Blessed… It’s A Miracle

While Jesus was speaking to them, a ruler came and knelt in front of him, saying, “My daughter has just died. But come and place your hand on her, and she’ll live.” So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him. Then a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the hem of his clothes. She thought, If I only touch his robe I’ll be healed. When Jesus turned and saw her, he said, “Be encouraged, daughter. Your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that time on. When Jesus went into the ruler’s house, he saw the flute players and the distressed crowd. He said, “Go away, because the little girl isn’t dead but is asleep”; but they laughed at him. After he had sent the crowd away, Jesus went in and touched her hand, and the little girl rose up. News about this spread throughout that whole region (Matthew 9:18-26, Common English Bible).

This lesson contains two miracles. Just as important, this lesson contains two great displays of faith. I think that sometimes we get so caught up in the miracle, and the miracle is extremely important, but so much of the time, Jesus places the ability to heal on the faith of the people involved. There is a lot of faith here.

First of all, the ruler  comes to Jesus, not asking for a miracle to heal his daughter of some grave disease, the girl is dead. She is dead with a capital “D.” She isn’t asleep (despite what Jesus said to the crowd at the ruler’s home). If our loved one was dead, most of us would take the inevitable and move on. We would be hurting, of that there is no doubt, but we would also figure there was nothing more to be done. That the ruler would come to Jesus and not ask for healing of a disease but actually resurrection is truly a remarkable demonstration of faith.

This story is often called “The Miracle on the Way to a Miracle.” Jesus is on his way to the ruler’s home to bring his daughter back to life when a woman who suffers from a chronic illness comes to him. She can see he is moving quickly. She sees the ruler talking to him and them moving away together. This woman decides to reach out and touch Jesus’ robe. She thinks, “If only I can touch his robe I will be healed.” She does so. Again, that is great faith. Jesus doesn’t actually have to do anything to her way of thinking. His power is so great, she thinks, that it exudes from him into his clothes!!! What faith. I don’t even need to touch Jesus, just his cloths and I will be well. Of course, when we read the lesson, we can see that she was right! Jesus says something interesting. It isn’t Jesus who heals her, but her faith has made her well.

When Jesus and the ruler come to the ruler’s home, he tells the crowd to leave. There wasn’t anything to see there as the little girl wasn’t dead but asleep. Everybody laughed at Jesus. It isn’t hard to see why. If someone said that to one of us we might respond in the same way. Jesus goes into the house, finds the girl and with one touch she is healed and rises from her bed.

Faith is crucial to healing. Whether we seek healing of our bodies or healing of our spirits, Faith is important. We can go see every doctor on the planet but if we do not have faith that we will find healing, we probably will not.

So, where do you need healing in your life? Do you have faith God can heal you?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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"The Pastor Ponders" is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. Bishop and I live in Sweeny, Texas where I am the pastor of First United Methodist Church. I have served here for the past two years. For the past 27 years I have served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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