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when we’re fully KNOWN, we can be fully LOVED

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Read Psalm 139:1-5

Two people, surprised in their own situation and surprised by the focused attention Jesus gave that day. One was a leader in the synagogue, most likely seeing Jesus and his followers as rabble, not worthy of his time. The other was a woman who su ered from a bleeding disorder for 12 years, an outcast of her culture, and had spent all her money on doctors. Each came to Jesus while the crowds pressed in on him – hoping to be seen by the One and Only.

Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet, along with many others, begging for Jesus to heal his only daughter. Jesus knew this man and his impression of Jesus. And Jesus, even with all these people jostling around him, took notice of the one man kneeling among the many. Despite this, he began to follow him back to his home. Despite all Jairus’ thoughts and feelings about Jesus, Jairus walked with Jesus. Together they were on their way home – to find the healing one family desperately needed. In that moment, Jairus was known and loved.

The woman reached out to touch the fringe of Jesus’ garment. Despite the unknown result, the woman trusts in Jesus’ su ciency to heal her. Despite the bumping of the crowd, Jesus knew someone touched him with such faith they were healed. Jesus says, ‘who touched me.’ Looking right at the woman, Jesus recognized her – her condition, her faith, and her desperation. In that moment, this woman was known and loved.

These two individuals were loved, and we are loved, too. We’re loved personally and wholly. God loved us enough to send Jesus. And, just as Jesus knew these two in the middle of a large crowd pushing in on him, he knows us. In Psalms 139:1-5, we find a clear view into the deep love God has for us, demonstrated by the depth of his knowing us. Just like Jairus and the woman, we too, are picked out from a crowd. We too, are fully known and fully loved.

Reflection and Response

What qualites, habits, or regrets do you have that make you feel unloved or unworthy? Take all of yourself to Jesus today and let him tell you who you really are. Make a list of the character traits God has placed within you and the things he loves about you.

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By Rich Obrecht 

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