“The Master and the Mission” in Matthew-52

While Jesus was teaching those things that we have been looking at for the last two or three articles, a desperate ruler approached Him. The ruler's daughter was presumed dead! This is how it reads: "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. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did His disciples. And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole. 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. And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed Him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, He went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land" (Matthew 9:18-26). The ruler came to the right Person. The next thing to note is that he worshipped Jesus. Add to these two factors, the fact that he had complete faith that Jesus could restore his daughter to life. Jesus went with this man. On the way to the ruler's home a woman that was diseased with an issue of blood for twelve long years, believing that if she could touch even the hem of His garment that she would be healed, came up behind Him and touched His garment. Jesus did not scold her. Right in the midst of a tense situation, He took time for her. Instead of being stressed over the delay, He commended and rewarded her faith. When He arrived at the ruler's home, He told them that she was sleeping and was not dead. They laughed Him to scorn. After they were ushered out, He took the girl's hand and brought her to her feet fully restored. His fame was spread throughout that land. Jesus' ministry was to individuals, as well as to crowds. More wonderful things followed these two miraculous healings. Selah! These miracles were previews of the time when God will heal, in Heaven, the ills and hurts of all of His children. Until then, it usually takes more faith to trustingly accept a denial of healing right now, for reasons known only to God, than it does to be healed. Ron

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