Tangible Hope

“While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples. ”

“And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. ”

“When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went out into all that land.”

Matthew 9:18-26

The account contained in these verses is also recorded, with some additional circumstances, in Mark 5:22-43 and Luke 8:41-56.

“There came a certain ruler” Mark and Luke say that his name was Jairus and that he was a “ruler of the synagogue;” that is, one of the elders to whom was committed the care of the synagogue.

“And worshipped Him” That is, fell down before Him or expressed his respect for him by a token of profound regard.

“Come and lay Thy hand upon her” It was customary for the Jewish prophets in conferring favors, to lay their hand on the person benefited.

“Jesus arose, and followed him” Our Lord could have acted from a distance but He goes to the place and in doing so teaches us not to spare either our steps or pains when the salvation of a soul is in question.

“And, behold, a woman” This disease was considered by the Jews unclean (Leviticus 15:25) and the woman was therefore unwilling to make personal application to Jesus or even to touch His person.

The disease was regarded as incurable and she had expended all her property and grew worse (Mark 5:26)

Mark says that “the woman, fearing and trembling,” came and told Him all the truth. Perhaps she feared that because of the impure nature of her disease, He would be offended that she touched Him.

“Daughter, be of good comfort” Jesus silenced her fears, commended her faith, and sent her away in peace.

“And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house …” Jesus permitted only three of his disciples, Peter, James, John the brother of James, and the father and mother of the damsel to go in with Him where the corpse lay (Mark 5:37-40)

“The maid is not dead, but sleepeth” That is, she is not dead so as to continue under the power of death; but shall be raised from it as a person is from natural sleep.

“The maid arose” And so she returned to life.

In our time we do not have the tangibility of touch and seeing Jesus directly. We also live in such trying times which bring extreme hardships and harsh circumstances that causes many to feel dead inside themselves. Faith does come easy, sometimes not all for those who suffer these trials. The term “dead inside” means a sign of spiritual emptiness and emotional chaos. Certainly it is encouraged by the devil. Tho it is no less real.

In turn many, too many live under a false happiness. Whether by circumstances however brought on (bought or by means of betrayal) or by relying on man’s medicine, which in most cases merely alters our mind and body, and not necessarily for the better. Modern medication in general is the same as an angel of light. Seemingly helpful, but ultimately harmful. Both to our physical and mental health. It also is capable of “shutting off” our connection to the spirit. This is no accident …

In our age of technology, convenience, false history, false wars and everything having a price, it has become very easy to lose our faith and trust in God because so many of us go without. Again, this was no accident …

Going without certain material comforts is only a small portion of the ever growing problems. Many are without loved ones for various reasons. Many lack friendships and fellowships vital to a persons state of being.

Thru it all we are supposed to find comfort in Jesus. I know from experience that this is the most difficult concept to grasp. My wife and daughter are living without me in a lie. A life begotten from betrayal. I have found it impossible to rejoice in this, to “move on” so to speak. Knowing my daughter has long forgotten me, that I have children who have been cut off from knowing me.

I seek guidance and direction, a major positive change in circumstances daily. My own efforts do not bring results. I feel that need for something tangible, for something I can see and touch. Perhaps the touch of His garment may not repair my life, but it His hand I pray will touch me, my life, my wife and turn things around for the better.

That hope is all I have …

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