Lost in the Crowd

Friends this may appear long but stick with it. It may be exactly what you or a friend needs today. Happy Reading

Have you ever been somewhere and are bumping into each other left and right because there is such a huge crowd. Maybe you've been in a big city with crowded streets and you are trying to get to your destination but you have to swerve between people. You’re bumping into people as much as they are bumping into you and then someone in a bigger rush than yourself slams into you hard and you wonder to yourself, did they even notice me?

Maybe you've been Black Friday shopping and the stores are so busy you can barely make it down the aisles. As your walking through the store someone bumps into you; you go another five feet and someone runs over your foot with their very full shopping cart and you wonder to yourself, am I invisible, do these people not see me?

You go to a concert of a really amazing band and everyone wants to stand up close to the stage because that is where the action is. As the artist is singing, everyone is raising their hands in the air to try and catch a five from the performer. You are so excited for the moment and you let out really loud screams because then they may notice you. For a moment they look right at you and slap your hand as they walk by and you wonder to yourself, did they really notice me?

This is a true story. I was living in Hawaii in a semi-populated city and I was walking down the sidewalk of a pretty busy street. In my head one side of the sidewalk is for all people going one direction and the other side of the sidewalk is for people going in the opposite direction. I say in my head because the person walking directly toward me did not have this same thought pattern. I continued walking thinking this person surely sees me. Either they are going to veer or am I going to veer. I continued walking on what I assumed was the “correct” side of the sidewalk and this person walked square into me. I am talking bumping bellies square into me and then continued on their way. I literally was stopped in my tracks wondering to myself, did that person even notice or see me?

Never been in any of these situations? I am sure you can picture the scene. Keep that scene and that feeling in your mind as you read today’s story. I love this story and have thought of many different ways of writing it but when it came down to it none were better than the actual one. This story is about a lady that showed faith but in a different way than you may think. She has a very brief story and it is sandwiched between another story. We are going to dig this story out so you can see how she was “noticed”.  Let’s read the whole thing and then we will pull out the story from verses in Luke 8:43 – 49. I love the language in this King James Version.

40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him. 41And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 42For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
43And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 45And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 46And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. 47And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
49While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. 50But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. 

First of all, I just have to point out the great need of these two people and Jesus had time for them both.
Let’s look at what is happening here.  Jesus gets to the shore. When He gets there (look at this word) is thronged by the people. People have been hearing great things about Jesus and they are so glad that he is there and they just throng Him. They want to be so close to Him they are pressing against Him. Remember earlier, I said keep in mind these crowded places you may have been. This is the scene. They are pressing against Him.

A ruler of the synagogue, someone well-to-do and was held in high regard in his community, comes up to Jesus and begs at His feet to come to his house. His only daughter is about to die. What do you think this father was feeling?  What do you think he was feeling as a man of His stature in society falling at the feet of Jesus? He had obviously heard of Jesus and in his desperation and finally seeing Him, was compelled to fall to the ground in His presence. Great story! Are you ever compelled or driven to fall to the ground to Jesus?

Now look back at verses 43-49. And a woman… this woman had bleeding (some version say hemorrhage) for 12 years. Men you can plug your ears if you need to. Women I don’t know about you but I am generally complaining in my head about the one week. Twelve years! Twelve? Can you imagine? Not only that she had spent all of her living going to doctors hoping they could find her a cure and verse 43 says they could not find one. Oh, are you feeling her heart ache with me? In fact, in the book of Mark, it says that not only could they not find one but it became worse.  According to Levitical law she would have been considered unclean as long as she was having bleeding, so she would have to keep herself separated from others.

So here she was, no money, no one around, an illness that had been with her for twelve years. Can you imagine her desperation? Can you imagine what it must have felt like to be ostracized for something you had no control over? For some I may be striking a chord. For some you may know exactly what it feels like to be in a position that you have no control over and you feel like there is no hope. Some us may feel like there is hope but we still have had that feeling of desperation where all else has failed us, all seems to be working against and we are trying really hard to figure out what we are going to do next but in our desperation we feel completely lost. Now imagine having that little tiny bit of hope show up on the shore that day.

Verse 44 says that she came up behind Jesus and touched the border of His garment, probably one of the tassels that hung from His shawl and immediately, immediately, her issue was stopped. She went up behind Him because she was not supposed to be among all those people. She also must have assumed that she could just reach up and touch His garment, maybe the garment held some kind of healing power, and then slip out of the crowd unnoticed. This however, was not the case.

Jesus said, “Who touched me?” Of course Peter responds, look at all these people, they are all touching you. Jesus said, “No, I felt the power (here the word used is healing power) go out of me.” This verse is not implying that Jesus in any way loses power. He wants the people and more importantly this woman to know, I just healed you and I know about you. He knows what you need and He has what you need.

Of course, this woman tries to hide in the crowd. Jesus looks right at her, he more than notices her. Out of all the people in the crowd, He looked right at her. He was not trying to degrade her or make her feel belittled here. He wants her to notice, Daughter, I notice you. You can try to blend into the crowd, you can think that you are lost in the shuffle but Jesus says, Daughter, I notice you. When you need me, I notice you. When you try to slink back into the crowd, I notice you.”   Just a side note, Daughter is capitalized. So He is calling her by name. Telling her, you are more than a daughter, you are My Daughter. You are not just one of the girls in the crowd. You are My Girl.

When the woman saw that she couldn’t hide, she came forward trembling. She was really putting herself at risk here. She was stepping out in public, admitting what she had done, admitting what was wrong with her and declaring she was healed, and waiting for a reply.   

Notice what He says to her here. “Daughter, be of good comfort. Thy faith hath made you whole. Go in peace.” I love this. Do you see these short sentences that say the world to this woman. First of all, He calls her Daughter. She is His child and He is talking tenderly to her. He is not casting her out. He is not sending her away.  He speaks lovingly to her, He calls her Daughter. Then He tells her, “Be of good comfort.” I healed you child, your life means you will not live with this issue anymore.

Then He tells her faith has made her whole. Although her faith may have been little or superstitious, by thinking she could just touch His garment, and not realizing the power to heal was in Him and not in His clothes or an object He was wearing. She came with enough faith for Jesus to say, now take that faith of a mustard seed and go and grow.  It was enough to make her whole. It was also enough to make her feel whole.

I know there are times when I just don’t feel like myself. I just think, what I would not give right now to not feel like whoever this is. I just want to feel like my regular self again. There have also been times in my life where I go day to day and I get swallowed up in the circumstance and in my desperation I feel like there is no way out. Oh, how more wrong could I be? Jesus said she was made whole. She was healed, completely healed. He can make you whole, too. You can take that little bit of hope or faith and bring it to His feet.

Finally, Jesus says to her, “Go In peace”. The illness she had all those years, healed. The burdens she must have carried all those years were gone. The desperation she must have felt, gone. The hopelessness, gone. She had a new faith in Christ Jesus and she was made whole in Him and now He was telling her to Go In Peace. Amazing! Beautiful!

I don’t want to downplay the other miracle that is taking place here so pardon my briefness. I do want for us to look back to the ruler of the synagogue. So here is their story. A servant runs up to Him and says don’t bother Jesus you daughter has died. And Jesus responds tenderly to this man. He says, “Fear not, believe only”. Do you need someone to tell you today to fear not? Jesus goes to his house, asks everyone to leave, and tells the little girl to get up. Get up; let me remind you she was dead. She however, got up, and they got her some food, a real sign of life. She too, was made whole again.  

I read a great commentary on these verses which said that Christ in this double miracle shows that He is Lord or both life (the woman) and death (the young girl).

So I am going to ask you before we go, are you in need of a little hope today? Maybe, you are in need of a lot of hope. Are you at point or season in your life where everything has a feeling of desperation and you are not sure which way to turn? Can you relate to this father and this woman in the story who find themselves in the dirt looking for a miracle? Jesus showed up on that shore on that day for a purpose and He will show up on your shore for you. The amazing thing about God’s grace is we don’t have to go behind Him in shame we can stand before and make our requests to Him. No matter how you come to Him, with little faith or falling at His feet, the important thing is you go. Go to Him. He will notice you. He will come to you tenderly and you can have assurance that He alone has what you need.

Friend, I will pray for you. I will pray whatever it is that you need you will be willing to bring it to the feet of Jesus and there you will lay it down and give it to Him. With Jesus, you will never be lost in the crowd.

Please encourage others and share this with your friends(there are social media buttons right below here). They may be in need of the great Hope that is only offered through a relationship with Jesus. Pray for them. Encourage others by posting comments here on this blog page to help get your friends closer to having peace with Him. 

Thank you and Have a great week.      

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