DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
(Lent Day 16 🛐)
Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, 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,[a] 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 all 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.” While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
THEME: Finding new life in JESUS
WORDS OF HOPE:
The disciples must have been irritated some of the times by the kind of questions Jesus asked them. In the midst of a milling crowd, was it fair for Jesus to ask “Who touched me?” It required quick thinking and tact to give a respectable answer to Jesus. But indeed someone had ‘touched Him’. How do you react in your ignorance? It was not long, the response came: The supposed offender, the freighted beneficiary, the one whose touch had caused a stir between Jesus and His disciples, a woman of no repute showed herself up and admitted the ‘offence’, come what may. Contrary to what she knew, she was not punished. She had been afraid because, with her ailment, she was ‘unclean’, and she must have known that by pushing through the crowd like that she would make everyone ‘unclean’. But with Jesus it didn’t work like that. This is the lesson: our prayers should be focused on Christ and not on any of his followers.
By ordinary rules, we make Him unclean by pressing upon Him with our messy and muddled lives. But when we come to Him in faith, it works the other way. His power makes us clean again. That is at the very heart of the gospel. Come in faith! That’s the challenge to take advantage of: In Jesus, the rules differ, there is new life.
● Pray thanking God for your life.
● Pray asking God to always protect you from the plans of the evil one.
● Pray that you will always walk in the light.
Lord, be my light and my salvation, today, this week, and forever. Amen🙏🏽