| When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch the hem of His garment, I will be healed.” –Mark 5:27-28
We often read about the woman with the issue of blood and how she was healed just by touching the edge of Jesus’ garment. This testimony is a great example of the incredible power of Christ and the importance of faith. I do not believe that we give this woman enough credit when we share her testimony.
The woman with the issue of blood had lived with her ailment for twelve years, and you women can just imagine what she was going through. She had spent all the she had on doctors, but her illness only got worse. Not only was this woman sick, she was pretty much ostracized from society because according to Jewish custom, a woman in her condition was considered unclean and could not touch anyone or anything without making them ceremonially unclean as well (Lev. 15:25-33). This poor woman had probably thrown in the towel and given up on the idea of ever getting well. But something happened on one fateful day! She heard something that would change her life forever!
Jesus was on His way to heal Jairus’ daughter who was sick to the point of death (See verses 21-24), and as usual, a large crowd was following Him. As the woman with the issue of blood heard the commotion, she ran out thinking to herself, “If I just touch the hem of His garment, I will be healed.” Notice that she did not think, ‘I might be healed,’ but she believed that Jesus was so powerful that even the hem of His garment would certainly make her well. I often wondered why she was so assured of this. Think about it. She ran through the crowd, ignoring the Jewish custom that called her and anything or anyone she touched unclean, and took a HUGE leap of faith! Was it because she heard stories of previous miracles He performed? Did she believe that He was the Messiah? Had she been praying? She could have been murdered for what she did, but none of that mattered to her because she KNEW that she would live to tell a greater testimony. She was indeed a woman of great faith!
After this nameless woman touched the hem of Jesus' garment, she was healed, and Jesus felt the power leave His body. He immediately turned around and said, “Who touched me?” A crowd of hundreds of people were pressing into Him and touching Him, but there was something different about one of the touches. The touch took something from Him, and He felt it. Jesus was on His way to heal a dying child, but He could not allow the person that ‘claimed healing’ from Him to recede into the crowd without publicly commending her faith and acknowledging the incident that no one else probably noticed. So she came forward and confessed what happened, and Jesus said to her, “Daughter, YOUR FAITH HAS HEALED YOU. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Not only was this woman physically healed, but she was also spiritually saved. Why? Because she had the faith that made things happened. Why? Because she believed that Jesus could do all things!
Do you have this type of faith? Do you have the type of faith that is still hopeful in the power of Christ even when everyone else says that there is no hope? Do you have the type of faith that places the power of Christ above ‘tradition’? Do you have the type of faith that taps into Jesus’ power in a way that many others cannot? Do you have the type of faith that believes that Jesus can do in your life what He has done in the past? Do you have the type of faith that says, ‘If I could just touch the hem of Jesus' garment, I will be healed, and knows that it might mean a physical healing or perhaps, the grace to deal with pain and suffering (see 2 Corinthians 12:8-9)? We stand to learn a lot from the nameless woman with the issue of blood, and I hope that her testimony challenges us to step up our faith.
Grace and peace be with you.
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