Matthew 9:18-19 & 23-25 18While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. 19And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. 23And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, 24He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. 25But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
The first thing we can learn from this story is the man knew how to get to Jesus. It says that He came and worshipped Him. His baby girl was dead. He was likely heartbroken, distraught, and upset. Yet instead of coming to Jesus hysterically, or distressed, he came to Him with the thing that touches His heart- worship. He was able to get past his emotions and the emotions of the people around him and bring worship and faith to the feet of the master. He told Jesus, if you just come and lay your hand on my daughter, I know she will be made whole. He knew that if Jesus would touch her, everything would be alright. I love Jesus’ response. It says He arose and followed him. It doesn’t say He hesitated, or thought about it, or analyzed it. He arose. I think it’s important to understand that Jesus is always willing to meet us where our faith is. Remember the Roman centurion from a couple of chapters ago? Jesus merely spoke the word and his servant was made whole. Do you wonder why Jesus didn’t just speak the word over this man’s daughter? He certainly could have, but that is not what the man asked Him to do. He said will you come with me and Jesus did. Jesus was instantly willing and ready to do what the man asked. Do we understand that Jesus is that willing to move in our lives?
When we ask He is instantly ready to help us, but another thing we should recognize is it wasn’t an instantaneous thing. They had to walk a ways to the man’s house, they had to get around all the people wailing and crying outside, they even had to endure the ridicule of the unbelievers who thought Jesus was crazy. However, Jesus was beside the man every step of the way, and the man was able to stay in faith because of it. What does that have to do with us? When we ask for something from the Lord, it might not happen in an instant. Sometimes we have to walk for a while, we may have to endure a little pressure or ridicule, but He is always by our side. Every step of the way He never leaves us or forsakes us. As long as we can keep our faith in Him, eventually we will see Him do the miraculous in our lives. Look at the last line. Jesus kicked all the naysayers out, took the daughter’s hand and told her to arise and she awoke. Even if it looks like your situation is impossible, know that Jesus can resurrect it. There is nothing too difficult for Him, and nothing is impossible to him that believes!