A woman burdened with illness
Text: Mark 5: 24-34
Thank you for joining me today. Yesterday, we learned how Jesus healed a woman who had been crippled for 18 years. Jesus interrupted the business of the day, the religious business, to call out this woman, to touch her and to heal her. This is such a beautiful picture of what Jesus does for us with our burdens and hard issues.
Today, we are looking at a story within a story…almost a side note, but for the wisdom of God, we see another women burdened with 12 years of illness and her complete healing.
As Jesus, and the crowds that were following Him, was on the way to Jairus’ home to heal his sick daughter, a woman furtively touched Jesus. This woman had an issue of blood for 12 years and had been hurt and taken advantage of by doctors who claimed they could heal. She had nothing left. She had exhausted every option.
Can you relate?
I strive and work hard, putting my nose to the grindstone, trying to fix what is broken. I buckle down, pull up my boot straps and exhaust myself. I spend everything I have to lift burdens that are too heavy to carry.
Why is it that I turn to Jesus as a last resort? Why do I deplete myself instead of going to the One with the power to heal, redeem, and restore?
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Mark 5: 30
I love that Jesus asks and looks for who touched Him. The disciples, not understanding, answered with the obvious, “the crowd,” but that wasn’t what Jesus meant. In the midst of the entire multitude, Jesus desired to speak with the sick woman, because it is never just about the healing, but the relationship with the Healer.
Trembling with fear, she fell at His feet for no unclean woman could touch a man. (Leviticus 15: 25-27)
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 32-33
Even in her desperation, her faith arrested the Savior. He stopped on His way, in the middle of the throng, to acknowledge this woman and her faith. Faith in Jesus brought healing. Faith caused her to face certain danger and punishment. Faith caused her come out of isolation and separation to be close to Jesus. Even in her fear, she stepped towards Jesus and He met her in that place.
Jesus meets us in our places too. We arrest His heart when we step out in faith to find the healing of our broken places.
Personalize the following scripture and let the truth of His word bring peace and hope:
(For example…Therefore, since Melissa has been justified by faith…)
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5: 1-5