Suppose you had a dreadful disease that was considered terminal and you were told that there was only one doctor in the country who was able to treat this disease successfully. Wouldn’t you by any means possible try to get an appointment to see this doctor? I know I would.
People would tell you things like – he is the best person to help you, he is in high demand and patients have to wait months before they can see him. My two options would be :- (1) to go and see the doctor and let him attend to me, or (2) not go at all and most likely die faster. If I was lucky to get an appointment with this doctor at say 9.00 a.m, I would be sure to get there long before so that I would not miss him. I cannot just want to get well and not go to him, it would not make much sense. I have to go to him. I have to trust him and do exactly what he tells me to do. I would be putting my faith in this doctor to help cure my terminal illness, but first I must meet with him.
I would now like us to look at the following three examples and see if we can learn anything from them:
Do you recall the old lady with the blood issue who wanted to be healed by Jesus? (Mark 5:25-34) A large crowd followed and pressed around Him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him.
Although the crowd was thick, this old lady in her most likely feeble condition, braved the crowd to go to Jesus. She went to Jesus because she had faith that He could make her well again. She didn’t just wait around hoping to get better, she made it her duty to go to Him.
He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ ‘You see the people crowding against you,’ His disciples answered, ‘and yet you can ask, “Who touched Me?”‘ But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and knelt at His feet, and trembling with fear, told Him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering’.
Again we see here another person who Jesus describes as having great faith. What did the centurion do? He went to Jesus.
(Matthew 8:5-13) When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.
Another example of great faith is the Gentile woman whose daughter was possessed. (Matthew 15: 21-28) Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.” But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away.
Notice what she did, she came and worshiped him. And of course you know our God is merciful God, so she was granted her wish because of her faith. Again, this individual went to Jesus with her request to have it answered.
“Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.” But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!” Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.” She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.” “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed. This was a remarkable woman. Even though Jesus told her the healing was not for her, she didn’t give up. She didn’t cave in and say “Oh well, I tried my best”, she kept on pressing Him, pleading for His mercy.
How about us? Are we seeking Jesus to answer our prayers?
Do we go directly to Him, in His presence, or do we just lie down and pray and wait to see what happens? I would like to invite you today to go before Jesus with all your cares and concerns. Seek Him out just like these three individuals went out of their way to find Him for their requests. And how did He respond when they found Him? “Your faith is great, your request is granted.”
Don’t allow anything or anyone to make you feel disqualified from going before Jesus.
No matter how sinful you have been, He will accept you as you are and He will help you to make the necessary changes in your life. Don’t depend on your own strength. He came to save the sinners and I can guarantee you this; once you meet Jesus, your life will be transformed. He just requires that you have a sincere heart, repent from your sins and you put your full trust in Him and what He has accomplished on the cross for us.
You may be asking, “So how do I go to Jesus?” I pray that you will not just recite prayers from your memory, but you will open up your heart to receive Jesus Christ in your life. He wants to be a part of our lives but Jesus always waits for us to invite Him to come in. He loves us so much that He will not force Himself upon us, because forcing yourself upon someone is not true love. The Bible says He stands knocking at the door of our hearts, waiting for an invitation to come in. Let’s go to Jesus and give Him everything. All our pains, sicknesses, fears, worries, unforgiveness and anything that is burdening us. He wants us to come to Him so He can show us His great mercy.
Right now you are alive and you have a chance to go to Jesus. I urge you, please do.
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