Interruption

14 November 2013

INTERRUPTION

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 8:40-56

Luke 8

New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Heals in Response to Faith

40 On the other side of the lake the crowds welcomed Jesus, because
they had been waiting for him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a leader of
the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him
to come home with him. 42 His only daughter, who was about twelve
years old, was dying.

As Jesus went with him, he was surrounded by the crowds. 43 A woman in
the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and
she could find no cure. 44 Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the
fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped.

45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is
pressing up against you.”

46 But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt
healing power go out from me.” 47 When the woman realized that she
could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in
front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched
him and that she had been immediately healed. 48 “Daughter,” he
said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

49 While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the
home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your
daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

50 But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus,
“Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.”

51 When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in
with him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and
mother. 52 The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but
he said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only
asleep.”

53 But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died. 54
Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My child,
get up!” 55 And at that moment her life returned, and she
immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to
eat. 56 Her parents were overwhelmed, but Jesus insisted that they not
tell anyone what had happened.

This is one of the most powerful passages in the New Testament. To do
it justice in a short devotion is almost impossible! Therefore, let us
focus on one part.

This passage is about Jarius’ daughter who is ill and in need of a
touch from Jesus. As Jesus is heading toward Jarius’ house, a lady
who has been struggling with her period for 12 years stops Jesus’
and touches his Rabbical robe. Immediately, Jesus knows that power has
left him and draws attention to this. He stops, speaks to the crowd,
speaks to her and, no doubt, frustrates Jarius.

Remember, this passage is about Jesus getting to Jarius’ house, and
here there is a delay; a distraction; an interruption in Jesus’
schedule. But, an interruption that results in a woman who has been
bleeding for 12 years being healed! An interruption that reveals the
healing power of Christ. An interruption that also, incidentally,
causes Jarius’ daughter to die and then to be brought to life.

It’s an interruption that causes an incredible moment in the life of
this woman. Which begs the question: Is your schedule to set in stone
to be interrupted by the power of Jesus? Is it possible that you have
not experienced the breakthrough, the healing, or anything else
you’ve been praying for, because you are not willing to have /your/
schedule interrupted?

Jesus was Christ. He was a Rabbi. Yet in the midst of His journey He
allows an interruption. Is it possible that Jesus understood that some
of the most powerful moments in life are not planned, are not
scheduled, and happen when we least expect them?

Why not ask God to interrupt your plans if it it His will. Ask Him to
bring about the miracles in your life that you want not at a time that
is necessarily convenient for you – but whenever He wants to work.
Even this small thing, in a culture that tries to dictate to God how
and when to move, is a step of submission in the right direction.

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Jesus I am grateful for Your power in my life. Thank You for the many
great things You have done in my life – times You have provided for
me, healed me, given me rest, comforted me. I bring this need to You
this morning (tell Him what it is…). Please would You intervene in
my situation – not when it is convenient to me, but in Your perfect
timing Jesus. Amen.

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