Jesus responds to a humbled heart

Luke 8:40-44

Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about 12, was dying.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

Jairus is a synagogue leader, he is very well known in the community and deeply respected by all the people. Synagogues were like small churches where people could gather to hear the Scriptures read to them. Jairus was a man at the top of the social ladder, he was used to getting what he wanted and he was able to make things happen. However something had come up that he couldn’t fix or solve or pay someone to take care of; his only daughter was dying. He needed a miracle, he needed God to act on his daughters behalf, he needed Jesus.

And Jesus responds to this important man that humbled himself at his feet and agrees to go see his daughter. But on the way he is stopped by a woman that had suffered from bleeding for 12 years. She is considered unclean because of the blood; she is ostracized from the community. No one wants to touch her because they will become ceremonially unclean also, and will have to go through extensive cleansing rituals before they are able to worship at the temple or go out in public again. This unnamed woman would certainly be considered at the bottom of the social ladder and yet Jesus responds to this unclean woman by making her clean.

Jesus does not see social order, he sees people in need. Jesus loves them both, he responds to them both. He heals the synagogue leader’s daughter and he heals the woman with the issue of blood. No one is closer to Jesus because of who they are or what they do. Bible teachers are not more loved then nurses or counselors or lawyers.

God sees you, and he will stop for you- when you are doing well and when you are feeling completely unclean. Jesus loves you, Jesus has time for you. Go to him, fall at his feet like Jairus and the woman did. Humble yourself and tell him your hurts, fears and needs. He will respond to you.

Prayer: Thank you Jesus, that you see us right where we are and love us the same. Humble our hearts so we can turn to you and be healed.