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The God of the Impossible

Thursday, February 15th
The God of the Impossible
By: Chrissy Cooney
Matthew 9:18-37

18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, 24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26 News of this spread through all that region.
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

There are some interesting parallels in today’s passage. Jairus, a synagogue leader, has come because his 12-year old daughter is dying and He believes that Jesus can heal her. On the way to Jairus’ house, a woman who has had an issue of blood for 12 years believes that if she just touches the corner of Jesus’ robe she can be healed, so she reaches out…
Do you see the parallels?

A little girl, a daughter, about 12-years old  - and a woman, that Jesus calls daughter, who has suffered for 12 years. A father who comes to Jesus with faith for his daughter’s healing and a daughter who has faith that if she just touches the hem of His garment she will be healed. One has had a joyful 12 years with his child and is now suddenly facing loss, the other has suffered for 12 years, but both are at a point of desperation, both believe that Jesus is the answer, and both reach out to Him.

When Jesus says in verse 22, “your faith has made you well” the Greek word he uses is sózó – to save (heal, preserve, and rescue). She has been made well both physically and spiritually. Both daughters in this story are saved. Jairus’ daughter from physical death to life and the woman with the issue of blood from spiritual death to life. He is the God of the impossible. He is the God who heals. He is the God who saves. In what area of your life do you need to reach out to Jesus and be made well? Will you act on your faith and go to Him today?

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