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One of the great truths that Luke wants us to see in 8:40-56 is that Jesus has the power over both disease and death.
We have a danger in becoming “Shiny and Shamed”
*Have you ever felt shame?
In our minds, shame can range from simple embarrassment to deep emotional pain.
ILLUST - funny story of embarrassment
The Difference Between Guilt and Shame
Guilt points us to something we did.
Shame points to something we are.
Guilt says, “I did something bad.”
Shame says, “I am something bad.”
Bible speaks of two kinds of shame:
Well-placed and Misplaced Shame
Well-placed shame is shame you feel because you had a hand in it.
Garden of Eden
Misplaced shame is shame you feel even though you did not have a hand in the cause of the shame.
Something done to you.
Grew up in a verbally abusive home - told you’re worthless, a bad person.
Sexually abused - words you have for yourself - I am dirty, I am used.
Something that makes you different
Physical problem / deformity, infertility, still single or now divorced through no fault of your own.
In all these cases, shame begins to tell us who we are — I am broken, I am ugly, I am bad, I am used, I am worthless, I am unloved, I am insignificant, I am weak, pitiful, unwanted — and pretty soon we can find ourselves living out of that identity we have created or allowed others to create for us rather than living out of the victorious identity that Christ has secured for us on the cross.
Examples of Shame
Pastor Craig Groeschel points out that many of us tend to live out of our shame in
hopeless perfectionism where we attempt to cover the inadequacies we believe are a part of us by achieving the opposite — I did it.
Examples of Shame
harsh criticism (of self and others) — where we are hard on ourselves in the places we believe we are inadequate or we are hard on others in the places we believe we fall short
You were NOT meant to live in shame.
Whether your shame is a result of something you’ve done or something done to you, we will look at a story of a woman whose life is completely overshadowed by shame and how Jesus removed her shame and how he can remove yours as well.
**Jesus gives you a name that removes the shadows of shame.**
40 Now when Jesus returned, (from the the opposite side of the Sea of Galilee) a crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.
41 And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue.
And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, 42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.
As Jesus went, the people pressed around him.
Jesus had taken his disciples to the other side of the Sea of Galilee where they encounter a man who was possessed by thousands of demons.
The demons recognize Jesus.
Jesus frees the man from the demons by sending the demons into a herd of pigs which then run off a cliff and drown in the sea.
The people of the village are afraid and unwilling to have Jesus stay with them so Jesus and his disciples get back into the boat and set out back across the lake.
While all of this is happening, a crowd is forming on the opposite shore.
They are anxiously waiting for Jesus.
Probably many with sicknesses, problems, needs, which they are coming and hoping Jesus will take care of.
(It’s amazing how Jesus didn’t resist this)
Among the crowd is a a man named Jairus — Ruler of the synagogue — Big deal.
Ruler of the synagogue - Big deal.
very well known, very well respected.
His role was most important of the religious and social sphere.
Man who had great authority.
Falls at Jesus’ feet - (I imagine the crowd opening up a bit for this man)
This was huge not only for a Jewish man but THIS Jewish man
Jewish men didn’t fall at another man’s feet
They walked slowly, they wore long (clean) robes, they acted very dignified
(think of a man in a three-piece suit begging on his knees)
Just not done, but this man was desperate.
His daughter - only daughter - was dying.
She had twelve wonderful years, but now she is about to die.
He had left her only long enough to find Jesus, and now he was going to do anything to get Jesus to come and heal her.
Jesus begins to make his way to Jairus’ house with the crowd following.
43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone.
“discharge of blood” - disease that caused an continuous menstrual flow
not sure exactly what the disease was but we know what the disease meant:
chronic sickness, likely painful, unable to have children, ceremonially clean, relationally lonely, socially an outcast, emotionally hopeless.
According to Jewish law she was unclean - anyone who would have touched her would have been ceremonially unclean as well.
she could not be in public where others might touch her
banned from worship
She’s been socially and emotionally dead for twelve years and has no hope of ever living.
for twelve years no one has touched her
for twelve years she has been socially and emotionally dead
She is unclean, dirty, untouchable, unloved, unable, not enough, etc.
She’s tried to fix it - Luke (a doctor) tells us her disease is incurable and that she has spent all her money on doctors who could not help.
The story couldn’t begin with two more opposite people, but that’s the point.
Luke is trying to show us that. . .
YOU need Jesus.
Everyone needs Jesus.
The only thing these two have in common is their desperation and need for Jesus
Look at the contrast between the two:
Leader of worship, not allowed to worship
For Jairus, pride could have kept him from coming to Jesus - “I don’t need this prophet - I’m the ruler of the synagogue - I’m obviously blessed and God will favor me” But a tragedy can quickly change your pride.
We are always only one tragedy away from our pride becoming pleading.
Job loss, diagnosis, family death, etc.
For the woman, it was her shame that could have easily kept her from coming to Jesus.
I’m not good enough, I’m obviously not blessed so why would Jesus help me?
I’m not worth Jesus’ help.
This woman suffered shame (we know) through no fault of her own, but others saw her issue of shame as a problem of sin.
Either way, the answer is Jesus.
YOU need Jesus.
The only thing these two have in common is their desperation and need for Jesus.
44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased.
Jesus is on his way to Jairus’ house and this woman believes Jesus is her last hope
Problem - she is not supposed to be in public
Sneaks up behind Jesus hoping a touch will heal her.
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