If I Could Just Get to Jesus
#Emerge Week Two
Pastor Bill Petty
April 8, 2018
Luke 8:40-55 New Living Translation (NLT)
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,[a] 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,[b] 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[c] returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.
Who is Jairus?
He is an “official” of the local synagogue. RULER in the synagogue of Capernaum.
He was an IMPORTANT, RELIGIOUS man.
He was also a FATHER, whose 12-year-old daughter lay dying as he tried to get Jesus’ attention.
Who is the Woman?
No one of named significance…besides the fact that she had been hemorrhaging blood for years.
- Jairus was RESPECTED. The woman was REJECTED.
- Jairus was “RIGHTEOUS.” The woman was UNCLEAN.
- Jairus came to Jesus because NOTHING WAS WORKING. The woman came to Jesus because EVERY OTHER ATTEMPT HAD FAILED…yet, both had come in DESPERATE FAITH.
- Both Jairus and the woman FELL BEFORE HIM
World Shaken #1
While healing the woman…Jairus’ daughter DIES.
Let the Shrieking…and the Scoffing…Begin
“Look…we know dead, and she’s dead.”
World Shaken #2
She’s Not Dead. She’s SLEEPING.
“Get up, Little Daughter.”
Christ’s Offer is the same for EVERYONE
- Same for the sinner and the Saint.
- Same for the Highest and the Lowest.
- Same for the “Righteous” and the “Unclean”
Who are YOU?
Will you come to Jesus in Desperate Faith?
Will you com to Him First…or Last?
Will you come to Him immediately…or as the hour is passing and it may be too late?
Will you hold on to what the world says you should do, or will you lay your trouble at the feet of Jesus?