“While 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” (Matt. 9:18).

“And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: 21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole” (Matt. 9:20, 21).

By way of personal application, would you be healed? Would you be healed from a wounded conscience, and the burden of sin? Then you must find Jesus. Would you find personal salvation for your soul? Then you must find Jesus. Would you be healed physically? Then you must find Jesus. Would you be healed emotionally? Then you must find Jesus. Would you be healed from a besetting sin, and set free from a lifelong addiction? Then you must find Jesus. But know this. You will only find Jesus so He can meet your need, by going to Him in a definite way.

Consider, then, the process.

First, your situation must be desperate. The daughter of Jarius was on the verge of death. The woman with the issue of blood had exhausted all medical knowledge and was none the better. Both were in a helpless, hopeless situation, and without personal strength to affect their own situation.

Second, know that Jesus is the ultimate and only solution. No one in heaven or in earth could help them but the God-Man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Angels could not help, saints could not help, doctors could not help, religious leaders could not help, friends and family could not help, only Jesus.

Third, both the ruler and the women were willing to pay any price, go any distance, press through any opposing situation to get to Jesus. They would seek Him until He was found, and when found, they would plead their case, one by lips, the other by touch.

Fourth, both Jarius and the woman knew they needed the touch of the Master. Jarius knew that if his daughter was to live, she must be touched by Jesus. The woman with the issue of blood knew that if she was to be healed, she must touch Jesus. There must be a literal connection with the Divine. “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee” (Job 42:5).

“Shackled by a heavy burden,
‘Neath a load of guilt and shame
Then the hand of Jesus touched me,
And now I am no longer the same

He touched me, oh He touched me,
And oh the joy that floods my soul!
Something happened and now I know,
He touched me and made me whole

Since I met this blessed Savior,
Since He cleansed and made me whole,
I will never cease to praise Him,
I’ll shout it while eternity rolls

He touched me, oh He touched me,
And oh the joy that floods my soul!
Something happened and now I know
He touched me and made me whole.”

William J. Gaither

Fifth, the daughter of Jarius, and the woman with the issue of blood was saved because they believed. They truly believed in the person and power of Jesus Christ with all of their heart. There was no “hope against hope” words on their lips. There was no hesitation of trust in their heart. There was no qualification in their expressions.

“My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live,” was the affirmation of faith by Jarius. Nothing doubting. “If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole,” said the woman with the blood disorder.

Sixth, both the ruler of the synagogue and the woman with the issue of blood believed that they personally mattered to Jesus. While Jesus ministered to the multitudes, He blessed individuals in their greatest moment of need.

“Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry,
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Let me at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief;
Kneeling there in deep contrition,
Help my unbelief.

Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.

Thou the spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee,
Whom in Heav’n but Thee.”

Fanny J. Crosby, 1868

Seventh, it is not enough to know the process. Faith must begin the physical journey to Jesus. The ruler of the synagogue sought Jesus out. The women with the blood disorder sought Jesus out. You too must begin to seek the Lord with one single purpose always on your heart: “I want healing.”

Where do you look for Jesus?

Look for Jesus in prayer. Begin to call upon the name of the Lord. After being expelled from the Garden of Eden, after introducing murder and madness into society, we read “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. 26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord” (Gen. 4:25-26). “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6).

Look for Jesus in the preaching of the word. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). Charles Spurgeon was born On June 19, 1834 in Kelvedon Essex. He was born again at the age of 15 on January 6, 1850. What led to his conversion was desperate desire to be saved. Even though his father and grandfather were ministers of the gospel, he had no assurance of salvation. He set out to visit every church in the area to find Jesus and the way of salvation. On a snowstorm Sunday morning he was compelled to go to a little Primitive Methodist Chapel. The gospel was preached, and young Spurgeon was touched by Jesus, and was healed.

Look for Jesus in the Bible.  “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13).

Look for Jesus where He is ministering to others. The ruler of the synagogue had heard of the Young Rabbi and believed. The woman with the issue of blood sought Jesus out in the midst of a crowd. The Lord of Glory still moves among His people today. Go and find Him in His Church.

In the search, do not despair. Do not let delay cause your heart to grow weary. You shall yet be healed. A delay is not a denial. Do not let others distract you from touching Jesus. Stay focused though the years roll by and there is no healing, no deliverance, and only the pall of death by others moaning and wailing. Hope in the Lord. Now go, find Jesus, nothing wavering, and be healed in your soul, in your body, in your personal addictions, in your emotional life.

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