Some days I feel like I’m down for the count. I’m worn, fatigued, achy, and emotionally drained. Some days it feels like I can’t take one more attack from the world…not one more problem heaped upon my already burdened shoulders. I’m hurt or even buried under the stressors of caring for aging parents, a teenage son, and my overworked husband, with this body fighting continual pain, it’s those days when I just can’t seem to get over feeling down. You know what I mean? It’s those days I feel like simply crawling back in bed, pulling the covers over my head, and hibernating until the rapture. Then, the Holy Spirit tugs at my soul…arise.
It is in Mark 5 that we see Jesus performing many miracles. He cast demons from pigs, he heals a woman who simply touches the hem of his garment. Can you imagine the power that Jesus possess? Just to simply touching his garment healed her. Jesus radiates amazing power! Even more, He is fully aware of his power. In Mark 5:30, Jesus knew that power had left his body when His hem was touched. He…”turned around in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched My clothes?'” He literally felt the power leave His body. Not only that, but Jesus posses amazing compassion. When He wanted to find the woman who had touched his garment, He had concern for her. The woman was filled with fear and trembling. Wouldn’t you be? I mean first I touched Jesus’s hem, and now He is looking for me. Girl…talk about a reason to shake! She fell down at the feet of Jesus, and immediately confessed it had been she who touched His hem. Then, in the overwhelming generosity of Jesus, He looked at her and said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” (Mark 5:34).
Can you begin to image that? Here you are in a crowd. You know that your only hope at being healed from a terrible illness is seeing Jesus. If only you can get a glimpse of Him. You know the power that He possesses. You struggle, reaching out to touch Him. You graze the hem of His very garment, and He not only acknowledges you…He heals you and wishes you well! He tells this woman to go. He’s telling this sweet sister that because she has faith in Him, and she did all that she did to reach Him, she need not fear. Not only does Jesus wish her peace, but He heals her! Y’all you have to know that when that sister got up from that place, everyone within her reach was going to hear the story of Jesus. That sister was to move! We are talking arise and run! Arise and shout! Arise and hallelujah!
How many times in my life have I failed to acknowledge the miracles Jesus has performed? How many times have I truly, faithfully, reached out for even a small glimpse of Jesus? Have I desperately sought Him with all of my being when I’ve needed a miracle? I’m afraid not. I should truly hang my head now. I mean, Jesus has blessed me beyond measure. He has performed miracle after amazing miracle in my life. So, why am I not shouting it from the rooftops? Why aren’t you? Have we not reached the place of absolute desperation? Have we not committed complete and total faith in the power of Jesus to heal our circumstances? I’m afraid to admit, I think it’s exactly that my sister. I get so wrapped up in my circumstances, and trying to fix my problem myself, when I need to be wrapped up in seeking Jesus. I need to be so committed to seeing Him…even a glimpse of Him, that I stop trying to fix it myself and have faith in His amazing power. Don’t you?
Even greater is the power of Jesus than just healing. He raised people from the dead y’all! I’m talking folks who had been dead and gone. Folks who were beginning to become rather odoriferous…our friend Lazarus. His friends and family were fearful that the smell would knock Jesus over. Lazarus has been dead for days. That was no match for the power of Jesus! He raised him from the dead…whole…fresh! Now that’s some power! In Mark 5:41, Jesus raised a young girl from the dead. He walked into the home, looked at the parents and basically said, stop your blubbering. The girl is only sleeping. Here the family is, certain this child is dead, and Jesus says, she’s just sleeping. Stop stressing, I’ve got this is essentially what Jesus is saying. How many times does He say that to us? Then, He goes to “…where the child was lying. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her…Little girl, I say to you arise.” And she did!!! That child got up! Death could not hold her because the power of Jesus is greater than death!
How many times has Jesus told me to arise? I’m not talking raising me from the dead arising. Although, who really knows how many times Jesus may have raised me from a slumber that in any other circumstance other than one He controlled, would have been death. Instead, Jesus says to me arise! Get off your whiny, pitiful, self pitying tookus and do something to recognize my power! Arise is more than just stand up sister. Arise is get up! Do something! I look at arise in a whole new light my sisters. I look at it as a command straight from Jesus. He said, Get up! Don’t lay there whining and complaining, find a way to recognize my power. Life the life that I have given you, and live it for me. Y’all, I don’t have to struggle to reach the hem of His garment, Jesus is walking right beside me every moment of every day. All I need to do is arise, and walk beside him. If I can live in that very reality every moment of every day, can you imagine how much greater life will be? Simply…arise!