Luke 8:40-56 gives one of the most challenging reminders of Christ’s power and what our desperate reliance on Him can do.
A man named Jairus, a powerful leader in the synagogue, literally ran to Jesus begging Him to save his dying 12-year-old daughter. As Jesus was on His way to Jairus’ house, a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years, who no one was able to heal, touched the edge of His cloak and she was immediately healed. Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” Everyone denied touching Him and even Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” The woman knew she had been noticed by the King so she fell at His feet and told Him why she touched Him and that she had been healed because of it. Jesus told her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” As Jesus was still speaking, someone from Jairus’ household came to where the crowd was and said Jairus’ daughter was dead and there was no need for Jesus to come. Hearing this, one has to imagine Jesus immediately felt Jairus’ gut-wrenching pain and grief because Jesus immediately said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” Jesus walked into Jairus’ house, which was full of mourning and wailing people, and went to the girl. Jesus held her hand and said, “My child get up!” Scripture says instantly her spirit returned and she stood up.
When we are at our most desperate, like the bleeding woman and Jairus, we must go running to Jesus. Even Jairus’ status, power, material possessions or seemingly important responsibilities didn’t matter. Jairus couldn’t give enough, talk enough, spend enough money or work enough for his daughter to be healed. He knew he had to run to the only One who could save her.
What did the bleeding woman and Jairus have in common? They believed and their faith was put into action. They knew the only solution to their physical problem was the supernatural power/spirit of Christ and they stepped out in faith. Both experienced healing by it. In the most vulnerable spots of our lives, God wants us to believe in His mightiness and come to Him daring to ask for great things.
What if the woman and Jairus stayed where they were and just accepted their condition? They would have missed out on a powerful encounter with Jesus and they would have missed out on change. They would have been stuck in their turmoil. When we are desperate for God to move, we must act, stepping out of comfort, acceptance or inconvenience and allow the Source of change to work. Even in friendships, marriage, or relationships with our children, we might be at a place where we feel there is nothing left and we are at our rope’s end. If we are desperate enough to run to Jesus, fully believing that just by the touch of his cloak, His power will go out from Him and into the ones we are desperate for, change will happen. He will help us believe when it doesn’t seem possible. He longs to say to His children, “My child get up!”
It’s in these moments, our very nature begins to change so that we fix our eyes on the unseen. May we desperately take our pleas for change before the only One who can give it.