‘When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music. “Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd only laughed at him.’ Matthew 9:23-24
Here is a Man who was focused on His work. The leader of the synagogue had asked the Lord Jesus to come back to his home, lay His hands on his dead daughter, and raise her back to life. I wonder what Christ felt. Did He sense an urgency in this situation or suddenly have a drive to go and visit this home? He seemed to, for He went as one with a mission.
They arrived at the house to a crowd of people and loud music. Undeterred by the crowd, the noise or even the people's opinions, he ordered them to “Get out!”. He was direct in His approach and knew that this was the will of God.
The crowd was put outside, and the girl was brought back to life. Death fled from before His fingertips, and the news of this miracle swept through the entire countryside.
When God gives you something to do, you must do it as swiftly and as straightforwardly as an arrow that hits its mark. We are not called to waffle or pander to the crowd; we are called to do the will of God.
There are so many things that could have distracted Christ along the way. Indeed, if we had been in His shoes, we possibly wouldn’t have even gotten to the house in question. We would have had to have sympathy with the woman who had the issue of blood, distracted by the large crowds that had gathered, or we would have had to go home to attend to this and that or felt too tired to go that day. When we arrived, we would surely have been put off by the large crowd of noisy people who had gathered in the family home to mourn the child. Can you imagine what you might have said on arriving? “Oh, am I too late?” or “I’ll come again when everyone has left!”
Our Lord Jesus appeared almost rude and abrupt, ordering the crowd of mourners and musicians to “Get out!”. But He had a work to do for God, and nothing stood in His way.
Like an arrow that hits its mark, so our Lord struck death, and it fled from before Him. Death became sleep in His presence. What an anointing! What authority! He was clear-cut in His delivery and His purpose.
We must learn to be like Him. If He gives you something to do, then you must do it with a clear-cut purpose and delivery. Don’t look at how it will appear, but let His driving force and energies guide you. It is His anointing that brings the miracle. All we have to do is respond in obedience and faith; His will shall be done. Let this be our prayer:
“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:19 NLT