Jesus Responds to a Humbled Heart


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.      Luke 8:40-44

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 daughter’s 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 Jesus 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 then, they too, will become ceremonially unclean, 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 retail workers.

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. In Jesus name. Amen.


Published by Linda Colby

Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

2 thoughts on “Jesus Responds to a Humbled Heart

  1. “I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! Death wrapped its ropes around me; the terrors of the grave overtook me. I saw only trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Please, Lord, save me!” How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours! The Lord protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and he saved me. Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭116:1-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    Just the knowledge that The God of all creation will bend down and hear me……
    Thank you Linda, for reminding us, that God hears even me…


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