Jesus: The Perfect Healer
Have you or someone you love ever had a health problem that was so serious and/or persistent that you felt like there was no hope in finding a solution? For some, desperation comes quickly, like a heart attack, and you have to act quickly to medically intervene. For others, desperation comes a little slower, like after years of chronic pain that increases until it eventually becomes unbearable.
Where we aim our desperation matters. If we aim it only at things of this world, we shouldn’t be surprised when the problem isn’t resolved. Of course, with modern medical advances, physical healing can be done by a physician without God’s help. However, if you think about it, God is the one who provided us with the knowledge to make those medical advancements. So, it is really God’s glory all along, not man’s. On the other hand, if we aim our desperation at God in fervent prayer and petition, our soul will be healed along with our body. While God’s answers to our physical ailments aren’t always exactly what we want (including the answer “no”), we can trust that His perfect plan is always fulfilled.
In our Bible text today, we will read of two situations of despair and desperation, one acute and one chronic. The acute situation involved a dying little girl and the chronic ailment was a woman with bleeding that could not be cured with the medicine of that time period. In this text, we learn that Jesus rewards the little girl’s father and the bleeding woman because of their faith.
“Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed Him, for they were all expecting Him. Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with Him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on His way, the crowds almost crushed Him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind Him and touched the edge of His cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. ‘Who touched Me?’ Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.’ But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched Me; I know that power has gone out from Me.’ Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at His feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched Him and how she had been instantly healed. Then He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.’” (Luke 8:40–48).
It’s important to note the culture of that time and region. A woman who had been bleeding for twelve years would have been considered very unclean and part of the “untouchable” class of people. For twelve years, she had not found anyone who could help her. When she heard about Jesus’ healing powers, she must have realized that He was her last hope. So, she aimed her desperation at Jesus and risked everything to touch Him. An unclean woman, such as herself, would have been chastised for being out in public, especially in a crowd of people. And even worse, by touching anyone else she would render them unclean as well. But she had faith that even touching just Jesus’ cloak would heal her. And her faith paid off. She was immediately healed and she left His presence in peace. One can only imagine the sublime peace that finally washed over her after twelve years of suffering.
Also, did you catch the faith of the little girl’s father, Jairus? In his desperation, he left his daughter on her death bed and went straight to Jesus. He knew there was nothing anyone of this world could do for his daughter. So, he aimed his desperation at Jesus. However, Jesus was delayed on the way to Jairus’ house by a pressing and overwhelming crowd. Jairus was probably stunned when Jesus stopped in His tracks to claim that someone had touched Him. Jairus, however, did not criticize or question Jesus. He kept quiet in his faith that Jesus was the only way to heal his daughter. So, he patiently waited while Jesus spoke to the woman. One can only imagine that internally, Jairus was probably starting to panic because Jesus was stopping to talk while his daughter was dying. Jairus was probably also wondering why Jesus had such a calm demeanor towards his dire situation, but he kept his faith that Jesus would heal his daughter.
“While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. ‘Your daughter is dead,’ he said. ‘Don’t bother the Teacher anymore.’ Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.’ When He arrived at the house of Jairus, He did not let anyone go in with Him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. ‘Stop wailing,’ Jesus said. ‘She is not dead but asleep.’ They laughed at Him, knowing that she was dead. But He took her by the hand and said, ‘My child, get up!’ Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but He ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.” (Luke 8:49–56).
Jesus healed the bleeding woman despite the cultural norms of being made unclean by letting her touch Him. He encouraged Jairus, after just learning that his daughter was dead, to simply not give into fear and to keep his faith that He would heal his dead daughter. And Jesus did just that: He rose the young girl from the dead, despite being mocked by those who had witnessed her life leaving her body. Jesus had not forgotten about the little girl’s dire situation, but He had to stop to help the woman. Ask yourself: “Are you willing to stop what you are doing in order to help those in dire need, or are you too busy?”
These are just small examples of the healing power of Jesus. He came to heal and restore all of His creation. That calls for constant rejoicing in celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and the devil with His death on the cross and in celebration of His victory over death with His resurrection from the grave! Jesus already made all things new. All we must do is believe in Him! Jesus has all power and authority in heaven and on earth. He has the power to heal and restore all of what ails us, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Jesus is the Perfect Healer of all illnesses and the Perfect Restorer of everything that is broken. All Glory be to Him who died and rose again for us!