‘As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand on her.” Matthew 9 18-22 NLT
‘As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand on her.”
So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him. Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”
Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.’ Matthew 9 18-22 NLT
What struck me as I read this passage was how busy Jesus was. First of all, ‘As Jesus was saying this ...’ He was in the middle of explaining to the disciples of John the Baptist why His disciples didn’t fast when the leader of the synagogue came up and knelt before Him, requesting that Jesus should come to his house and heal his dead daughter. If that wasn’t enough of a crisis, we read that as he passed through the crowd (Mark 5:27), a woman touched His robes and was healed. Not only did He know that power had gone out from Him, but He knew she was healed and turned and gave her a word of encouragement. He was busy, busy, busy!
And yet, every time I read this story, I think of the control Christ had in this situation. I can become flustered in a crowd, especially if several people talk to me simultaneously. My wee brain can’t cope with it!
But here was Christ, passing through the crowds, dealing with John’s disciples, explaining deep and glorious things to them, telling them what was going to happen in the future, whilst responding to a man who had just lost his daughter and attending to a woman who needed a major operation. He dealt with the whole situation perfectly. He was calm, in control, knew exactly what was happening, and knew that power had gone out of Him and every need was met. Wow! What a Saviour!
We do our best in our small sphere of service. Pastors leading small churches deal with their folks kindly, tiring in service for Jesus. Famous evangelists arrive and minister to the crowd but seldom have time for the individual and are often protected by an inner circle of people who usher them out at the end of a big meeting, and no one gets to speak to them.
I went to hear one of these big names recently. It was a small crowd of people who had been invited to come, so I took the opportunity to go and say thank you to the gentleman concerned. He was busy and brushed me aside with hardly a glance. It didn’t bother me. I recognised that he was as preoccupied as I can be at times. But our Lord Jesus wouldn’t have done that. He is perfect in all circumstances.
Remember, no matter how busy you are today or how many things need to be attended to, there is One watching over you who is in perfect control. He will keep, control and guard you throughout your day if you trust in Him.
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3 NLT