Matthew 9:18-19 ” While He was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before Him and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But come and put Your hand on her, and she will live.’ Jesus got up and went with him, and so did His disciples.”

Jairus was the president of the Jewish synagogue in Capernaum and a very distraught father.  He had watched as life ebbed out of his beloved little daughter.  Nothing they did had made any difference, and now he felt she was beyond human help.  So in desperation, Jairus ran to find Jesus.  No longer full of pompous formality, ego, or pride, he was sprinting to find the only person he believed could change his daughter’s hopeless condition.  It says he threw himself down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come and lay hands on her…”so she will be healed and live.”  What faith came from this unlikely man who had nothing left but to put his trust in Jesus.

Mark 7:33 ” After He took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put His fingers into the man’s ears. Then He spit and touched the man’s tongue.”

Jesus used His own saliva several times in the Bible to heal.  In John 9:6 it says, “Having said this, He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.”  In Mark 8:23 it says, “He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.  When He had spit on the man’s eyes and put His hands on him, Jesus asked, ‘Do you see anything?’ ”  So why did Jesus do this very primal act?  We know that Jesus was fully man but also fully God…and within His saliva was His DNA.   DNA that held His chromosomes…His genetic information.  But the spit Jesus smeared on these men held something much more powerful… it held within it the very essence of God.

Matthew 8:1-3 ” When He came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed Him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said,’ Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”

Lepers were the most reviled of human beings in Jesus’ time.  They were considered utterly unclean physically and spiritually.  They were shunned and outcast…required to avoid others, staying at least six feet away from anyone, and forced to yell “unclean! unclean!” when approaching crowds. So what gave this leper the brazenness to walk right up to Jesus in the middle of a crowd and ask for healing?  He knew he was breaking every law in Leviticus 13.  But he also knew deep in his soul that this man he had watched from afar could cure him of this devastating disease.  He took a huge risk, but he had nothing to lose, and everything to gain if Jesus would oblige.  The crowd was probably stunned by the sight of this leper dropping at the feet of Jesus…but they were even more startled to watch with their own eyes the skin on this man return to normal when Jesus touched him.

Matthew 9: 6-7 ” Then He said to the paralytic, ‘Get up, take your mat and go home.’ And the man got up and went home.”

A group of friends brought a paralyzed man to the Lord and Jesus  gave him a three-stage command.  “Stand up on your once useless legs,  pick up and carry the mat you were brought here on, and go home and witness.   Jesus was asking the paralytic to do something he couldn’t do before …”Stand to your feet.”  Jesus then commanded him to pick up his only means of transportation and carry what had carried him in the past.  And finally, He said, ” Go home and testify of your  healing to everyone that  has only known you as a paralytic…and take the mat as a remembrance. “

Mark 10:48 ” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘ Son of David, have mercy on me!’ “

Blind Bartimaeus was begging by the roadside near Jericho, when from all the commotion, he realized Jesus was walking his way.  He started shouting at the top of his lungs trying  get the attention of  Jesus who he heard healed people. And  he continued to yell…and yell –  to the point the gathering crowd reprimanded him sharply.  But Bartimaeus was undeterred…for he just knew that Jesus could heal him…so he kept calling out, ” Jesus, heal me!”  Don’t ever allow other people’s  disapproval or doubt stop you from reaching out to Jesus and receiving your healing…just keep on yelling!

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