20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 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.
25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” 31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” 32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
This miracle of Jesus has a special fascination to me. The woman in the story typifies every person who has tried every thing else before coming to Jesus. Mark gives us more details telling us that she suffered many things from many physicians. Here was a woman whose menstrual flow did not stop for twelve years. This made her ceremonially unclean so she could not go up to the Temple. This made her physically unclean unable to have any normal sexual relationships with her husband. Doctor after doctor took her money, all of it, putting her through different types of treatments some of which increased her suffering, but all to no avail.
Do you know anyone who is trying everything else they can possibly try but are not coming to Christ for help? The men and women of this generation are screaming for the meaning and purpose of life and are suffering at the hands of “professionals” who are subjecting them to all types of surgeries and treatments. Sin is excused and even defended. Pleasure is sought at all costs. Personal feelings are greater than truth itself. In the end, those seeking help are still in pain, still unfulfilled.
In a sane moment, this dear woman said to herself, “If can but touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, He can make me well.” So she set out on her pilgrimage to Jesus. She had to sneak through the crowds because she was unclean but that did not stop her from her trek. She got through the crowd and quietly, secretively touched the hem of Jesus’ robe. Her touch was a touch of faith and the Lord honored her faith. She knew instantly that for the first time in twelve years she was not bleeding! What peace must have flooded her body and soul.
But then Jesus called her out. “Oh no, everyone is going to know now.” She must have thought to herself, but she came to Jesus and He lovingly let her know that her faith had saved her and she could go in peace. Is this not what our entire culture longs to hear? Do they not long to hear the sweet voice of Jesus telling them that they can go in peace and be healed of the affliction of their bodies and their souls?
My friends, we have The Message that this world needs. Instead of getting upset at the perversion of those around you, bring them to Jesus. Their souls are screaming and they are going to all of the wrong places for the help that they need. They are spending all that they have trying to find the answer and are coming up empty, depressed, and even suicidal. Just two weeks ago a mother drove her family off of a cliff. That woman did not come to Jesus and no one was able to bring her to Him. In her depression she acted so wrongly. Pray for God to open your eyes to the hurting around you. They are not far away and their greatest need is to reach out in faith to the Savior.
Whom are you praying for today? Bring their name to prayer meeting tonight at 7:45. Reach out to the God of heaven together with your brothers and sisters in Christ and plead with God to bring others to faith in Him.
My friend, Bonnie, would appreciate your prayers today. A lung infection has sapped her strength. We have a concert on Sunday and we want her to be there. Pray for God to step in and raise her up in strength from His hand.
We do have a concert this Sunday. It is the 30th Anniversary Concert of the Naperville Men’s Glee Club. My son, Steven, will be doing the directing. There will be many fun moments as we reflect over the past 30 years of singing together. For tickets and info just send me a message.
Have a great day in the Lord,