Yesterday was crazy busy with school starting, and COR Team emails to answer/send so I completely forgot to post these notes. Please forgive my absent mindedness. Enjoy!
Following are my notes from Beth Moore’s message given on January 3, 2012. It was entitled, “Clean Us.”
“You can not use God up. He is not a dispensable commodity. You are incapable of going unnoticed by God.” <— [My favorite quote from Beth’s message]
Main Text from Luke 8:40-55
Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.
As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat.
In this passage we once again observe that Jesus is not hesitant to interrupt lives for His glory. In vv. 43-48, Christ momentarily pauses His previous journey to Jairu’s daughter [vv. 40-42; 49-55] in order to address the individual need of a woman.
This woman risked making everyone around her unclean just by touching them. By touching Jesus she risked making Him unclean as well. You see, from the Law’s standards, the woman was filthy [cermonial unclean because of her blood discharge] and everything she touched would be defiled. But, this woman knew that if she could just touch the outermost part of Jesus’ robe, she would be healed.
Christ came so that He could be touchable, not just reachable, not just visual, but touchable! He knows exactly what kind of person you are, but He doesn’t turn you away. In fact, He is available; He seeks you out because He cares about you. Have faith enough to reach out and grab onto Him. Be willing to say that you need Him to heal you, in the deepest, most personal way possible. Your deepest, darkest struggle, the one you haven’t told anyone about, He sees and wants to heal.
Let God clean you, because if you don’t you wont draw near to Him and He can’t heal you, He won’t be able to do what He intends to do, unless you come to Him. Come to the cross. Draw close to Him. Let His blood sprinkle upon your heart and cleanse you.
Don’t ever forget what Christ did for you on the cross! You have been cleansed. Draw near with a heart of assurance that He has cleansed away your sins. In order for the woman to say that she was clean, she had to admit to touching Jesus, in front of hundreds of people, people who knew she was unclean because of her blood discharge. However, she proclaimed, in front of all that she was the one who touched Jesus, and He told her to go in peace because her faith had healed her. It’s our faith that heals us, not the act or the motion. It’s only faith, that’s all that’s needed. Have faith.
More notes to come tomorrow!