“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness. To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.” (Ps. 30: 11-12)
From The High Standards of God for End-Times Christians
The story of the man who had the legion of demons cast out can certainly be described as desperate. He lived as a naked madman amongst rocks and caves, and when the demons were cast out of him by Jesus they entered into a herd of swine that ran headlong over a cliff into the sea and drowned. This situation is so far beyond human ability to resolve in terms of counseling or psychology, that even today we must marvel at the outcome of this man sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind. This story seems commonplace for Jesus, only because it is mixed in among so many other miracles, healings, and deliverances Jesus performed.
The woman who was healed by touching the border of Jesus’ garment had an issue of blood for twelve years, and had spent all of her finances on physicians without being cured. She was desperate to the point of thinking within herself that, although she could not gain personal access to Jesus amongst all of the people who crowded around Him, if she could just reach out and touch His garment as He walked by she might be healed. In this brief but wonderful story, Jesus is the last hope for this woman.
Jairus, the ruler of a synagogue, reaches the point of desperation on account of the deadly illness of his twelve year old daughter, his only child. Jairus falls at the feet of Jesus, asking Him to come to his house and heal his daughter. The situation becomes hopeless when the house servant arrives to tell Jairus that his daughter has died. But Jairus has already committed himself to include Jesus in his personal crisis, and Jesus does not abandon the situation. Jesus has the power to resolve this impossible problem, even to the point of being able to bring a young woman back from the dead.
In every situation in the New Testament, when anyone approaches Jesus in faith with a need or a request, no matter how desperate or seemingly impossible, Jesus always succeeds. When people approached Jesus in faith, I can think of no example where Jesus was not able to heal an illness, provide for a need, or solve a problem. Only three occasions come to mind where Jesus actually failed in the New Testament. Because of people’s unbelief, Jesus was not able to perform many miracles in His hometown of Nazareth (Mark 6:5-6). Because of people’s unbelief, Jesus was not able to persuade and win over the majority of the Pharisees, scribes, and teachers of the Law, and was eventually crucified through their instigation. Because of people’s unbelief, the city of Jerusalem was not able to receive the blessings and protection that God had in mind for it and suffered instead the wrath of the Roman Empire in A.D. 70 as the Roman general Titus destroyed the city.