Compassion of the King | Matthew 9:18-34 (Mville)
Topic: New Testament Passage: Matthew 9:18–9:34
Good Morning! We are continuing to preach through the book of Matthew, the gospel account
of Jesus as the Savoir-King of God’s people. We are in Part 2 (Chapters 8-13) the Mission of
the King. Jesus wasn’t merely a good teacher he is a great savior and king. This means his
ministry doesn’t solely consist of words, but words that lead to actions. We see the pattern
throughout Matthew of Jesus proclaiming the values of the kingdom then displaying his authority
as king. The last several weeks we have been looking at Jesus’ actions after preached his
sermon on the Kingdom of God. He has been showing clearly and dramatically His God-Savior- King credentials fulfilling the prophesy of Isaiah 53 as the suffering servant that heals God’s
people. He calmed a storm when he and his disciples were on a boat going from one mission
to another, He’s healed two demon possessed guys, a paralytic, and very miraculously healed
the heart of a reprobate tax-collector named Matthew who became one of Jesus’ disciples and
wrote this account of the Gospel. Jesus is clear, he is the King. He is also the great physician,
who has come not to heal those who are well but to heal the sick and call sinners to repentance,
turning from sin to God. In these verses we see three more episodes of Jesus miraculous
healing, 6 people healed total. These accounts are grouped together and significant to teach us
the exceeding depth of both the King’s compassion for his people and the faith Jesus people
have in his willingness and ability to use his power to act out his compassion.
18While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him,
saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19And
Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples.20And behold, a woman who had suffered
from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his
turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And
instantly the woman was made well.23And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the
flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead
but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. 25But when the crowd had been put outside, he went
in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26And the report of this went through all that
for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” 22 Jesus
27And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy
on us, Son of David.”28When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said
to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29Then he
touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” 30And their eyes were
opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” 31But they went
away and spread his fame through all that district.
32As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to
him. 33And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled,
saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” 34But the Pharisees said, “He casts out
demons by the prince of demons.”
The point of these three accounts is to emphasize the importance of faith and specifically the
object of faith. There are miracles yes, but faith takes center stage. We need to distinguish
what faith we are talking about. When the world talks about faith it is talking about something
as generic and universal as it is powerless. Faith in yourself, faith in the goodness of humanity,
faith in karma, etc. We use empty phrases like, we’re sending good thoughts your way, we talk
about people of faith and communities of faith. Everyone is a person of faith, everyone has put
their faith and hope into something. Sometimes a big group of people put their faith into one
thing, then it’s a community of faith. Chicago Cubs fans are a community of faith. These are all
ultimately worthless in their pursuit and powerless to effect lasting change to actually realize the
hope for something better we have placed our faith in. The amount of your faith in something is
absolutely meaningless it is the object of your faith that matters. When the bible or Christians
talk about the power of faith we are talking about the effect of exclusive faith in Jesus that God
gives as a gift. We see in these verses faith in Jesus saves from death, restores abundant life,
opens eyes to see, breaks the chains of spiritual bondage, and gives voices to speak to the
fame and glory of who he is.
v18-19 Compassion to - Faith of a Father
A ruler, who we know from other accounts (Mark 5 and Luke 8) is named Jairus and is a ruler
in the synagogue, comes to Jesus grief stricken at the death of his 12 year old daughter. Ruler
would have been a significant person in the social and religious life of the synagogue. He would
have been one of the stewards of the building, chose who would be leading their services,
and picked the scripture readings and other important duties. It is clear that her condition is
completely hopeless at this point. For him to reach out to Jesus who the Pharisees and Scribes
have already expressed their displeasure with shows just how desperate he is. He is willing to
risk his social standing with in the only community he has ever know to reach out to Jesus even
bowing before him as LORD on behalf of his only daughter. His desperation has lead him risk all
he knows because he has faith Jesus can heal his daughter even though she had just died.
It’s Father’s Day today so it’s worth noting, Jairus comes to Jesus on behalf of the life of his
child. That is a good dad! What are your goals and desires for you children? (examples) What
is more basic than life? God is the source of all life so if they are living apart from a relationship
with God they are as dead spiritual as Jarius daughter is physically. Jairus faith is regardless
of how hopeless the life of his daughter seems, if his child is simply touched by Jesus they will
live. Faith in Jesus saving power leads us to pursue Jesus for others. Parents are you pursing Jesus on
behalf of your children? Are you showing them your only faith and hope for their life is in Jesus?
or are your actions showing them your faith in other things?
Jesus responds to Jairus and gets up with urgency, he is eager to show compassion to this man
and his daughter. There is a fundamental truth on display here that I don’t think we recognize
easily. Jesus loves your children more than you do or can. His love is more powerful than yours. His
love and compassion for your kids has the power to heal, the power to save, and the power to
Crowds begin to follow to see the spectacle “we heard this guy has calmed a storm, and healed
others, but can he raise someone from the dead?” The crowds desire is to be near something
amazing but not necessarily worship Jesus and trust Jesus the way Jairus does. They begin to
gather around Jesus closely.
V 20-22 Compassion to - Faith of the Long Suffering
Jesus is on mission on the way to mission. Jairus and certainly the disciples (Luke’s account)
had to be a little anxious or even annoyed by the interruption Jesus is about to experience.
Jesus has a big miracle to preform, there is a very important man’s daughter who has died
and they are preparing to bury, he can’t be bothered with anything else, this is urgent. This is
when Jesus clothes are touched by a woman who has be long suffering with a blood discharge
condition. Her condition apparently was not life threatening but the quality and condition of her
life was greatly diminished by it. It was physically debilitating.
Perhaps the most painful part of her condition is, like the leper Jesus heals at the beginning
of chapter eight, this women’s discharge makes her both ceremonially unclean an unfit for
marriage. There is a great contrast between the last 12 years for this woman and for Jairus.
While Jairus has been raising his only daughter and enjoying a life of status and responsibility
in his community, this women has been cut off from all religious and societal benefits with no
husband, no children. She can’t go on but has faith Jesus is powerful to heal her by only simply
touching his outer robe. In the chaos of the growing crowd she makes her way to Jesus and
grasps his clothes hoping her touch would not be noticed.
What she did was both bold and fearful. She didn’t want anyone to know she had touched Jesus
because then Jesus would have been made “unclean”. That is why she only wants to touch
his clothes. After a dozen years of being marginalized in her society she wants to keep a low
profile. She is desperate, she has spent all she has had with a variety of doctors and treatments
and she has not gotten any better she has only gotten worse. Deep healing faith in Jesus is
birthed out desperation. This desperation comes from realizing everything else you’ve pursued
has been ineffective for healing. This faith leads to an expectation Jesus has the ability and
willingness to heal. What have you pursued or spent in efforts to heal yourself?
The woman hoped to remain anonymous. But Jesus knows his power is at work. Jesus
publically asks who touched him? She came with fear and trembling. How is this going to go
down? Jesus tells her in front of everyone “Take Heart, Daughter, your faith has made you
well.” Jesus encourages her. This is a women who has not been encouraged for quite some
time. Jesus calling her out publically also shows the community she has been healed, no longer
unclean, and can participate in the community once again. Only women Jesus calls daughter.
Jesus is telling her “God the Father cares about you and is compassionate.” Jesus is also telling
Jairus, “I care about this women the same way you care about your daughter.” It is not the
amount of her faith that has healed her, it is the object of it. Jesus has compassion for those in
grief and tragedy who have had comfortable lives AND he has compassion for the long suffering
desiring to give them a better life. Faith in Jesus turns trembling into triumph. There is real life
and joy when your faith is in Jesus. Not an easily life or one without any suffering, but a joyful
John 10:9-10 9
and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have
life and have it abundantly. Faith in Jesus compassion and power leads us to pursue Jesus for
our own healing.
V23-26 Mourning to Marveling
Jesus arrives at Jairus’s house to a home in full mourning. At that time even the poorest were
required to hire at least 2 flute players and person just to wail. Grief was a corporate activity and
no one was to grieve alone. It was a demonstrative activity with constant wailing. Jairus was
an important guy in the community, so there were several professional mourners in his home
along with many from the community. It was noisy. Jesus wants the mourners gone, because
he knows what he is about to do, this girl will be alive today. In a home full of mourners, Jesus
is laughed at. Unlike Jairus, or the women with the discharge, these people do not have faith in
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out
Jesus, they do not worship him, they do not trust him, so they mock him. We have assessed the
situation, there is nothing we can do about it and if we can’t fix the situation it is unfixable. It’s
over, we know better than you Jesus. But Jesus is not dissuaded, he came to save and he is
going to save regardless of what the crowd things of Him. Crowds and people don’t decide the
circumstances. Jesus does. (Pastor Hank in Honduras, “it’s not your circumstances that matter,
it’s your God that matters.) What have you decided Jesus is incapable of doing? What people or what
situations have you already written off because they are beyond your ability to fix or change?
Jesus says “the girl is not dead but asleep.” Let’s be clear where the Bible is clear, this girl was
dead. Jesus doesn’t leave his ministry to come to a guy’s house (no matter how important)
to wake their tween up from a nap. Jesus is here to save. Something truly amazing and
supernatural is about to happen and Jesus doesn’t want this to be a big spectacle where
people who don’t him Jesus are part of this miracle. Jesus wants the place cleared out.
Those who don’t have faith in Jesus to heal and save are separated and removed from the
house Jesus is in. This is about this girl and the faith of her family, not a big show. He is also
showing compassion for the daughter, she may have been a little worked up coming back to
life and finding an overwhelming group of people wailing in her home. With only the faithful
present Jesus takes her dead hand and speaks “Little girl, I say to you arise.” (Mark 5:41) and
immediately she gets up and starts walking around. Jesus even tells them to give her something
to eat, he is compassionate even about details. Because of the hand and word of Jesus, a
faithful father who was in mourning is now marveling at the saving life-giving work of Jesus in
the life of his child. Faith in Jesus brings life where there was only death. And it says a report
went out.... Well of course it did. This is a miracle! Because a faithful father pursued Jesus on
behalf of his dead child where things were once hopeless there is now life.
V 27-31Compassion to - Faith of the Blind
As the reports of Jesus healing go out more who are desperate place their faith in Jesus and
begin to follow and pursue him. Two blind men follow Jesus and beg him for Mercy. Have
mercy on us is not in the sense of mercy from judgment but rather asking Jesus to take pity on
their condition. Simply, Jesus be compassionate. We believe you are the “Son of David”, you
are the Messiah who will restore the kingdom to a state of glory, start with giving us our sight
back. We cannot see but we have heard of amazing things you have done. Even though we
haven’t seen them with our own eyes we believe, this is faith. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the
assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
These men could never have seen the amazing works of Jesus, they could have only heard
about them. But their faith in Jesus lead them to a conviction that if he can calm storms, cast out
demons and bring a girl back from the dead he can surely do something as simple as give them
vision. They believed if they are going to have vision restored it could only come from the one
source that all vision come from in the first place, the Creator God. Jesus is God, and if Jesus
can do big things, I can trust him for something less. Their faith in Jesus power and compassion,
who he is and what he is able to do, was rewarded by Jesus.
The face of Jesus may have been the first thing they had ever seen, at least Jesus was the
first vision they have had in quite sometime. They had faith in Jesus, but apparently didn’t have
great obedience of Jesus. This is not a goal. But they cannot contain what Jesus compassion
has done for them. They spread the fame of Jesus to everyone the come in contact with!! Faith
in Jesus leads to seeing the world with new eyes, and sharing with the world what Jesus does.
They go from being blind unable to see the works of Jesus; to broadcasting the amazing work
he has done in their lives. If Jesus has saved you, healed you, given you life, restored you, has
he sternly warned you not tell anyone about it? If not, then start spreading his fame.
V32-34 Compassion to the Faithless - Faith of Friends
Jesus compassion extends far beyond those who have previously demonstrated their faith in
him. Because of our own sin or spiritual forces there are barriers to people coming on their own
to Jesus. Not everyone who is hurting is seeking Jesus for healing, not everyone oppressed
is seeking Jesus for freedom, not everyone who is debilitated is seeking Jesus for restoration.
Spiritual conditions can sometimes have physical implications. In this last healing this guy is
spiritually possessed, mute, possibly deaf. He is not seeking Jesus, he does not have faith in
Jesus, in fact he is spiritually hostile to Jesus and his kingdom.
Yet, he is brought to Jesus. He has either friends or family who are keenly aware of his spiritual
condition who not only have compassion for him but have faith that if they bring him to Jesus
he can and will be saved and restored by him. Jesus saves despite this man’s complete lack of
faith. This time a crowd is watching, some marvel at Jesus saving work while some still remain
hostile. They can’t believe a good God would heal an evil man.
Somehow, you are here today. Someone brought you here or you were led to be here. If by a
friend or by a parent they have a hope and an expectation for what Jesus can do in our life. You
may have no faith in Jesus yourself, have been indifferent or even hostile to him. Despite your
lack of faith Jesus still shows his character and his ultimate compassion for those who do not
perfectly love him, worship him, or trust him, by the cross.
Col 1:19-23 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to
reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of
his cross. 21And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has
now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless
and above reproach before him, 23
not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all
creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Romans 5:6-10 6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For
one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare
even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for
us. 9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved
by him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the
death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
The king is compassionate, have faith in Him. Trust Jesus!
if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast,
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