The woman with the issue of blood pressed through the crowd. In her weakened state, she would not be denied. She had to touch Him. And, she did.
The blind man cried out at the top of his lungs, “Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me!” And, he did.
Jairus could have sought out a doctor – but instead, he chased down the Great Physician. And, his daughter was raised from the dead.
Some men picked up their sick friend and carried him to church. When they couldn’t get through the door, they climbed to the roof and ripped the shingles off – letting their friend, who couldn’t move his body, down by a rope. And, Jesus healed him.
What if none of that had ever happened?
I don’t guess for us it would make much difference. There would be other stories that replaced those in our Bible. We are told that the world couldn’t contain the books of all the things He has done.
But, think of it from their perspective.
The woman with the issue of blood would have died, penniless and alone.
Jairus daughter would have been buried.
Bartimaeus would have lived out the rest of his life as a blind beggar.
And, the sick friend would never walk by his own power.
What is the common thread of all of these stories? Well, there are a couple of things that are the same throughout every story of faith:
#1: Jesus was there.
When Jesus woke up that morning, he knew exactly where the woman with the issue of blood was. He knew what street he needed to walk down to get near her. And, he knew exactly the right speed to walk through the crowd to give her what she needed to touch him.
Jesus knew Jairus daughter was going to die. He knew she was dying as he was healing the woman from the previous paragraph. And, he knew that by the end of the day, that whole family was going to be rejoicing.
Jesus knew exactly where blind Bartimaeus sat. And, as he passed by, he knew exactly where to walk to get within earshot of his cries.
The point is, Jesus knows where you are. And, He positions Himself to be in the right place at the right time for you. But, Jesus didn’t proactively meet the need. Which leads us to the next point.
#2: They Took Advantage of His Presence
Jesus could have walked up to the woman’s house and said, “be healed.” He could have knocked on Jairus door two days earlier and healed the girl. He could have walked over and put His hand on Bartimaeus’ head and healed him before he knew what happened.
But, He didn’t proactively meet the need.
Jesus proactively positioned Himself – the people are the ones that took advantage of His presence.
What would have happened if Jairus decided to stay home?
What would have happened if Bartimaeus was too embarrassed to keep screaming?
The point is, you can’t sit still and expect Jesus to come and change your circumstance. He positions Himself exactly where you need Him to be, but He waits for you to meet Him there.
Today, Jesus will be stopping by 2312 4th Avenue in Seattle. He’s going to be meeting needs and changing lives. If you have a need, you can find Him there.
By this time tonight, you and your family could be rejoicing.
But what if you decided not to come?
What if you decided to take a day off and stay home?
Well, He’ll still be doing miracles. And, the sun will rise tomorrow. And, everyone will go about their life like they always have; including you.
And, we’ll never know the miracle that God had for you today.