Two examples of faith

Jesus was in Capernaum, a city on the Sea of Galilee he called home.

When Jesus was in Capernaum the people usually acted as if he was nothing special. After all, wasn’t he the son of Joseph? Didn’t they know him (John 6:42)?

On this occasion, many of the people of Capernaum were waiting for Jesus (Luke 8:40) and they were excited to see him.

There are two others waiting for Jesus. One was a synagogue ruler. His daughter was near death and he needed Jesus to touch her so she could live (Matthew 9:18). The other was a woman who had a hemorrhage, possibly bleeding from her reproductive organs. She had probably spent every penny on physicians, but had been sick for a dozen years. She wanted to touch Jesus’ garment and be healed (Matthew 9:20).

These two had the following in common:

  • Both asked for supernatural intervention. Jesus was not a physician. These two did not want Jesus to just help. They wanted him to heal.
  • Both had a very real need for Jesus to do something no one else could do. The woman had tried for 12 years to get well. Jairus may have very well believed his daughter was already dead.
  • Both exhibited humility. Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet to make his request. This was not something a ruler of the synagogue might do. The woman approached Jesus from behind only wishing to touch his clothes.
  • Both came to Jesus not caring what others might say. Jairus didn’t care what the Pharisees might say or do. The woman only wanted to touch Jesus’ clothes, not the man. Her cure was more important than what Jesus or his disciples might say.

Both received their hearts’ desire because of their faith and their faith led them to act. Jairus acted on his faith to beg Jesus to heal his daughter. The woman acted on her faith to find and touch Jesus’ garment. To some people, faith is simply the admission that Jesus is the Christ. James wrote, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” (James 2:19 NKJV).

Faith takes action. Faith works (James 2:20, 26).

Do you have the kind of faith exemplified by these two people? This is the kind of faith you must have if you want to be saved. Obey the gospel through a living, active faith today.

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