Kigen Joh …
ERM Bible School
Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there.
Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him,
“My little daughter is dying.
Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”
So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him.
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.
She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,
because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”
Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him.
He turned around in the crowd and asked,
“Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,”his disciples answered,
“and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’“But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.
Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.
Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Today I would like extend my message and conduct this healing session by focusing on the
“healing of the woman who had been subject to bleeding”.
Prior to this woman being healed, a synagogue ruler named Jairus, sought to have his daughter prayed for.
And we learn that this was just after evil spirit had been removed, and there was this man who had been delivered from Legion.
Therefore, many people were crowding, as we learn in verse 24:
“So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him.”
It was in this situation that the healing of the woman who had been subject to bleeding was healed.
The suffering condition of this woman was such that, as it is stated in verse 25,she had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.
She probably had much wealth, but she had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had (vs 26),
so her condition left her with nothing.
Instead of getting better, she was worse off, and nothing worthwhile happened.
We all have dependency on something.
If there is someone with power and authority, a salaried worker might think of drawing near to him with flattery,thinking to get promoted. Or,a local business person might use flattery to make a business deal with someone influential in the locality.
Maybe this woman had thought to seek prominent doctors to get healed.
But her expectations were betrayed, and rather than getting better, the condition got worse.
Why did she make such a mistake?The mistake she made was that she had depended on the wrong.
She depended on what is not capable of answering her.
The Bible tells us to “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils.” (Isiah 2:22)
It means that we should not depend on man.But this woman depended on doctors who are human beings.
Today, what is it that you depending on for your living?
On what are you placing your expectations on?
Let us be as how the woman who had been subject to bleeding was healedbyplacing her expectations on Jesus.
We, too,shall not make the mistake about what to depend on.
We learn next, ”Because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed” (vs 28)”.
In the New International Version Bible, the footnote on the phrase “she thought”, is referred to as “she said”.
She must have been constantly proclaiming, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed”.
Having been under such a terrible condition, she figured,“I now have only Jesus to depend on”,
and spoke, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”
She said, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”
We too shall depend on what is sure.
And carry on being expectant of the sure one.
And speak out our expectations.
Hope will arise for those who would do so.
We are told that this woman had lost her money, and her condition got worse.
Yet, she had her hope.
That Jesus shall surely answer her.
With expectations placed on Jesus the sure one, she was able to hold on to hope, though being under the terrible conditionthat she was in.
Is there any among you without hope?
What is it that you are proclaiming everyday?
Are you saying, “Oh life is not that easy going?”
From life without hope and life within resignation, we are unable to attain anything.
Now let us place our expectations on Jesus.
As we place our expectations on the sure one, we must conduct ourselves right.
You might be a Christian.
You may already be believing in Jesus, but right now, you must precisely decide on who it is that you will depend on.
And then you must conduct yourself in the right way.
A person may be believing in Jesus, but if that person has no expectations of Him,
and thinksthat his life will carry on as is until its end, then this person is not living as the woman who had been subject to bleeding,
and healing may not be received.
The woman touches the clothes of Jesus.
Touching the clothes of those other than Jesus will not result in her receiving the blessings.
She was healed after touching the clothes of Jesus that had the power of God and full of blessings.
She depended on the sure one and made the right move.What was its result?
“Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering” (vs 29).
Why was she healed?
She touched, not on one who has but a breath in his nostrils, but on the son of God who gives the sure answer,
and she conducted herself in the right way.
I often mention that the bullet train does not move because you ride on it, but it moves because it is on the rail.
When we depend on the one that is sure, and run on the sure path, it will happen. Is anyone ill at this time?
Let us conduct ourselves right.
Today, we are able to experience the miraculous works of God.
The other day I was in Nago of Okinawa.
There, God’s miraculous power had occurred during the worship, before the message was given.
A person suffering of back pain got healed right there.
Also, a woman deaf in her right ear became able to hear.
She was able to hear the voice of a lady worshiping even when she covered her left ear.
She could not hear the sound of the piano, but she was rejoicing.
I believe more miraculous works will take place.
Now, then, who will it be that we are going to be expecting upon?
Maybe at your home or here in this hall you are not able to see Jesus.
But even if you don’t see Him, Jesus is present.
And when you touch on Jesus, or when you attempt to touch Jesus, healing begins.
Itis not I that have the power to heal, but Jesus does.
Today, at this time, if you will to expect of Jesus, then His works will appear at your place.
When the woman who had been subject to bleeding touched Jesus,
Jesus felt it, as we see in verse 30: “At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him.
He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
There was a multitude of people.
Many miracles were performed, and those that saw the power of Jesus who ridded the evil spirit may have thought,
“I want to touch Jesus, I want Jesus to touch me,” just as the woman who had been subject to bleeding thought.
This woman touched Him amongst the crowd.
“But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it” (vs 32).
”Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth” (vs 33).
We must not go to God only to seek healing.
We must live in such a way that we will look up to God in all things.
You might be in need of healing.
However, when we are healed, it should not be that we are not in need of God any longer,
but that we live in union with God, and in so doing, we receive all things from Him.
This woman who had been subject to bleeding fell at the feet of Jesus.
We must not forget to offer the worship of thanksgiving whenever God’s work is manifested.
Let us always be such.
“He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.
Go in peace and be freed from your suffering (vs 34).”
Those wishing to receive healing and blessings, may be praying, “heal me”, “give me money”,
“let me pass the test”, “let me marry someone wonderful”.
While it is good to seek in prayer, in the case of this woman who received her healing,
she was healed because she had the faith to receive the healing.
She did not receive her healing by having Jesus pray for her.
It was by the faith that she held one-sidedly to believe, “if only I touch His clothes.”
In faith, there is the faith of the one that prays, and faith of the one that receives.
The example I often give is the one about the bottled drink.
Let’s say there is someone who wants to give the bottled drink and someone who wants to receive it.
If the recipient does not extend his hand to receive it, it will not be received.
In this way, this woman went in front of God, with her hand extended to receive.
If you wish to receive the miraculous works of God, you must have this heart and faith.
If you yourself do not believe,
and are wondering whether you would be healed or not, then nothing will happen.
When we ourselves believe, “surely I shall be healed,” then it would happen.
I have often talked about the time my wife was semi-paralyzed.
First day of praying, she did not move.
Second day I continued to pray.
On this second day, her hand moved and she grasped my finger.
We must go in front of God with such faith that we will never give up,
that we will absolutely receive of Him.
Let’s look at another aspect.
What was the circumstance of this woman who had been subject to bleeding?
What did Jesus say?“Go in peace.”
I would like for you to understand that Jesus is not just a healer.
This woman’s illness of bleeding was healed.
However, there was something she did not have. Money.
How was she to make a living after this?
Is He telling her to go in peace because she recovered from her illness?
Her sense of peace is not just about recovering from illness.
Her peace lies in how she will go about living from there.
Jesus said, “Go in peace.”And this woman went in peace.
In other words, Jesus will sustain her living,as well as, of those others facing difficulties.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”(Mathew 6:26).
This woman, until meeting Jesus, was depending on the wrong, she lost her wealth, became poor, and may even have been like a beggar.
God told her, you have met Jesus so your life will become such that you do not have to be troubled,
therefore, “Go in peace.”
Furthermore, Jesus says to her, and also to us, “Be freed from your suffering.”
Maybe you are unemployed at this time.
Or, you do not have enough income.
But as Jesus had said to this woman, He is saying to us, “Go in peace.
I will take care of everything about you.”Amen!
I believe she received not only healing,
but that she went on having peace for her onward life.
If you would depend on God who fulfillsyour all in this manner,
your illness will be cured and your needs will be met.
When we believe in this Jesus who is the sure one,
who even died but then resurrected, we will receive those blessings.
Now after the woman who had been subject to bleeding was healed,this time,
mencame from the house of Jairus who had earlier asked for healing for the daughter.
“Your daughter is dead,” they said.
“Why bother the teacher anymore?” (vs. 35).
They must have thought, since the daughter was dead,
it was no longer necessary to have Jesus come.
What did Jesus say when He heard this?
“Don’t be afraid; just believe” (vs 36).
The woman who had been subject to bleeding received her blessing by believing.
She received by her faith.
But the men from of Jairus’ house did not have that faith.
Nor, did Jairus himself.
In order to have them hold on to that same faith (faith to receive), Jesus told them to, “Just believe.”
This is not about being prayed for by Jesus, or being prayed for by so and so teacher.
Unless you believe, you cannot receive.
As in the example of the bottled drink, “giving”, “receiving”,
“pouring faith” “receiving faith”, the giving and taking transaction is necessary.
You may be a Christian.
You may have had your faith for a long time.
But if any of you are feeling that you have not experienced God,
then you must definitely receive the Word of God that says, “Just believe.”
Regarding my wife’s condition, the doctors had told me it might becritical.
But I just believed.
I completely believed in the Word of God in 1 Peter 2:24,
that by the blood of Jesus she has been healed.
Today we are working together.
Now, we must conduct ourselves in the right way.
Once we become aware of the one that is the sure one, we must receive properly.
Unless otherwise, we are not able to receive anything.
There are those who can experience the works of God before one’s eyes, and those who cannot.
“He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James” (vs 37).
Jesus had 12 disciples.
However, He does not take 12.
It was Peter, James and John.
On the Mount of Transfiguration,
it was also these three who was with Jesus when he was transfigured..
Why was it these three?
Why were they able to together take part in this glory?
I believe that for us to be able to witness and experience such a scene,
our hearts must be prepared.
“When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler,
Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly (vs 38).
The daughter has died. Family and servants are in commotion.
They are all thinking that it is all too late, she had died and there is no way of saving.
However, Jesus, though he was informed of the death, He said.
Now let’s read verse 39.
“He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep” (vs. 39).
She did die.
On the one that died, Jesus says she is sleeping.
Asking, “Why are you wailing and crying?”
In our walk of faith, and as we go on being blessed,
there is something that we need to know.
And that is about the reality or fact. Here, the daughter died.
But Jesus, who surpasses reality or fact, is standing on the truth.
I always use the example of the bottled drink.
The bottled drink I have here exists.
Will this be always existing here? No.
It is a reality and fact that it exists here.
But if you ask if it is the truth, then I must say it is not.
Because truth is unchanging.
After worship, I will probably take this bottled drink back to Ena,
it will not remain here.
It is not unchanging.
It may be that you now have no money, or you may be sick or unemployed.
But rather than voicing the present reality, we must instead,
not forget to stand on the truth and speak accordingly.
Jesus had people leave the room.
Because those who are wailing are unable to see the moment of a miracle.
Now, then, who were those who could respond?
“But they laughed at him.
After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him,
and went in where the child was” (vs.40).
Only Peter, James, John and the parents were allowed to go where the dead daughter of Jairus was.
Others were not allowed.
The others of the 12 disciples must have wanted to be there,
but even if they wailed they were not allowed.
Those who thought prayers cannot be answered were notallowed to enter.
Only those who are able to stand on faith, and fully believe in the arising of the dead,
and the parents that desperately hoped for the daughter to arise were allowed in.
“He took her by the hand and said to her,”
“Talithakoum!”” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”) (vs.41).
In our lives we come across deaths and illnesses.
These are reality and fact.
Yet, we stand on the truth.
The truth is that which is eternally unchanging.
We believe in Jesus. Or some might be leaning to believe.
At this moment, what is it that we are believing in?
Or, what is it that we are leaning to believe in?
This is not just about the expectation on being cured.
Do not just expect that you will be cured!
The Bible says, Heaven and earth will pass away.
Then what is it that will remain?
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Mark 13:31).
It is the Word of the Bible.
Therefore, for those with expectations at this time,
I would like to have you grip the unchanging Word of God.
You are not receiving because you expect.
It is in holding on to the Word of God, and by the Word of God,
you are headed to receiving the healing.
“By his wounds you have been healed”, (1 Peter 2:24).
For those of you who are seeking healing, please repeatedly proclaim this Word of God.
Healing can come instantly on this day, or it can come gradually.
We, therefore, believe in this Word of God.
This is the truth, therefore, as were repeatedly speak it, it will happen.
The Gospel says, you have been healed.
It doesn’t say you will be healed.
It says you have been.
The healing has already taken its place.
If you are told 500,000 yen has been remitted to your bank account, won’t you go to claim it?
In reality, the cash is not in your hands, but if it is in the bank, then you can go to claim it.
In reality, it may be that you are sick.
In the spiritual realm, when we die, we will go to heaven,
and there in heaven, healing already exists.
“By his wounds you have been healed”
Jesus had taken the burden of your sickness and sin.
When that woman who had been subject to bleeding went through the crowd
and drew near to Jesus and touched his clothes,she was cured.
When you, too, go to claim it, it will happen.
Let us return to Mark chapter 5.
“Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old).
At this they were completely astonished (vs 42).
Maybe in reality the doctors are saying it cannot be healed, that it is an incurable disease.
But then we say, we have been healed by the stripes of Jesus.
Rather than standing on reality, standupon the Word of God that says, “Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will never pass away,” and cling on to His Word, then it will happen.
Just as the woman who had been subject to bleeding, believing that on that day she will be healed, got healed.
“He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat (vs 43).
Tothe woman who had been subject to bleeding, Jesus asked that she shows herself,
but this time, he asks not to tell anyone about it.
Why is that?
It is because the woman who had been subject to bleeding, Jesus had not prayed over.
When Jesus does the works, he does not bring the glory upon himself.
He brings about glory to God.
This time Jesus prayed and the dead person revived.
Therefore, Jesus said, “do not tell anyone,” because the glory would go to Him.
Now and beyond, many people will be used by God.
It doesn’t matter who it was that prayed or preached.This is what is being taught to us here, I believe.
It is Jesus who does.
On this day, too, it is Jesus who will touch.
When you fully believe that Jesus will suffice your needs, then His glory will appear.
Jesus told the woman who had been subject to bleeding, “Go in peace”.
I will take care of your financial needs, “Go in peace”.
The thoughtfulness and caring of Jesus is incredible.
While everyone is surprised that Jairus’ daughter was revived, Jesus is calm.
Jairus the father was so taken by his daughter coming back to life. But Jesus says, “give her something to eat.”
What a wonderful God.
This is the kind of God our God is.
Glory be to God.