Pain often humbles us like nothing else can. Pain makes us admit our weaknesses. Pain makes us admit our dependence on God. Pain forces us to approach God in a manner that is selfless. Sometimes we allow our pride to keep us from being humble. Sometimes we allow our anger or bitterness about our situation keep us from approaching God. Other times we refuse to surrender, to let go and trust God.
Suffering should cause us to seek Jesus
We see two different and unique situations with remarkable similarities. The first person to come to Jesus was Jairus. Jairus was a ruler of a local synagogue and had a position of authority. We do not know what his position was but it was clear he was a person of great importance. Jairus comes to Jesus seeking help for his daughter.
Jairus comes out of sheer desperation. There was no where else to turn and no one would help him. The only reason that Jairus leaves the side of his dying daughter is because no one else would go for him. There are times in life when we come to the end of ourselves. Jairus was humbled before Jesus and fell on his face at the feet of Jesus.
The second person to come to Jesus that day was an unnamed woman with a serious health issue. The woman had a continuous problem with bleeding. We do not know what the cause was but may have been a series of wound that would not heal. Whatever the issue was the woman’s need was absolute.
The woman was literally hopeless without Christ. Jesus was the woman’s last resort. The woman had this bleeding condition for 12 years. The situation had caused her to be declared unclean. This meant that she could have no contact with other people. She would not be able to participate in the religious life of Israel. The woman was an outcast.
It is likely that she had been divorced and no was with nothing. She had gone to every possible doctor and tried every possible treatment but nothing worked. She spent everything and actually her condition got worse not better. Jesus was her last chance at a normal life.
The woman came to Jesus with an attitude that she was far from being worthy of anything that He could do for her. The woman did not want to draw any attention to herself and her situation. There are times when we have personal pains we want to keep hidden. Situations that we do not want to admit. No matter what pain you have, no matter what you are going through, Jesus knows already and wants to cover you in his love.
Suffering draws us to a deeper faith
Both Jairus and the woman were led to a deeper faith because of their suffering. The woman approaches Jesus believing that if she just touches the hem of His robe she would be healed. The woman believed in the gospel and in the power of Jesus.