God Uses All Things
God uses all things to bring us to Jesus.
Matthew 9:13-26 – There is purpose in suffering. Jairus and the woman with the flow of blood come from opposite ends of the social spectrum. Jairus is the leader of the synagogue. He would have been prominent in the community and likely wealthy. The woman was sick and broke. She was also an outcast since she was considered unclean. Yet, God in His mercy uses the things of the world, the sickness and death brought in by sin, to bring them both to exactly where they are meant to be – on their knees before Jesus.
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
18 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” 19 So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.
20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
23 When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, 24 He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. 25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went out into all that land.
Pastor Tom Neary
Calvary Catonsville Church
Calvary Chapel Maryland