My sermon from today in now online. It was titled, “WDJDWI”. Or for those who were good enough to guess, “What did Jesus do when interrupted!”
In this message we looked at two main passages. The woman who had been bleeding for 12 years and how she touched Jesus’ cloak and was healed (Mark 5:21-34). This interrupted Jesus on His was to heal the synagogue leaders daughter who was dying.
The second passage was from Matthew 14:13-22. In this passage Jesus had gone to the other side of the lake by boat to take some time to mourn the death of John the Baptist (Jesus’ cousin). The crowds found Jesus and interrupted His mourning. Jesus then healed the sick and fed 5000 plus people in an amazing miracle.
When we go through the gospels, we see that Jesus never discarded any of the interruptions that came along His way. He always made the best use of those interruptions. In fact, some of the greatest miracles that Jesus had performed were through interruptions He had while doing something else!
Today we looked at two examples of Jesus being interrupted and how He responded. There are many more…
- When speaking to a crowd in Luke 5:17-19, Jesus healed a lame man brought to Him in the middle of His message.
- When asleep in the boat in Luke 8:22-24, a storm threatens, and He calms the storm and calms the terrified disciples.
- When travelling to Jericho in Mark 10:46-52, Jesus healed a blind man who cried out to Him from the edge of the road.
- When talking with his disciples in Luke 12:11-21, someone comes to ask about an inheritance and He tells the parable of the rich fool.
- When praying in a solitary place in Mark 1:35-39, the disciples find Him.
- When celebrating at the wedding in Cana in John 2:1-12, he was celebrating a wedding and He had to turn warn in to wine.
Never once is Jesus ‘thrown’ by these interruptions. He doesn’t even lose His temper. But He uses each occasion as a golden opportunity for some priceless teaching or wonderful miracle.
For us today as Christians, God sends certain interruptions into our lives to catch our attention. He knows that we have schedules to keep and work to do, but He wants us to look to Him. He wants our attention on things that are more important to Him at that present moment. Let’s pray and ask Him for the wisdom to discern what He may be trying to say through interruptions.
We never know how a listening ear, a helping hand, or a kind encouraging word can do in someone’s life. Maybe if we take the time to stop, God may perform and amazing miracle through us.