What do we know about Jarius? His daughter was sick, he worked with the pharisees as the leader of the synagogue. He oversaw the building and school. It was daring for him to ask something of Jesus. And perhaps something of a last resort. "Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live." (Mark 5:23b NLT)
Jesus went with Him - He accepted the invitation/request. But then, all the people crowded around Him - think rock star status. The crowd stopped Him. And a woman touches Him.
As we look at this story, think about the woman -- an issue of bleeding for 12 years! A condition that was not going away, cost her all her money to try and fix, and made her unclean, socially and religiously. She was shunned and cast out, no contact with others.
What do you think her emotional state was?
(congregational responses: desperate, lonely, scared, at wit's end, out of options, despairing)
Yet she can to Jesus with confidence, with resolve, with a belief, with faith! She came to Jesus expecting something was going to happen! This is a lesson for us. Many hear about Jesus but do not respond.
"If I just touch His clothes I will be healed" verse 28
Do we have this expectancy when we are reaching out to Christ in prayer?
Her faith is genuine, undeterred -- fighting to get to Jesus.
If I just reach out to Jesus, I will have the power and strength to endure, I will know peace, grow in patience, I will make through, find healing.
Remember last week, when we learned that somethings Jesus removes the storm and sometimes he give us the capacity to endure the storm and grow?
At this point, Pastor Dave had Bob come and represent Jesus, who stood in the center aisle. Several people become the crowd around him. Then Becky represented the woman in the story....
What stands between you and Jesus? What distracts and gets in the way?
(congregational responses: pride, willfulness, excuses, lack of faith, emotions)
There was just something about Jesus, something that drew her in, something about His name - she was curious, intrigued, drawn in..... What draws you to Jesus?
She works her way into the crowd.... "Immediately, her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering." (verse 29)
And now today's question: Who touched my clothes?
And the disciples response: "You see the people crowding around you and yet you can ask who touched me?"
In Luke's telling of this story, "I know that power has gone out from me." (Luke 8:46) Someone approached Jesus with faith.
Jesus could distinguish the touch of one person and know that faith motivated that touch.
Word of the day: POWER
Jesus displayed great power and tremendous compassion (intimacy)
Many of us remember "God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food. By His hand we all are fed, give us Lord, our daily bread. Amen." -- we are in awe of His greatness, but we desperately need His goodness. That's what happens in this story. Jesus looks into the eyes of the ones He ministers to. The power made itself know, but He wants to be more than just the power in your life. He wants to not just be living, but ALIVE. The power took away the illness, but it was the intimacy that would allow her really start to live.
Daughter, you faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering. (verse 34)
What is the difference between the crowds who are curious about Jesus and the few who reach out and touch Him?
It is only faith that releases power, strength, perseverance, peace, joy, hope, comfort, relief, soothing, and yes healing, and the capacity to go on.
The Pond Story -- as a child, after many times going out with his dad, Pastor Dave went out on a family pond in a rowboat alone, as he felt he was ready and it was time, while his dad watched from shore (it was a small pond) But he couldn't get control of the boat and got frustrated. He yelled to his dad on the shore after fighting with the oars and said, "I've done everything!" -- But his dad said "No, you haven't." He took off his shoes, waded to the boat (up to his waist), pulled Dave to shore and said, "You haven't done everything until you've asked me for help."
To close, Pastor Dave had Rob sing "Lord I Need You" while we took some time to write down and bring to the alter the things we are "reaching for".