The Final Press
By Pastor Shana Wise
Matthew 5:25-43 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. 22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
· Jesus was going around city to city teaching and healing people. The word of his ministry work spread throughout the region and many people followed him to receive something from Him. Jairus made his way to Jesus because his daughter was deathly ill. By the time he got to Jesus, he had to make his way through the crowd, and he fell at Jesus feet begging for healing for his daughter.
· I could only image what this father had to go through to get to Jesus’ feet. He had to travel to where he was at, make his way through crowds of people, and make his request. He probably had many emotions of fear, desperation, anguish, to name a few. I’m sure that watching his daughter being ill to the point of death brought him to his breaking point, especially when there was nothing, he could do to save her.
· Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you were at your breaking point? Have you ever been in a situation, and you felt powerless and helpless, even with all the faith and trust that you have in God, has your faith ever been tested like this?
25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the [affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
· Have you ever been in a seemingly hopeless situation that seemed to go on for years with no change? Or being in that situation did you try everything in your power to change it, but it still seemed like the harder you tried, the less effective it was?
· That was the women with the issue of blood. At this point in the text, like Jairus, she was at her breaking point. She had run out of options and Jesus was her only hope.
· When she finally got to Jesus’ presence, she still had to press her way through the crowd to get to him. This woman also not was only dealing with the internal issue of blood, she had to endure years of the external factor that she was considered unclean within the society. She was not even supposed to be around other people without announcing out loud that she was unclean. Even more so, she was not supposed to touch anyone because of her uncleanness. Yet, when you are at your breaking point, you find yourself doing things contrary to what is the norm or what’s expected of you.
· Like Jairus, this woman was in her “final press”, meaning, both her and him was determined that Jesus was the only way that my situation would change, and I will not let anything stop me from getting to him.
· When we get to our breaking point, but with the attitude that Jesus will fix it, we will find ourselves in the place of “final press”.
31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came, and fell before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”
· The women came forth and stated it was her that touched them hem of Jesus’ garment and Jesus responded by calling her “daughter”. When we persevere in the “final press”, we get more than we anticipated. This woman not only received her healing, but her faith touched Jesus and he responded by calling her daughter. No longer was she called or known as “unclean” she was addressed, by the King, as a daughter.
· God doesn’t want to just heal us; he wants to make us whole. Our faith will activate heaven’s healing in the physical and spiritual.
35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
· Have you ever been in the “final press” or at your breaking point and the situation seemed dead and hopeless?
· This father received the news that his daughter had died. We can only imagine the emotions he was feeling at this point.
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. 39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.”
· It is important to be able to hear the voice of Jesus in the final press because he is the only one who can bring dead things back to life. Despite the news the father received about his daughter’s death, Jesus was still speaking life to him.
· The next time you are in the final press, and you are hearing negative reports from others, remember who is standing right beside you during it. Jesus wants us to believe despite what it looks like.
40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. 43 But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it and said that something should be given her to eat.
· In verse 40, the people ridiculed the word of Christ, and look how Jesus responded, he put them out! He only allowed the father, mother, and a few disciples in the room that he was about to perform a miracle in. When we are in the final press, we need to shut out the negative people and voices surrounding us. We need to be uplifted by those who believe that God can do it for us despite what it looks like. Everyone is not meant to be a part of your breakthrough and deliverance (miracle).
· This father’s faith and perseverance in the final press for his daughter, brought her life. The next time we go through something that has us to the breaking point, ready to give up and throw in the towel, let us remember to preserve through the final press. When we do, with Jesus’ help we will come out victorious in him.
About the Author
Dr. Shana Wise is an ordained Pastor and CEO of Wise Choice Ministries (est. 2016). She is the founder of The Well Christian Women’s Network formally known as Christian Women Preachers United. Dr. Wise is the author of women’s devotional, Acts of Intercession, and The Impact of Your Election (available on Amazon). She received a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2019 from St. Thomas Christian University. Her passion is to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, equip others to apply the Word to their lives, and demonstrate the Word through the power of the Holy Spirit. She is a televangelist that appears on social media outlets and television. Shana is married to Ron Wise and is the mother of four children.
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