HumanKind Week 8: “Desperate Faith”
In Luke chapter eight, Jesus closest disciples ask, “Who is this…?” (v25) They had heard his singular teaching and seen his miraculous power. They had observed an ever-growing crowd that followed their rabbi, and yet he continued to baffle them. Jesus welcomed their questions and responded with one of his own, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” This prompted Peter’s famous confession of faith at Caesarea Philippi, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” (Matt. 16:16)
Mid way through this journey of discovery, Jesus and his disciples meet two people: a diseased woman and Jairus, a synagogue leader. Neither of them are asking or answering the kinds of questions that occupy Jesus’ disciples. They have different questions and a faith born of desperation. They need Jesus’ help, and they are the focus of this week’s message.