In Luke’s gospel (chapters 7 and 8) several individuals have encounters with Jesus. They are all very different in one sense- a ‘notorious’ woman from the city; an isolated demon haunted man; an important civic and religious figure; and a woman seeking healing and restoration. While they were seemingly a diverse group, in reality they all had reached the same conclusion- here was someone who could meet their needs.
They would stop at nothing to get to Jesus. The first woman spent a fortune on oil; she somehow gets into a Pharisee’s house; and facing scorn and possible humiliation makes her way to Jesus. The demon possessed man overcomes his isolation and fear and wants nothing more than to follow the one who set him free. Jairus must have risked his repuation by even approaching Jesus as many leaders were already turned against the Messiah. The woman with the flow of blood pressed in to touch the hem of his garments. This was born of many years of ill health and frustration.
Jesus commended them and recognised their faith. He even said that the woman who anointed him would be known to the generations!
So all came in faith, believing that they would receive from Jesus. But this faith was allied to a great humility. It is very notable that in fact, every one of them in some way prostrated themselves before Jesus.
and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. (Luke 7:38 ESV)
And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, (Luke 8:41 ESV)
And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. (
Luke 8:47 ESV)
This was in the face of judgement from pharisees, scorn from crowds, unbelief from onlookers. Ultimately, these four were more concerned with getting close to God than worrying about what anyone else thought.
No matter who we are or where we come from, we need to humbly acknowledge that He is the one who is Lord over our lives and not we ourselves. Sometimes we need to fall down before him.