Healing Means Kneeling, Part One
Matthew 9:18-26- “While he was saying this, a synagogue leader 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. Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed at that moment. When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, he said, ‘Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region.”
Sarah Kay gives a great definition of spoken word: “Spoken word poetry is the art of performance poetry. I tell people it involves creating poetry that doesn't just want to sit on paper, that something about it demands it be heard out loud or witnessed in person.”
As I wrote this, my right knee was killing me. However, I am pressing on and believing God for a miracle, either through medicine or instantaneously. Our text in Matthew 9:18-26 deals with healing through faith. Matthew writes of faith, in multiple circumstances, as an element in the healing ministry of Jesus. Now, you might not believe you need physical healing like my knee, but in some form or fashion, we all need healing. Why does Jesus heal through faith? Our passage in Matthew 9 shows us how Jesus can use our faith.
In the beginning of the passage, we see the synagogue leader come to Jesus and say, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Expect healing through faith when you ask. Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of this synagogue leader.
The religious leader approaches Jesus almost embarrassed, hanging his head and avoiding eye contact. He knows what he stands for cannot save his daughter, only this new Messiah he has heard about will do it. This will tarnish his reputation in the synagogue. He does not care though, for it is his daughter, his blood! The leader suddenly thinks, “Perhaps if I kneel at his feet, he will sense the urgency of my request. I’m not worthy of his help, but I need to try.” He can wait no longer. Hearing a natural break in Jesus’ words of wisdom, the synagogue leader pushes through the crowd and kneels in the dust at the feet of Jesus. The feet of Christ are dirty, just like his. However, he knows he is kneeling before more than a man. This is the Messiah.
When we ask for something, it shows that we acknowledge our need for something. God already knows our needs, He just wants us to acknowledge them. Asking does not show weakness. It shows trust. When we ask for God’s help, we are trusting him! The synagogue leader asking Jesus for help was probably the bravest thing he has ever done in his life. He was a man with high influence, yet he trusted Jesus. As you read this, ask Jesus to heal the situation in your job, in your marriage, or when you’re at school. Watch him heal horrible situations, just like He does in scripture.
In our text, we see healing through faith when we ask and when we face the impossible. The synagogue leader’s daughter was dead! In a world without modern medicine and the ability to jump start someone’s heart with modern technology, dead meant dead. Nevertheless, God loves to display his glory in impossible situations. It shows the only explanation is Him! When I was a senior in high school, I finished my cross-country state meet and collapsed over the line, getting All-State honors. During the race, my body was wanting to shut down. My eyes were heavy and it was everything I could do to stay on my feet. Over the last quarter mile, I could only utter one word: “God.” I believe God helped me cross that line. If we never place ourselves in situations to test our faith, we will never see what God can do. Just like the synagogue leader, you can face the impossible with God’s help, for He is supreme and above all. Ask God to heal your ill and aging parent. Give more to missions this year. Because when we see what God can do through the impossible, we start to believe.