“…I will be healed.” That is what the bleeding woman said to herself when following Jesus in a large crowd of people. And, that is exactly what happened. She touched him and he immediately felt power leave his body. That is when he stopped in the crowd and asked, Who touched my clothes? Mark 5:30 (NIV)
That took some guts, right? Here she is, an unclean woman with a bleeding disease in a large crowd of people, she knows Jesus has been performing miracles and isn’t following him in order to see the next one. He was on his way to raise a dead girl to life. No, she knew who he was, and all she wanted was to get her hands on his clothes for just a second. She, being unclean, was under strict laws about who she could have contact with. She had a plan, to follow him closely in the crowd, and when the opportunity presented itself she would reach out and touch his robe, believing in her heart she would be healed. I can almost visualize her reaching, for just a simple touch of his robe, that was all she needed, because in her heart she knew, he was who he said he was. This was a very large crowd of people, there were people all around bumping into him, brushing up against him, but when she touched him, it was different.
Later in the passage we find out that she was scared when he asked who touched him, the passage says that she was trembling, and fell at his feet. After she confessed to Jesus what she had done, he told her, Daughter, your FAITH has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering. (Mark 5:34) Jesus said her faith was the cure…
I am not sure why this passage struck me so much this morning. I guess sometimes I feel like the unclean woman following Jesus. So many heart issues, so much admiration for him, desire to be near him, wanting a miracle. But honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever touched his robe. I’ve reached, I’ve pulled back, I’ve reached again. Believing, is that what life is all about? Is Jesus leading the world, waiting for us to reach out and touch him rather than just walking near him? Sometimes I wonder why I lack a faith like hers. I think in today’s world we have become cynical and complacent. We definitely don’t believe like she did. And why not? I am wondering this morning how it would make a difference in my life, in our lives, if we’d stop the negative record in our minds and hearts, and start to have a little more FAITH.
- I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
Matthew 17:20 (NIV)