In the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 9: 18-22; Mark 5:21-43 and Luke 8:40-46) we read the story of a miracle that was sandwiched between two other miracles. If you think of a bun, this was the meat within the sandwich. It concerns a woman who had been haemorrhaging for over twelve years.
This woman had been suffering and had spent all that she had in an effort to be healed. Unfortunately nothing was forthcoming and her condition continued. That was until the day she heard that Jesus was in town.
Jesus had just come from delivering a man who was demon possessed, in the process, looking at it from a human standpoint, wrecking the local pig farming economy. As he was walking along, he was going to the house of a man whose daughter was at the point of death, (a twelve year old girl who eventually died, but Jesus raised her). It was in the midst of this massive press, this massive crush of humanity, that Jesus made what was for the disciples an unusual statement: ‘Who touched me?’ He knew that power had gone out of Him. His disciples wondered aloud about his question, given the crowd and the number of people who were pressing against Him. His insistence made the woman come forward and confess that it was her. Before she had touched the hem of Jesus’ robe, she had determined in her heart, ‘If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I will be healed.’ When she owned up, Jesus said to her, ‘Daughter, be encouraged, your faith has made you well.’ She was made whole in that same moment.
A number of key lessons emerge from this simple, faith-building narrative.
- The central lesson is that the determined touch of faith is more powerful than the casual and curiosity-led brush of a crowd.
- Second, the touch of faith gets heaven’s attention, pulls down heaven’s resources to earth; transforming the destiny of the one who exercises faith.
If we have faith in Jesus, His power will be released into our lives, changing the storyline of our lives, giving us, as he did for the woman, a fresh start, a new beginning.
Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2013©
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‘God in heaven, I acknowledge that I am sinner and deserve to be punished for all the wrongs I have done. I am truly sorry. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to this world. I believe He lived, died and rose again for my sins. I repent of all past sins and ask you to forgive me because Jesus. I confess and ask Jesus to come into my life and be my Saviour and Lord. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me to obey you and lead me to follow you all the days of my life. Thank you God for giving me eternal life through your Son Jesus; Amen!’
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