Pastor Steve Ellison
If you have ever had or known someone who had a debilitating illness that lasted for years you know how awful that can be. It is surely depressing and affects every part of your life. Mark 5:25-34 describes one such situation, “A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, 26 and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse — 27 after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. 28 For she thought, "If I just touch His garments, I will get well." 29 Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. 30 Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My garments?" 31 And His disciples said to Him, "You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'" 32 And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. 33 But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of 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.” NASU
This nameless woman had a condition that under Old Testament law rendered her unclean. She could not touch another human being or that person would be unclean for at least the rest of that day and maybe for a week. She could not go to synagogue or offer sacrifices in the Temple. Being perpetually unclean made her an outcast. This condition went on for twelve long years. She spent all her money on doctors and treatments that only made her condition worse. She was desperate. She had no hope. She was ready to trust Jesus. The healing of this nameless woman is a picture of salvation. All who have been saved were saved in this same manner.
Verse twenty-seven tells us that somehow, someway, this woman heard about Jesus. The news of His great power and great mercy made its way to her. Verse twenty-eight notes that she believed. This passage does not explicitly say how, but somehow God gave her the faith she needed in order to go to Jesus. She responded in that faith, went to Jesus, touched His garments, and was healed. The power of Christ saved her. As always, Christ called on the woman to make her faith and His saving power public. Christ was unwilling to let this nameless woman slip away into the crowd without acknowledging the miraculous healing. Verse thirty-three states that she fell at Jesus’ feet in worship and declared the whole truth. Jesus affirmed what she already knew in her heart; she was saved by the grace and mercy of God.
Dear sinner, have you come to the place that you feel helpless and hopeless? Have you exhausted all other avenues for finding peace and joy? Have you heard of Jesus’ saving power? Have you believed that Jesus is the only hope for healing in your life, especially your spiritual life? Have you reached out in faith to Jesus, casting all your cares on Him who cares for you? Have you agreed in a public way with Jesus about the whole truth, i.e., about your sin and His holiness? Have you fallen at Jesus’ feet in worship? If you cannot answer yes to these questions, you have no idea what marvels you are missing……....email@example.com