“And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.”
– Luke 8:41-48
We’re living in a society or time where it seems that respect has been put down or almost done away with. More accurately, it appears that respect is only given as a result of it being received first. We as a people have traded in good morals for simply good vibes or good moods. We have distanced ourselves away from the traditional courtesies of life and taken up the mindset that I’m not doing, giving, or even saying nothing unless it is first received by me. Simple things like saying “I’m sorry” gives people pause now. It’s like no one wants to admit being wrong, because that opens up the way for correction. Lord knows that we as a people do not like being corrected, because we feel like you are belittling us or treating us like we are your child. Another simple thing that we struggle with is saying “Thank You.” Why? It gives the impression that we may be weak or in need, which in turn makes us vulnerable to life or others. The one that is almost extinct now is “Excuse Me.” Now, I know that this is old-fashioned or old-school, but there used to be a time when excuse me was one of the first signs of respect displayed. You had to use it as a child when you walked into a room full of adults talking. You had to use it when getting ready to interrupt someone’s conversation. If you were really proper or respectful, you had to use it in order to leave the dinner table before others. It was also used when passing others or simply maneuvering your way through a crowd. Now, it’s like the mindset is when you see us coming, that should alert you to move, stop talking, step aside, or make room for us. We don’t even say it when we step on someone’s toe or accidentally bump someone. We give a look as if your toe or you shouldn’t have been there in the first place, but I digress for now.
In our text, we see a lady who had been sick with the same issue for twelve long years. This sickness was not just any sickness, rather it was one that could’ve been fatal. She had an issue of none-stop, constant, and ever-flowing blood loss. For twelve years she battled that sickness. However, she didn’t battle it secretly. It was a public sickness, and it caused her to be shamed in front of her peers. People that probably used to be her friends, her colleagues, her relatives, etc. Nevertheless, she encountered a sickness that would change or alter the entire course of her life. She had even been to doctor after doctor, clinic after clinic, and hospital after hospital and nothing seemed to help. In fact, she got worse. So, not only was she shamed and considered an outcast amongst society, but she was also helpless when it came to medical assistance. Somehow, this lady heard about Jesus, and she said I must get to him for he can surely heal me. However, when she went out to meet him she encountered a crowd of people trying to get to him. However, she didn’t let that stop her. She pressed through the crowd and got close enough to touch the hem of his garments. Watch this. How was it done (her pressing trough)? I want to suggest all the while she was pressing, she was constantly saying “Excuse Me.”
Let me explain how I came to this conclusion. To press means to exert physical force as a means of moving through a crowd. Anybody living now knows that there aren’t too many people that will just allow you to press your way through them in order to get through. No ma’am and no sir! You have to wait your turn like everybody else. However, she was able to do it. How? I believe she said “Excuse Me.” Why? Excuse me let’s people know or gets people attention to the fact that you are trying to move about, because you are on a mission that does not have anything to do with them. Add in the fact that she was an outcast and looked down upon, the people probably frowned and gladly moved out of her way. Either way, she was able to get through the crowd. Watch this. The text said Jesus was already in route, on a mission to heal Jairus’s daughter who had fallen ill. So in addition to saying excuse me to the people, she also had to say excuse me to both Jairus and Jesus. Why? Jairus, I need to briefly cause a small delay in your receiving, and Jesus I need to briefly interrupt your mission. However, I’m not going to be rude and demand it of you, I’m simply going to be respectful and say “Excuse Me.” I know you need something from him Jairus, but allow me but a short minute, “Excuse Me.” I know your busy Lord, but whatever you’re doing in this season please don’t do it without me, “Excuse Me.” What are you saying Kean? Excuse me goes a long way and only takes a little effort to speak it. Somebody say, I need more examples of this to totally convince me. Got you!
Go with me for a moment to Luke 18:35-42: “And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.” Right here is when I believe he said, Excuse Me. “And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace.” He paid them no mind, and I believe he said “Excuse Me” again and cried out to him once more. What happened next? “And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.” This man was blind, which meant that he could not see. All he could do was hear a sound. What sound? The sound of people singing praises and screaming out to Jesus.
In the midst of all this, he decided to add his voice in with theirs in order to get Jesus’ attention. The ones who seemed well put together tried to silence him, but it didn’t work. He said, “Excuse me. JESUS!” They said we don’t do that kind of stuff. He said, “Excuse me. JESUS!” They said that it doesn’t take all that. He said, “Excuse me. JESUS!” They said that you look foolish. He said, “That May be, but Excuse Me. JESUS!” They said we need him also. He said, “I understand, but Excuse Me. JESUS!” What am I saying? What they said had nothing to do with what he needed from God. As a matter of fact, their need or want didn’t bother him either. I’m here to tell you, you can’t let others and what they say about you or your acts of faith cause you to become silenced. You have to get radical about your breakthrough, about your blessing, about your miracle, and about your manifestation and come boldly before the throne of grace. Basically, in spite of who needs what and who says what you have to make up in your mind that I’ve got to go for myself and nobody else. You’ve got to be willing to pause for a moment and say, “Excuse Me, JESUS!”
Now wait, allow me to back up a minute. The crowd was already screaming and praising, how was Jesus able to single out this man from the others. This lets me know something that nots exactly visible to the natural eye. The crowd pressed him for they wanted something also. However, there is no mention of them having received it. Are y’all ready? I don’t know if y’all can handle this. Can I give y’all the first shout cue? The crowd was simply making a noise which in turn was them pulling on a sign of Jesus, but the blind man made a joyful noise which in turn pulled on the Spirit of the Christ. You missed it! In other words, they wanted the sign of Jesus, but the blind man wanted to experience and know the Spirit of the Christ. How do I know this? The man shouted “Jesus, thou son of David.” He had something deposited in him that caused him to pull on the lineage of Jesus and position himself spiritually to receive from the Christ. I know what you’re thinking: how did he got that out of that? Don’t worry I’ll explain it to you.
The phrase “son of David” is not to be taken lightly. You see, David was given a promise from God that his offspring would reign over the kingdom of Israel forever. Solomon couldn’t do it and neither could his sons. However, to bring this into perspective, we now see have to look at the conception of Jesus in Luke 1:31-33: “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Can I give you another shout cue? So, as you can see the title “son of David” was more than a phrase, rather it was acknowledgement. You missed it! It was acknowledgement that there is “Power” in the name of this son. There is “Deliverance” in the name of this son. There is “Liberty, Healing, Joy, Peace, and Salvation” in the name of this son. So, when the blind man said, “Jesus, thou son of David,” they thought he was calling on the person, but he was in fact calling, pulling, and drawing nearer to the deity or Spirit of the person. That’s why Jesus asked his disciples who they say that he is. He was trying to demonstrate to them that it is one thing to know him through the fellowship of his stuff, but it is a completely different thing to know him through the fellowship of his spirit. That’s also why he told them to tell no one of this new found knowledge. Why? It cannot be taught, preached, or learned. Instead, it must be revealed and revelation only comes through drawing closer to Spirit of the Man, rather the Stuff of the Man and adding in “Excuse Me!”
Can I close this thing out? I think I can. Somebody said, wait I need another example. Don’t worry, I’ll give it to you along the way. Jesus on the cross getting ready to receive his crown of glory, and one of the thieves interrupts him and tries to call him out. The thief said if you are who you say you are, then save yourself and us. I believe this is when the smarter or wiser thief gave his first “Excuse Me.” However, I believe he was saying Lord, “Excuse” that nut over there for he know not the thing that is about to transpire. However, since I have your ear for but a moment and before you make your final chess move, “Excuse Me.” I know you’re on your way to glory, but “Excuse Me.” I know that you’re tired and distressed right now, but “Excuse Me.” I know that they beat you, bruised you, broke you, and busted you, but “Excuse Me.” I know that you feel betrayed and ousted right now, but “Excuse Me.” I know that they don’t believe you are who you said you are, but I do so please “Excuse Me.” I see the skies darkening, and I sense that the time is come, and I know that you are getting ready to transition, but I only need one minute of your time so “Excuse Me.” If you don’t mind, I only ask that you remember me, when you get to your kingdom and take your rightful seat on the throne. I’m not asking to be saved from this cross, because I know there is a far greater thing at work here. Instead, I’m asking to be saved from the second death, the death of my soul being subjected to eternal damnation in hell. So, my last plea is that you would please begin to say, “Excuse Me.”
There is somebody reading this article right now who needs to tell The Lord, “Excuse Me.” If you know like I know and feel what I feel, then this is your time to go to him for yourself and make known your request with all prayer and supplication. Get out of your comfort zone, and get over the image that you have made for yourself. Stop worrying about what others have to say about you, and go before the Lord and simply say, “Excuse Me.” Be blessed and Stay encouraged!