What does your average day look like? Do you wake up early with a morning routine to look forward to? Or do you get up late and rush to ready yourself for the day that lies ahead? Whatever your day looks like, I can assume that the average person does not enjoy being interrupted. We all have important things to do and sometimes life moves way too fast for us. If you have a job, a family, or both, then you know it can be difficult to have time for yourself. However, the Lord gives us Jesus as an example. This post will go over 10 different times Jesus was interrupted and how He responded to it.
All scriptures come from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
By A Centurion
“Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.”
– Matthew 8:5-13
Jesus had just entered the town of Capernaum and he was interrupted by a centurion (a Roman army man). Although He was interrupted, He was willing to go to this man’s house to heal his servant. However, the man told Him it wasn’t necessary. He believed that Jesus could just speak it to be done and it will be. He was right and Jesus marveled at his faith.
By Peter’s Mother-In-Law
“Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them.”
– Matthew 8:14-15
Immediately after, Jesus goes to Peter’s house. He notices that his mother-in-law is sick with a fever. He goes out of His way to heal her without being asked. Then, she gets up to serve them.
By The Disciples
“Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?””
– Matthew 23:27
In this next scene, Jesus and His disciples are in a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is fast asleep. There was a great storm and the waves were crashing against the boat. I can only imagine that given the atmosphere, Jesus must have been very tired in order to sleep through a storm of that magnitude.
They woke up Jesus because they were very afraid. He condemned them for having little faith and calmed the storm.
By Two Demon-Possessed Men
“When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”
Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.”
And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.
Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.”
– Matthew 8:28-34
As soon as they finished their journey across the Sea of Galilee, He gets interrupted again. This time by two demon-possessed men. When they saw Jesus, they cried out and begged Him to not torment them. They begged to be cast into the pigs and He agreed. Afterward, the pigs ran down a hill and drowned themselves.
By A Paralyzed Man
“So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.
Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.”
– Matthew 9:1-8
A little later, Jesus crosses back over the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. When He got there, people brought a paralyzed man to Him. Jesus takes the time to speak to Him, condemn the scribes, and heal the man.
For more on demon possession, read: Can A Person Be Demon-Possessed?
By Jairus & The Woman With Blood
“While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.
And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went out into all that land.”
– Matthew 9:18-26
These scriptures are interesting. Not only does Jesus get interrupted during a sermon, but He gets interrupted while He’s already being interrupted.
Jesus was teaching His disciples when Jairus, a synagogue leader, approached Him with some alarming news. His daughter had died! However, he believed Jesus could restore her health by laying His hands on her. In the middle of His teaching, Jesus and His disciples got up to follow him to his house. On His way there, a lady who was desperate for healing reached out and touched Jesus’ garment. Jesus felt that power had gone out from Him so He turned to the woman and encouraged her.
This story is also told in Luke 8:43-47 and Mark 5:25-34. The above piece of scripture is the shortest account of this story. Yet, when you Mark’s account of the story, it says, “But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.” (Mark 5:33 emphasis added)
Mark also says this about the woman, “Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.”
How does Mark know these things about this woman? Well, we can assume that she told them. This means that while Jairus’ daughter was dead, he was forced to listen to this lady’s story. Jesus could’ve said, “There’s a little girl who needs me right now”, but He didn’t. He listened to her whole story and encouraged her at the end of it.
Then, He went on to heal the girl who had died.
Two Blind Men
“When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.” But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.”
– Matthew 9:37-30
After leaving that house, two blind men cried out to Him for mercy. He healed them and asked for them to keep it a secret.
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called.
Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”
And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
– Mark 10:46-52
As Jesus was leaving Jericho, a blind beggar called out to Him. In my mind, I imagine many people in today’s world would’ve kept walking and acted like they didn’t hear him. But Jesus didn’t do that. He stopped and gave him attention. After listening to his request, He healed his eyesight.
“Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.”
– Matthew 19:13-15
Jesus was in the middle of sharing a lesson when children were brought to Him. He stopped what He was doing to pray for the children.
Jesus was interrupted many times throughout His ministry. Whenever there was a person with faith who sincerely needed His help, He helped them. He never complained about being interrupted so many times. Instead, He encouraged the people He helped and rebuked those who had something negative to say about His service.
While many of us live in a fast-paced world, it would greatly benefit us to slow down and pay attention to those around us who need help. It’s far too easy to get wrapped up in our own world and ignore those around us. Make a conscious effort to look for opportunities to help others. Strive to be known as someone who’s willing to be interrupted for the benefit of God’s Kingdom.
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