She stood before the court and the jurors as deliberations on the case had come to an end.  The verdict was here and it wasn’t long afterwards that the statement read: Guilty.

This woman had committed a crime.  It was an unlawful act, out of the bounds of the law of the land and country.  Now she was held to the weight of the letter of the law.  Such sentence requires her life.  She is certainly guilty and all of the evidence surrounding her verdict proves this. 

Now depressed and even dismayed, she hangs her head down in guilt.  Tears begin to stream down her cheeks as she whispers- “Help me.”   

Then in a sudden turn of events, the judge, leaves his stand, temporarily steps down from his post, goes before the prosecutor and says,

“I will take her place.”  

How could the judge take this criminals place.  How could he leave his high-ranking to serve someone not worthy of such service.  Yet He did.  And for this we are eternally grateful.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

-Roman 5:8

If you need His help, His hand or His love- know that He is just a prayer away. 

See Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 11:28-29


A Healing Savior


Jesus was walking one day, surrounded and engulfed in a crowd and teaching the people of His Kingdom when a certain ruler whose daughter was to the point of death, interrupted his speech saying,

“Come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” (Matthew 9:18, NKJV)

While on his way to heal this twelve year-old girl, he was interrupted by a woman who had had an issue of blood for twelve years.  A woman crept up from behind and touched Jesus; for she said in her mind- verse 21,

“If only I may touch his garment, I shall be made well.”

She was instantly healed.  And Jesus turned around and said to her, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” (Matthew 9:22, NLT)

Jesus had just healed this woman suffering from a disease for twelve-long-years and he gave his full attention to her, but He did not forget the young girl!

The servants of the ruler whose daughter was sick, told him, “Don’t bother the Teacher anymore. Your daughter is dead!”  Jesus overheard their words and immediately responded,

“Do not be afraid; only believe.”  (Mark 5:36, NKJV)

When he came to the house of the ruler’s daughter, behold the place was crowded.  There was a lot of movement and commotion. Some were wailing at the top of their lungs and others laughing because Jesus had said, “the child is sleeping.”  Jesus drove them all out of the house and with the young girl’s hand in His palm said,

“Little girl, I say to you, arise.” (Mark 5:41, NKJV)

And immediately she too was made well!

But lest we forget the widows….  They are a group of women Christ will never forget and neither should we.

Jesus had come to a city called Nain, and he was surrounded by a large crown and many disciples.  As He entered the city, the entourage of a funeral percussion intercepted them.  And it was a dead man, but this dead man was the only son of a widow woman.

Oh, what agony she must have been in that afternoon!  Oh, what pain she must of endured.  Her husband had passed away earlier and as painful as that had been, she still had hope- for her son was yet alive!  She will see her son grow up, have his own kids and live an amazing future!  But now her son was dead too.

When Jesus saw her, he had compassion on her and said,

“Do not weep.”  (Luke 7:13, NKJV)

And he says the same thing to us.  Christ sees when we cry.  He see our tears in the midnight hour, feels our pain.  He certainly did for this woman.  She saw her loneliness, her anguish and sorrow.  And that is the purpose for his coming to earth, to bear our sorrows and be acquainted with our grief.  Thankfully, He is a God that shares our pain and is touched by our infirmities and diseases.           (– Heb. 4:15, Matt. 8:17)

And Jesus said,

“Young man, I say to you, arise.”

Then Jesus presented the young man standing and whole back to his mother.

What a Healing Savior we serve and trust!