Jesus said to her, “Daughter”

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Why? To give any credence to Brown’s Da Vinci’s Code’s ridiculous fantasy? Absolutely not. Why then? To give us a transforming insight into the very heart and identity of this itinerant rabbi from Nazareth—“THE Jesus”.

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record this miracle of Jesus healing a woman who for twelve years was plagued with continual menstrual bleeding. Each gospel makes it a point to record the only time Jesus called a woman, “daughter.”  Read those accounts and note that this poor woman was broke from seeking medical help that couldn’t heal her. Old Testament law in Leviticus 15:27 branded her as “unclean”, quarantining her from human touch and from worship. She had no one else to turn to; she was hopeless and helpless. She had heard about this man with supernatural powers and called him “THE Jesus.”

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But Jesus was making his way to Jairus’ house to heal his twelve-year old daughter. There was no way she could stop the crowd and beg Jesus to heal her. So, unclean and desperate, she broke through the crowds just enough to touch His garment. Immediately she was healed. Immediately Jesus felt power leave him. He stopped and searched the faces in the crowd to find this woman. Now note how kindly Jesus treated her. And notice the relationship He establishes with her, calling her, “daughter.” He treated her like He was her father, like Jairus treated his daughter. Jesus is the one the psalmist wrote about in Psalm 103:13 “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.”

As a dad myself, I am deeply moved by how much Jesus loved her with the compassion of the Father. Jesus’ tender care and healing of this woman was mirrored by Jairus’ deep love for his little girl. And if Paul Simon’s song “Father and Daughter” had been written, would Jesus and Jairus have sung that love song to their girls?

“I’m gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you’ll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father who loved
His daughter more than I love you .”

Father’s, let’s tell our daughters how much we love them, no matter how old they are; maybe send them this link:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY_BMqcgJDY)

For His glory,
Pastor Mike