingdom of God is yours!” as seen in Luke 6:20, He was referring to their helpless, hopeless, condition, which encourages them to turn to God and His resources, rather than to human means because all available human means have all failed and hope is lost. One reason why Lord Jesus spent so much time among the helpless and the hopeless was because they were ripe for faith. From what they have passed through they knew better than to put their trust in mere mortals, or in human wisdom, strength, or people. Many are those who reject God because they have too many other things in which to trust. When God pulls the rug out from under us, when He removes all other options, remove those other things in which we trust then we must turn and trust in Him alone. May we find our trust and our hope only in Jesus Christ when it is not yet too late and far away from us! When we may have lost and missed the time of our visitation. Someone might be tempted to think that these two people were forced into faith, and in one sense this is true—neither of them had anything or anyone else to trust in. Neither the woman with issue of blood nor Jairus had much choice. They were, as we say here, “between a rock and a hard place” ‘’between the devil and the Dead Sea.’’ Those of us who have found themselves in desperate places probably have experienced greater faith than we, and they can and will praise God for this. But all of us who choose to live in accordance with God’s Word, with His commands and teaching, will discover that faith is required not only for the emergencies of life, but for the routines of life as well. Try to live by the Sermon on the Mount without faith, for example. Faith is essential for all men, at all times. Emergencies only underscore this reality from time to time. Many a time we only seek the Lord God during emergencies which is our faith fails us! I know many of you today are enduring trials. Let’s pause for a moment and pray. Let’s call upon the Lord as a congregation in the day of trouble for here lie our victory. Let’s claim by faith that we believe God’s Word. Let’s humbly remind the Lord of this promise that as we call on Him in our time of trouble, He will deliver our loved ones and us. When He does that we will glorify Him. So the deliverance you may be seeking today is not deliverance to comfort but one in which God’s glory will be magnified. May each of us be men and women of faith, trusting in God, in His power, and in His promises, knowing that trusting in anything or in anyone else is a folly. Let us not only seek Him during emergency!

  

Lord Jesus, I reach out now to touch You with the hand of faith. My needs are great Lord, but I know You are greater than them all. I receive You now and surrender completely to You my Lord. I believe Lord but always help my unbelief especially those unbelief that comes during emergencies as this is the time when our faith seem to fail us, Lord I need your help and assistance always! In Your name Lord Jesus I pray and ask it. Amen!