The Lord seems to love desperate people. I remember the story of Jairus. Now here was a man who was desperate. Jesus was returning from across the lake where He delivered a guy who was possessed with several demons.
When He returned, Jesus was welcomed by a crowd. They were all there expecting him. [Which in itself is cool. We need to live our lives in expectancy. Expecting the Lord to move on our behalf and in the lives of those around us]. But when he reached the shore, a man came running up, who’s name was Jairus.
Now he was a leader–a major player who didn’t come to just welcome Jesus and invite Him to party at his house. He came desperate for Jesus. Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue, but he didn’t let ritual dignity stand in his way. His daughter was dying, and he threw himself at the feet of Jesus pleading for her life.
How desperate are we to hear from our Lord? How desperate are we to receive from Him? In the book, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, Jim Cymbala wrote, “I discovered an astonishing truth: God is attracted to weakness. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly, admit how desperately they need him.” This certainly described Jairus.
If you’re a parent you know how much you focus on a child when they’re sick or in some kind of danger or trouble. You can hardly focus on anything else. This is what Jairus was experiencing and Jesus was his last hope. He couldn’t find anyone else who could heal his daughter from the grip of death.
Consider the woman who meets Jesus on the way to Jairus’ home. The crowd pressed so closely to Jesus they were almost suffocating Him. Yet a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years and had spent all her living on Doctors, and couldn’t be healed by anyone, touched just the edge of His cloak, and she was immediately healed.
But then Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” They all looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders and denied touching Him. The crowd was huge, everybody was touching Him. Pete looked at Him and said, “Master, you’ve got to be kidding, there’s tons of people around you. Dozens have touched you.”
But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, because I felt healing power go out from me.”
When the woman realized she couldn’t go unnoticed “came trembling and fell at his feet.” [Wow! Even people with faith can come trembling].
Like Jairus, she came desperate and received her healing. Do you need healing? Well, how desperate are you? Oh Jesus isn’t asking you to promise you’ll never swear or smoke another cigarette. You can’t earn His healing, any more than you can earn your Salvation. But how willing are you to surrender your life to Him?
Oh Father, I am coming to you desperate. You are the only source of Life and I need your Life; I need your joy; I need your very presence and wisdom to guide me. Bring your fire and purge the dross from my heart, Lord. Purge me clean.
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