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Synopsis of A Chance To Be Made Whole
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s first slice comes from:
Matthew 9:18-26 ~A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
For the characters in the passage we’re going to look at today, everything WAS a zero in their lives. At least, at this juncture of their lives. And all they were looking for was a way to change the zero in their lives to something. They were looking for A Chance To Be Made Whole. Let’s look at the passage for today:
:18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. 19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. 20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: 21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. 23 And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, 24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. 25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. 26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
This passage was the original inspiration for this message because it’s all about interruptions on the journey and how Jesus responded to them.
The Woman…. for instance… This Woman with the Hemorrhage comes in desperation for herself. She was one of what we refer to as “the walking dead.” You know; those people who feel so alienated from society that they are just plain dead inside. For a long time they struggle to be normal. They struggle to be whole and a part of the community or family.
But there is something in their character or in ours, I don’t know which, but it doesn’t let them be connected or bonded with us and others.
You can see it in their eyes. Physically they are alive. But spiritually they are dead. Have you ever looked in the eyes of the homeless? For many of them, there is no sign of hope there. Instead there is a quiet desperation; a desperation to survive. There is desperation, like this woman had, to be raised from the life of “the walking dead,” and be made whole again.
- There was an interesting story I ran across years ago, I think it came out of Readers Digest. It was titled, “When Someone Is Drowning, It’s No Time To Teach Him How to Swim.”
The author tells of sitting near a swimming pool one day and hearing a commotion. A head was bobbing in and out of the deepest water. She saw a man rush to the edge of the pool and heard him yell, “Hold your breath! Hold your breath!” Then a young lady joined him, screaming, “Turn on your back and float!” Their voices caught the attention of the lifeguard. Like a flash, he ran the length of the pool, jumped in, and pulled the man in trouble to safety.
Later on, the lifeguard said to the author, “Why in God’s name didn’t somebody holler that one word – Help? When someone’s drowning, it’s no time to teach him how to swim.”
This woman in today’s slice of the Word of God was drowning in desperation. No one was helping her. No one was crying out for her. Unfortunately it’s easy to feel despair, even when you’re a person of faith.
And now for , The Man in the story, the father whose daughter had died, came in desperation, too. He came out of desperation for his daughter, like any father would do. Except coming to Jesus for this father was a shock to everyone. Coming to Jesus for this father was really a last resort.
He was a leader in the synagogue. He was one of those out to get Jesus, one of those who may have been standing in the crowd, stone in hand ready to stone the woman caught in adultery. He was one of those who thought Jesus was a charlatan and a heretic and was constantly trying to catch Jesus up in some little twist of the law.
Jesus could have laughed in his face. And He could have said, “You! You want ME to heal YOUR daughter. Of all the audacity and gall I’ve ever seen, yours takes the cake.” But He didn’t. Jesus looked at this leader of Synagogue with the same compassion He looks at each of us.
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