While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

Matthew 9 : 18-19

By this point in his ministry, Jesus has been active throughout Galilee healing people. Now known as a healer he is recognised as someone for whom even death is not a barrier. Quite naturally people turn to him when they have nowhere else left to go.

 

This could be why a Jewish Official came to him. Consider that in going to Jesus the officials colleagues would have known he had done this. The life of your daughter is worth far more than the disdain of your colleagues. It was actually a very simple choice for the official.

 

How far would you go for the people you love? God went so far as to send his son to earth to die on a cross. He watched as humanity tortured and killed him in the most gruesome way it could think of. Yet he still loves us.

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your love for us truly knows no limits. I am ashamed at how often I limit my love to those around me because I either can’t be bothered or I am thinking of myself. Help me to model your selfless love.

 

Action: Do a loving thing for someone around you without any thought of what you might get in return.

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