Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hope for the Broken Hearted Luke 9:18-26

We want you to know that God knows exactly where you are emotionally and spiritually. He cares about you personally. He cares about men and women of all walks of life. These scriptures we’ve read tonight illustrate that. Here these verses we are introduced to two people that represent both ends of the spectrum of the human race.

The first is a man named Jairus. He was wealthy leader in the Jewish synagogue. He was a ruler, he was rich, and he was religious, but he had a serious problem. His daughter was seriously ill. She had been his joy for 12 years, now she was lying at home dying. Think how this man’s heart must have been tremendously heavy! He had heard of the Lord Jesus. He no doubt had heard how He had changed many lives. He must have sat by his daughter’s bed looking at her pale limp body. “I got to do something,” he must have thought. I am sure that this wealthy man had tried ever thing. But all the money in the bank couldn’t help! It has been said that money will buy:

A bed, but not sleep,
Books, but not brains,
Food, but not an appetite,
A house, but not a home,
Medicine, but not health,
A diamond, but not love,
Amusement, but not happiness,
A cross, but not a Savior.

This man’s daughter’s condition reminds us of the spiritual condition of every one of us. The Bible declares that every one of us is plagued with the sickness of sin. It says in the book of Romans “For all have sin and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). It also says that this sickness is a heart problem. The prophet Jeremiah diagnoses our condition when he says that, “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it?”

We are no different spiritual than this little girl was physically. But this man knew where to go for help. He came to the Lord Jesus; he fell down at His feet and begged Him to come to His house. This man had enough faith to believe that if the Lord Jesus came into his home all would be well! This man reminds us that Satan us been attacking the home since the beginning of mankind. First, he attacked the marriage when he divided Adam and Eve. Then he targeted two brothers when Cain killed Able. Ever since he wants to destroy homes. He wants to destroy your marriage, your home, but the Lord Jesus is the restorer of the broken home! Just as sickness and death broke this man’s home; maybe your home is being broken by sin. The Lord Jesus can heal every situation conquering every situation that might be facing you.

There is also another person in our portion. This women who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years. Think of it, as long as Jairus had been blessed with his little girl, this woman had been in misery. The Bible tells us that she was desperate. It informs us that she spent all she had on doctors and no one could help her. She was in a helpless situation. It is important that we note that her condition would have labeled her unclean by the rabbis and subject to the Levitical prohibitions: unable to touch others or to be touched. She was ostracized by the synagogue and orphaned by society. But what she didn’t know is that she was about to be the object of God’s mercy and grace! She probably had given up any idea of marriage or children. Think how alone she must have been! How very tired she must have been!

There are those reading this right now who feel alone, you feel tired and worn out. Like this woman you have lost all hope, you’ve tried everything and every one but you’re empty and all alone. We want you to know that Jesus knows all about you and He cares!

Notice this in both of the cases the Lord Jesus was:

1. Accessible (v41, 44) He is accessible to you right where you are. He came all the way from Heavens heights to be born of a virgin, to live a sinless life, and to die on Calvary’s cross to pay the penalty of sin, which is death. He was buried and on the third day He arose. Death could not hold. He was seen by many and then ascended up into heaven to some day return for those who have put their faith and trust in His finished work. The Lord Jesus made Himself accessible for you dear friend will you come to Him. He says to you “Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” He is not only accessible He is:

2. Available (v42 “He went with him”) The Lord Jesus is available to you this very momment. The prophet Isaiah would encourage you to, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near” (Is. 55:6). The Lord didn’t mind the interruption from the dear woman, in fact He welcomed it and He welcomes you right now!

3. Approachable (v44) we can only come to God through His beloved Son the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, “I am the way the truth and the Life no man can come unto the Father accept through me,” (Jn. 14:6). He said in another place, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved” (Jn. 10:9).

4. Awesome Power (v44-46, 55) Notice the power of God at work. In verse 48 her faith has brought her into a relationship, he calls her daughter. No longer an unnamed woman, a daughter, we get a sense of nearness. And the Lord tells this Father that was bound by fear Jairus, “Do not be afraid” (v50). What fear grips your heart? What troubles your soul? He can turn your troubles into Treasures your sorrows into Song!

5. The Lord is ready to Accept you right now!

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