Healing Faith vs Resurrection Faith (Luke 8: 40 to 56)
It is said, for everything there is a season. It is also said, everything happens for a reason. The problem in the above statements is that we find it difficult to understand the reason why it had to happen or why we have to wait for a season. Such understanding may require divine revelation or God can use someone or an event to reveal the reason and his purpose to us.
The story of the woman with an issue of blood, as told to us in the Gospel according to Saint Luke Chapter 8, is a popular story. However, only a few people have really reasoned deeper to unravel the mystery in the story. Jesus performed many miracles in Luke Chapter 8 before the chapter ended with the story of Jairus.
Jairus was a religious leader; he was the leader of a synagogue. Consequently, it means he had religious authorities but he must have lacked spiritual powers or he was unable to handle the situation before him. That is the reason he left his house to seek Jesus because his daughter was dying. If he left to look for Jesus then it is proved that he believed that Jesus would heal his daughter. Therefore, he sought the healing Jesus.
40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.
41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:
42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
The above bible verse confirmed that the crowd was happy to receive Jesus. They welcomed Jesus and Jairus was also part of that crowd. He purposely came to take Jesus to his house to heal his sick and dying daughter. Jairus sought and found the healing Jesus so he gladly begged Jesus to come and heal his daughter. Jesus willingly agreed and followed him.
43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
The above verse explained what happened as Jesus was on his way to Jairus house. A woman with an issue of blood touched the garment of Jesus and received her healing immediately. She was not the only one who touched Jesus because the verse correctly stated that many people were in direct contact with Jesus. However, she was the only one who touched Jesus on purpose and with faith. It is also reasonable to say that she got the opportunity to touch Jesus because Jairus was walking with Jesus. That is to say, assuming Jairus did not beg Jesus to follow him she might not have the opportunity to touch Jesus. We can relate the incident to what happens in our daily life. This is because there are times we become a source of blessings to others or the reason why others get their blessings while we are still waiting for our own blessing. Jairus called Jesus but the woman received her blessing before Jairus could receive his own blessing.
Have you ever felt that your blessings have been delayed or denied?
Have you ever felt that God gave your blessings to someone else?
Jairus might mistakenly think that the woman took the healing he sought for his daughter.
Jesus said, “Who touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me” which means the woman took something from Jesus. But it was her faith that healed her. Jesus knew that faith is very important in whatever he does. Jesus knew that Jairus had faith in him that is why he begged him to come heal his daughter.
49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.
50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
As Jesus was still talking to the woman, someone came and told Jairus that his daughter is dead. The messenger said there is no need for Jesus to come. The messenger is of the opinion that Jesus is useless at that time because Jairus daughter was already dead. Jairus might agree with the messenger because he came to bring Jesus to heal his daughter.
Jairus came to the healing Jesus.
Jairus had a healing faith.
It was Jesus who replied the message meant for Jairus. There are times God, himself, will have to answer on your behalf. Jesus said, “Fear not: believe only.”
That is the mystery in Luke chapter 8. Jairus might have thought that he helped the woman with an issue of blood to gain access to Jesus but her presence was actually what Jairus needed to raise his faith from healing faith to resurrection faith. Consequently, the woman actually helped Jairus. If Jairus knew that someone could be healed by touching the garment of Jesus then he would not have asked Jesus to follow him to his house to heal his daughter. He would have asked Jesus to speak and his daughter would be healed. Therefore, the healing the woman received on the way made Jairus realize that he did not need Jesus presence for his daughter to be healed.
Jesus also knew that the task ahead is no longer healing that is why he agreed to go in person. The woman with an issue of blood suffered for 12 years while Jairus daughter was also 12 years old. It means the same year Jairus daughter was born was the same year the woman started suffering from issue of blood.
Was it a chance occurrence or a divine setup?
Jairus did not receive his blessings on the road because what he really needed was greater than what the woman received. Therefore, whenever we feel that our blessings are being delayed or denied let us remember that it may be because God is preparing us for something greater than what he gave others. It is said, “The latter days shall be greater than the former.”
It is a divine setup because if Jairus did not witness the miracle on the way to his house he may not raise his faith from healing faith to resurrection faith. That is the reason there are times our knowledge of what God can do make our faith limitless.
Jesus needed Jairus to believe because we have to believe to receive. Then again, it was divinely planned out 12 years ago. The woman with an issue of blood had been looking for a solution to her problem but the solution was there from the beginning. She did not get the solution until the appointed time and season arrived. Consequently, it does not matter how long we have sought for solutions or answers to our problems. We have to keep faith alive because everything is for a season and our problem may be designed to be helpful to another person. It is also a fact that others can learn from our experience, our strength and our perseverance if we do not give up. The woman with an issue of blood became a part of history because for 12 years she refused to give up.