Hannah has provided the notes this week.
We’ve got two stories for the price of one here! Or one story interrupted by another. The passage can be read here
This is one of my favourites. Imagine the scene, the crowds were so big that they were almost crushing Jesus. It must have been amazing to see. For anyone to get to Jesus would have been so difficult with the amount of people there. I think it was probably quite similar to Tesco on Christmas Eve – crazy! Everyone forgets their manners, everyone is stressed, and everyone is trying to see the same thing. In the midst of this Jairus makes his way to Jesus. I imagine that the crowds parted for the synagogue leader who would have been highly respected at that time, when he gets to Jesus he is desperate.
I’m not a parent, I have no idea what it’s like to love a child like a parent does. I can imagine though that Jairus felt that every second counted. His daughter (his only daughter) was dying. Being a person of social standing, my guess is that Jairus had already tried the doctor and any common remedies – Jesus was his only hope. Despite this, Jairus is forced to wait while Jesus investigates the mystery of who touched him.
For the other woman in this story, the crowds probably didn’t allow her easy access to Jesus. She would have been ceremonially unclean as she had been bleeding for years. She probably didn’t have many friends, it was probably very difficult to leave the house. Basically, she was of no importance at all.
The thing is, Jesus looks at the heart. He cares no more about Jairus and his daughter than he does about the rejected woman. He loves them both, he heals them both. He tells the woman that her faith has healed her, the fact that she believed that just a touch could make her clean. For Jairus, an enormous amount of faith was required too, he was told his daughter had already died and had to believe Jesus when he said she was sleeping. Jesus honoured their faith, not their social standing.
I wonder why Jesus insisted on identifying the woman who had touched him, Peter’s frustration is fairly clear. Everyone was touching Jesus they were in a very busy crowd. I wonder if Jesus wanted to publically honour the woman’s faith, maybe he wanted to make sure that she didn’t think he healed her by accident, maybe he wanted her to know why she’d been healed. It’s all speculation but I know he called her out of the crowds for a reason and I think it was for her.
This story demonstrates that Jesus doesn’t run out of power or have a limit of how many miracles he can provide for us. Jesus is all powerful, he doesn’t deal with one person at a time. He can save us all, he can heal us all. Wherever we are and whatever we’re going through Jesus is with us, if we come to him with faith he will save us. Hallelujah!
Thank you Lord that you love us all even though we might think we’re not as important as others. Help us to have hearts that are filled with faith and focused on you.