Reach Out In Faith

“Daughter, your faith has made you well …” Mark v, 34.

The young woman Mark describes in chapter v suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years. Her suffering was not just due to her disease. The physicians whom she sought out for a cure exploited her. Mark says that this anonymous woman “had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had.” Monetary loss was one part of the problem. Unscrupulous doctors might have molested or ridiculed her. Did any of them help her? No. Her condition got worse, and after twelve years of ‘treatment,’ she became a pauper.

Worse still, her condition kept her in a perpetual state of ceremonial impurity. Her ritual pollution was contagious. She couldn’t touch anyone or anything without contaminating them. This is why she decided to approach Jesus secretly. She did not wish to touch Jesus and thereby make him ritually unclean.  She thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.” The crowds that milled around Jesus posed a challenge but she was determined to get her miracle.

This woman of faith found her way to Jesus and she touched Jesus’ cloak. The fact that she made her way through that crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment shows her determination and her strong faith in Jesus’ ability to heal her. No wonder she was healed instantly. The press of the multitudes inconvenienced Jesus. But the woman who touched Him by faith drew miraculous ‘power’ from Him and was healed.

After receiving her miracle, she wanted a quiet exit without getting noticed by anyone. But that was not to be. When Jesus sensed that healing power had flowed out of him, he turned around and asked, “Who touched Me?” Jesus was persistent in identifying the person who had touched him. He wanted to honor that woman who tapped His amazing power through her great faith. By making the woman’s healing public, He not only wanted her strong faith to be recognized but also wished to put an end to her social isolation. The woman knew that she couldn’t slip away. She came to Jesus, ‘fearing and trembling,’ and told Him the ‘whole truth.’ Jesus’ affectionately praised her faith, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.”

Whatever be your disease or its severity, God’s healing power is available to you through Jesus Christ. If you will reach out and touch him now by faith, you will be healed. Your firm belief that Jesus is able and willing to heal you is key to your miracle. God has no favorites. What he did for others, he’ll do for you.

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