But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. 43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
45 And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”
46 But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” 47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Leviticus 15 is a chapter of the Law that states the uncleanness of a man or a woman with a bodily discharge. Because of this bodily discharge the person who had this condition was impure and could not go to the Temple until the discharge was stopped and an atoning sacrifice had been made. For women, this specifically spoke to her monthly period discharge. In Luke 8 we read about a woman who had a bloody discharge for twelve years. This poor woman had spent all of her money going to doctors, subjected herself to all types of embarrassment, and yet was not healed. Her physical issue affected her spiritual issue even keeping her from worship in the Temple all this time.
Can we parallel this woman’s condition with everyone’s condition of sin? Sin keeps us from true worship; sin keeps us estranged from those we love; sin costs us every bit of money we throw at it in hopes of getting better. In the end, we can spend years of our lives with a discharge of sin that continually keeps us unclean. We know we are unclean and anyone who really knows us also knows that we are unclean, separated from God.
As this woman had no peace from her constant bloody discharge, so we have no peace from our constant outflow of selfishness, pride, envy, covetousness, bitterness and more. As she tried and tried to get help, so we try to do better, try a different church, a different religion, or we try someone else’s plan that seemed to help them but come away still flowing with sin’s awfulness.
Ultimately, this desperate woman determined to come to Jesus, whom she had heard could heal her. In her unclean condition, by law she was supposed to avoid a crowd lest someone touch her and become unclean, but in her desperation, she pushed through the crowd with faith to touch the robe of the Savior. You know the rest of the story. How much like her are we? Desperate for cleansing from our sin we pushed past family, past friends, and past our own reputation to humbly come to the Cross of Christ. We too came by faith realizing that He alone could save us from our sinful condition.
What a wonderful parallel for us to consider and what a wonderful woman of faith we can identify with. As she was, we were, as she became so did we. She, a child of sin and filled with sin’s effects came to Jesus and found healing, forgiveness, and peace.
Are you ready for Sunday? Are you preparing to gather with God’s people in His house? Are you making plans to be ready for Sunday? For us as followers of Christ, Sunday should be the best day of the week when we gather with one another in one Spirit to enjoy the worship of God and to gather around the word of God. Get ready, Sunday’s coming.
Have a great day in the Lord,