From Daniel's Desk on 4/1/2020
My Title: Falling Before Jesus
My Verse: 36
36 "But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, 'Do not fear, only believe.'"
Falling at Jesus' feet. Whether they were driven there by desperation, fear, hope or faith, every life was changed forever.
The demon possessed man ran to Jesus and was thrown down in front of Jesus. The demons had to give an account to Jesus. The crippling aliments must bow before Jesus.
The hopeful, unclean, unhealthy, broke woman had enough faith to touch His garments but not enough faith to believe that she would mean anything more to Him than being an inconvenience. Her humble response when questioned was absolute truthful confession. Jesus marveled at her faith. SHE KNEW WHO HE WAS but she didn't know His heart.
The ruler knew who Jesus was because he and the other leaders had debated Jesus a lot. He had to humble himself to reach out to Jesus in his desperate moment of need. Even after he is told that there is no hope and his daughter has died, Jesus encourages him to not fear and only believe.
We fall at Jesus feet in broken desperation when we should be bowing in humble adoration. Jesus still meets us right where we are and lifts us up to heal us and restore us with the right application. One is spiritual healing, another physical healing and another faith building. Jesus is going to make all things new.
How Will This Make You a Better Husband/Father/Man:
How are you leading your kids to approach Jesus? Will they run to Him in desperation or will they be kneeling before Him because they already know who He is?
Another man falls before Jesus. On the other side of the lake it was a demon possessed man that ran and fell down before Him.
This man is desperate. His daughter is about to die. He is a RULER in the synagogue. No way He didn't have to humble himself to approach Jesus. All of his associates where discussing how much of a problem Jesus is. (Nicodemus had to come to Him at night)
Another falls down before Him. The woman who had faith that even touching His garments would heal her.
She is afraid and falls down before Jesus to confess when He is questioning the crowd pressing around Him. He knew that power had gone out from Him and she had been healed. Jesus lovingly encourages her.
The little girl dies. The servant comes to tell the ruler not to trouble the teacher any further. - Jesus overhears them and tells him, DO NOT FEAR, ONLY BELIEVE!
Jesus heals the 12 year old girl and then strictly charges them not to tell anyone. - Where most would seek this opportunity to expand their ministry impact Jesus does the opposite. - I think the reason is because Jesus doesn't have to work, or even ask for a platform. When He wants one, he'll just have it.