While these things he was speaking unto them lo! a certain ruler came、 and began bowing down to him, saying,— My daughter just now died! But come、 and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.” (Matthew 9:18, EMPH)

Frederick Meyer comments about this verse: “No grief appeals to Christ in vain.”

He is, of course, absolutely correct.  We never see Christ turn down someone for healing in the gospels.  Even when he resists someone [as the Syro-phoenician woman] it is for the purpose of testing her faith and he does heal the woman’s daughter.

What we do see is case after case in which Jesus heals or raises from the dead, sometimes he is present when he heals, sometimes he is not present and the healing is done from afar; presence or distance defers to Jesus and the power of his word.

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