The Ruler and The Woman

He was a somebody . . . she was a nobody. He was recognized by the rank-and-file as one of the rulers of the synagogue . . . she was seen by no one and got lost in the crowd. He was a man of means . . . she was flat broke. His name was known by all, he was Jairus . . . she was just “the woman,” and Jesus simply called her “daughter.” They defined the ends of the social continuum. It would’ve been hard to find two more different people. That they should have anything in common would be a miracle. And it was was.

The ruler and the woman . . . both were in great need . . . the ruler’s daughter near death, the woman’s body bleeding out. And so, the ruler and the woman both came to Jesus.

Jairus approached Jesus head on . . . pleading with him, face to face, to come and lay hands on his daughter. She, on the other hand, came up behind the Teacher determined just to reach out and touch His garment. But they both came because they both believed. And both would know the power of God.

Faith is not a matter of socio-economic privilege. The faith of the rich and famous has no more influence than the faith of the poor and unknown . . . nor does it have any less. It’s not about who’s doing the believin’ . . . it’s all all about who they’re believin’ in. And they both believed in Jesus.

Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing Him, he fell at His feet and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.”   (Mark 5:22-23 ESV)

She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If I touch even His garments, I will be made well.”   (Mark 5:27-28 ESV)

The ruler pleaded, Jesus come . . . and she will be made well. The woman determined, Jesus, I come . . . and I will be well. Both sought the Savior, because both had faith.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.   (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)

The woman was healed immediately . . . her faith made her well (5:34). Jairus would have to wait a bit longer to see the power of God . . . his faith would be needed so that he might not fear (5:36).

But they both believed . . . and they both sought Him. And, because of grace . . . and through the power of heaven . . . they both were rewarded for their faith. He healed the woman and He raised the ruler’s daughter from death. But, beyond that, He revealed Himself to them both. You got to know that the ruler and the woman were never the same again.

The ruler and the woman . . . both for the glory of God.

O’ what a Savior!

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