Loved by the Father
"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 twelve, 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 twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, 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." Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace." Luke 8:40-47
Jesus had gained great attention by this time in his ministry and drew large crowds of people wherever He went. People who followed Him from place to place, just wanting to be near Him, wanting to see what He was going to do or say next, and hoping to have their needs met.
Do you have needs that you are looking to Jesus to meet? Don't we all? I cannot think of a single person who isn't facing some trouble, whether it is sickness, financial troubles, marriage, business or family troubles. It is safe to assume that in the "crowd" walking with Jesus to Jairus' house that day, everyone there had a need and that many, if not all, were hoping that they would be so fortunate as to get His attention and have their need met.
The traditional thinking of that day was that God played favorites – that He was very selective about whom, when and how He would bless. If we recall, they were living in a time when there had been about 400 years of 'silence' from heaven in the organized churches. God had not been speaking through prophets or priests for a very long time. The only people healed during this time and before Jesus' ministry, were those who were fortunate enough to have someone lower them into the pool of Bethesda when a angel would come and cause the water to ripple.
But now there is this carpenters son, one of the local boys. Miracles are taking place everywhere this man goes. Listen again to some of the descriptive words Luke uses in relating this wonderful and miraculous healing of the woman with the issue of blood. There was a large crowd expecting Jesus and waiting for Him. The crowds almost crushed him. They were crowding and pressing against Jesus as he walked along with Jairus. Can you visualize this?
It reminds me of our church services today. Crowds gather to welcome Jesus in their midst. They meet together expecting His presence. They are following along with all of their unmet needs. Crowding and pressing trying to get His attention. Hoping that they will be singled out to get their prayers answered. Will Jesus stop as he goes along and touch me? Will I be the lucky one who gets healed and ministered to? Most people return to their homes with their weaknesses, infirmities and painful situations intact. Year after year, they follow Jesus. Eager to see Him, happy to be in His presence, enjoying the party as Christians gather together and celebrate Him. But after leaving the crowds and as the adrenaline slows down they find they are like the woman with the issue of blood. Suffering and having her life sorely affected for twelve years; Enduring the shame and weakness; Knowing that her situation was hopeless. Having done everything she could think of to do and yet nothing was helping. She too was in that crowd, waiting and expecting Jesus. She too was following Him as He walked toward Jairus' home.
In the account of Jesus from the book of Mark, we read that this woman was desperate for help. She had been treated by many physicians and rather than getting better had only grown worse. She spent all the money she had and it had not gained her anything. She had heard about Jesus. She knew He was her answer. She didn't come to him crying and trying to get His attention, hoping that maybe somehow, someday, someway He would help her. She came into His presence saying, "If I may but touch His clothes, I shall be whole!" Her problem was getting through the crowd to where she could touch His robe. She wasn't looking for attention but was rather shunning it. She wasn't even interested in talking to Jesus or having Him talk to her. She knew He carried the power (anointing) of heaven and that her making contact with this power was sufficient. She determined that when this happened, she would be WHOLE. Not just comforted, not just encouraged. Physically whole; Nothing broken, nothing missing.
I've been in the body of Christ my entire life. I've grown up in a bible believing church. I've been a minister of the gospel for nearly twenty-five years. I've been to hundreds of services, meetings, conferences and camp meetings. I have ministered along side and under the very best healing ministries of our time. I have been disappointed and confused, as the needs of the people typically were unmet. I've watched people get excited and happy and unhealed. I've seen crippled people return to their place in the congregations still in their wheelchairs. I've witnessed people die believing God for their healing. I don't know about you, but this really shakes my faith to its core. To know what is available, to know what the will of God is and not able to obtain is more than I can handle. Like having millions in a bank account yet through some red-tape mess, not being able to access it and in the meanwhile losing your home, not having money to buy groceries or other necessary provisions. Frustration, irritation and confusion would rule our emotions.
Yet we continue to follow the crowd wherever Jesus goes. Content to just feel better in His presence. Happy when someone else miraculously happens to get a miracle. Is this the way our lives are supposed to be lived though? Are we to suffer for years and years, looking to our spiritual leaders to help us get better, but often cases, growing worse? Spending all our money because we believe in these people and are hoping that by our financial sacrifices we will somehow be in a better position in getting God's attention?
Hundreds of people were probably following Jesus that day. Yet only two received (that were recorded in the scriptures). One fell at Jesus feet begging for Jesus' attention and his daughter to be healed. The other bent low behind Jesus, just touching the hem of His garment. One was hoping the other was confident. One used the Master's faith and one used her own faith. Jesus commended only one of them. "Daughter, your faith has made you whole, go in peace!" Hundreds returned to their homes with unmet needs.
Let's talk about these. Was it because Jesus didn't care about these other people? Was it because the power of God limited Him to only two miracles per day? Was it because God wanted to teach all these people some lesson about suffering and patience? Or was it simply because no one else but Jairus and the woman were desperate enough to press in and get it?
The only miracles that I have ever personally received and witnessed others receiving, were because of this desperation. Not letting anything or anyone stand in the way. Tenaciously reaching out into the spirit realm where the Word and the Spirit of God "hover" over our lives, waiting for our commands. Waiting for the words of faith to come flowing out of our innermost being, (our hearts/thought life) and spill out of our mouths. Determined to receive NOW! Taking responsibility for our healing and needs met by grabbing hold in faith and not letting go. Not letting go because we have 'peace' about it. Not letting go because we are 'faith people' and we believe even though we don't see. The woman said in her heart – she had already made up her mind that she was going to be whole the instant she contacted that power. She immediately knew that she was healed. Her faith was in the action. Once she touched the anointing, she didn't need faith any more. She had the evidence!
How about you today? Are you waiting for some minister to take notice of you and get your answers for you? Ministers are very busy people and most have many unmet needs of their own. Are they really able to help you? Or can you right now, as you meditate on the living Word of God, let Jesus build your faith to where you can rise up and possess the blessings! Don't stop just because the presence of Jesus is there. Don't stop just because it's so good following after Him. Don't stop just because you think you receive by faith. Press in. Determine that today is your day and the only way you're going to receive is by grace through faith. Believe God's word. Jesus has already made the way for wholeness in your life! His grace is sufficient for every need you have!
Don't do this out of presumption or because I've encouraged you. Do it because the Word of God is near you, in your heart and in your mouth. Mediate and prepare for a visitation from Jesus. He is coming your way. And when He comes, are you willing to press in past all that appeals to our senses and makes us joyful in our suffering, to obtain the wholeness? This might mean fighting to get past the crowds. Perhaps it means being inconvenienced; maybe it means fasting for a day or weeks, giving up things that draw us away in our thoughts and purpose.
I encourage you to press in. I challenge you to lay down your busy lives that are wishing and hoping for changes ~ for your miracles ~ and don't let go of the anointing until you have physical and tangible evidence that you are whole. Whatever it takes, do it. Refuse to live without wholeness! Determine in your heart, that when you reach out and touch the anointing, you shall be whole! This is an awesome time of miracles but it's not through my ministry or anyone else's. We are to encourage you, build your faith, edify you and admonish you. Yes, we are to help you and pray for and with you. But if you are not willing to remain in the crowds and wait your 'turn' – if today is the last day of allowing this problem to stay in your life, then follow the leadership of the Great Teacher ~ the precious Spirit of God ~ and obtain your inheritance! Go and possess your land! Don't be sidetracked by the grasshopper mentality of the children of Israel. Your needs may be giant size ~ like the woman with the issue of blood. It matters not. Grab hold of the Word ~ the promises ~ and don't let go of your faith until you have received everything you need!