The personal touch

11 08 2011

I’m interested in how Jesus moves people on after they have spent time with him.  He seems to be able to encourage them in a way that is special to each one.

The man in the Pig Puzzle begs to follow Jesus, follow him in close physical proximity back to his home.  (“Beg” shows us that he really meant it.) And Jesus’ response – “No, go back to your family and tell them all the wonderful things God has done for you.”  I think I would have been tempted to sneak along anyway, but the man does what Jesus says and goes back to his home telling of his experience as he goes.

The woman who had been ill for twelve years is given a gentle dismissal, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”  No demands, no expectations, but I guess a ready follower whose life has been transformed.  She’ll be grateful for ever.

Jairus and his wife, the parents of the little girl in the Twelve Puzzle, are overwhelmed by the emotion of the day, and Jesus insists that, “they not tell anyone what has happened.”

I accept that there may be other reasons why Jesus says what he says to these people, but I do like the idea that he is treating them each as they need to be treated at the time, with a personal touch, that enriches and grows their faith.

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