Jesus Gives Healing and Life

Day 89

Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23; Luke 8:40-9:6; Psalm 71:1-24; Proverbs 12:5-7

Jesus Gives Healing and Life

In our Luke passage today, we read of two major events in the ministry of Jesus: the healing of a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years and the raising from the dead of a twelve-year-old girl. Through each of these events, we learn something of the character and mission of Jesus.

The woman who came to Jesus in the crowd was outcast, made unclean under the law by her illness. She had no right to be there, much less to touch Jesus, but she believed enough in His power to heal her that she took the risk, desperately hoping not to be seen. But Jesus did not let her go unnoticed. He not only restored her to physical health, but He commended her faith and gave her a blessing of peace. By publicly pronouncing her healing and faith, Jesus, in His compassion, restored her to a whole and active life in her community.

In restoring Jairus’ daughter to life, Jesus displayed His power over death. He returned the little girl to her parents’ care, telling them to give her food. The Man who could return a spirit to a body cared about the needs of that body, the needs of the whole person. Jesus has promised to restore all believers to life, and He cares about all aspects of that life: physical and spiritual, emotional and social, on this earth and with Him in Eternity.

Jesus told His “daughter” that her faith had healed her. He urged Jairus not to be afraid, but to believe. He invites all of us to come to Him without fear, and with faith and trust for healing and for restored, authentic, abundant life.

Laura Madison
The Summit Church
Lake Mary, FL

Where Is Your Faith?

Day 88

Deuteronomy 11:1‐12:32; Luke 8:22‐39; Psalm 70:1‐5; Proverbs 12:4

Where Is Your Faith?

Jesus asks the disciples, “Where is your faith?” after they wake Him up because they are afraid their boat was going to capsize in the storm. There is their faith, Jesus! They knew if they woke you up all would be well, and it was! They could count on Jesus to make things right.

But it isn’t the same for the villagers on the other side of the sea. They are afraid after what they see Jesus can do. They ask Him to leave them; they don’t know what to make of Him. Their faith must grow in order to know what the disciples know: Call on Jesus when you are swamped and the storm will be calmed.

God promises the Israelites wandering in the desert the same thing. Keep my commandments and all will be well. Who do you trust? Where is your faith?

Does it feel like you know where Jesus is, but He is asleep? And you are being swamped? Notice what the disciples call Jesus when they wake Him up. They call, “Master! Master!” Call on the one who is the master of the waves, the master of the wind and be amazed at what will obey Him. It might even be you who hears and obeys.

The Rev. Alison Harrity
St. Richard’s Episcopal Church
Orlando, FL

Ears That Hear

Day 87

Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22; Luke 8:4-21; Psalm 69:19-36; Proverbs 12:2-3

Ears That Hear

Our Old Testament reading continues today with Moses rehearsing some scenes of Israel’s recent past – some scenes that, most likely, they would rather forget. Don’t we all have such scenes in our lives? But, thankfully, in addition to the mistakes in Israel’s past there was also a God defined by steadfast love, and an intercessor who pleaded on their behalf.

This intercessor, named Moses, was called to this role by the God who understood in advance that His People would need a mediator. Moses called the People of God to remember, to listen (that is obey), and to turn back to God when they failed. Many centuries later the God of steadfast love sent another figure, named Jesus, who called Israel to do the same. Moses fell short of entering the Promised Land, but through His cross and resurrection, Jesus brought the Promised Land to those who recall what Jesus did, obey God’s call, and turn back to Him.

God sent the perfect mediator in His Son, Christ our Lord, because He heard the cry of the collective human heart which rang out, “We need a Savior!” Jesus taught His disciples a new commandment: “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34).  Let it be said of us that we have turned to God, heard these words, and have obeyed this command.

The Rev. Gary Jackson
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Bartow, Florida