Team Rector: Rev. Margaret Sherwin
While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went through all that district.
Matthew 9:18-26 (ESV)
Both the father of the dead girl and the sick woman showed great faith, believing that Jesus could and would heal.
What a desperate situation for the local official, the father of the dead girl. However, he bowed politely, seemingly demonstrating knowledge that Jesus could do the most impossible thing. The sick woman simply touched Jesus robe, knowing that if she was able to touch a tiny bit she would be healed. However, there was no ‘simply’ about it. This woman was deemed so unclean that she was not permitted to move around in crowds; anyone she touched was deemed to be unclean. She was so desperate that she touched Jesus, knowing she would be healed. Desperate times can lead to a faith that cannot be deterred.
What incredible faith! Both understood that one touch from Jesus would change their worlds. One touch, that is all it takes!
Take home idea
When Jesus was with the official’s daughter, there was a moment of complete quietness. It was a moment when God’s power flowed and healed. Take the chance to be quiet with God and to experience his blessing. Recall the story of the official and of Jesus holding his daughter’s hand.
Lord Jesus, you gave the woman and the official daughter a new life, and you give us a new life in you as well. In all we do this week, help us to make time for you, and to teach us to trust you like they did. Amen