Life brings many heartaches that can lead to inner brokenness. Many people we meet are suffering within. Some have learned ways to deal with their suffering others have simply found ways to hide it.
But God does not want us to hide our inner pain. He is the One who can heal our battered souls. God has provided a way of deliverance and healing for those things that are troubling our soul. He is the Great Shepherd of our souls who wants to lead us into a place of inner peace. But we must turn to Him. He doesn’t force himself on us. He waits with outstretched arms for us to come to Him and accept His love.
JESUS HEALS AND RAISES FROM THE DEAD
We read in the Bible of a story in Jesus’ life (Luke 8:40-53) when He raises a twelve-year-old girl from the dead, and also healed a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. These two stories remind us of the many in this world, people like you and me, who greatly suffer with broken lives, and do not know where to turn. Two individuals in our story, who were broken, and helpless turned to the Savior.
The first person was a man named Jairus. He was a religious leader. He came to Jesus and fell at His feet. His daughter, who was only twelve, was sick and at the point of death. He needed help from Heaven and he knew that Jesus had brought heaven to earth. He therefore came and fell down and called out for help.
At the same time as Jesus was going through a crowd that was almost crushing Him, a woman who was suffering for twelve years with endless bleeding came up to Jesus. She came in faith. The Bible says, “And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.” Jesus sensed that the power of God had left His body as the woman touched Him in faith. He wanted to know who it was that touched Him. The disciples tell Jesus that there is no way of knowing who it was that touched Him since the crowd around Jesus that was pressing on Him was so large. The story goes on to say how Jesus brought healing and peace to this woman—outward and inward healing. “Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
Then we return to the story of Jairus. A man arrives and tells Jairus that it is too late. His daughter is already dead. The man tells Jairus to not bother Jesus any longer. But Jesus speaks reassurance to the man. “Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” Jesus goes with Jairus to his house where people are gathered and mourning for the dead. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” The people mocked Jesus for saying she was not dead. But Jesus now acts and shows forth the power and mercy of God. The Bible says, “But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.” Jesus raised the child from the dead and gave her back to her parents, who were astonished at the power of God.
HEALING COMES THROUGH GOD’S FORGIVENESS
Because of the difficulties of life, we often face similar situations. These two stories speak of people who were broken on the outside but also hurting on the inside. They both did the right thing. They came to Jesus and He delivered them. In His love and mercy, He had compassion on them and healed their troubled souls.
Maybe you feel like you are dead within, having lost hope for today and the future. You need to come to Jesus like Jairus came, and let Jesus heal your stricken soul. If you will come like Jairus and humbly fall at Jesus’ feet, and open your heart to Him, He will open the heavens and pour out on your life God’s unlimited grace and meet your deepest needs. Or maybe you are like the bleeding woman who came to Jesus. Maybe your bleeding is in your heart and soul. Let me assure you that Jesus understands and is touched with your feelings of hopelessness and pain. He stands ready to stop your bleeding soul and give you inner peace.
The Bible tells us that inner healing and wholeness begins when our sins are forgiven. Jesus died on the cross and became the sacrifice for sin for the entire world. Three days later He arose from the dead and conquered sin and death. Our response must be to come to Jesus and trust Him alone. We must abandon any other hope of salvation except His death on the cross in our place and begin to follow Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
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