Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Let’s build ourselves up in the life of faith today, looking to Jesus to learn how you and I can interact with Him with faith.
“When she heard about Jesus, she came behind in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, ‘ If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’ Immediately the [internal bleeding stopped], and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus… said, ‘Who touched My clothes?’ … He looked around to see her … And said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.’ “
Here is one of the most miraculous, yet practical encounters had with Jesus in the Gospels. It is plain to see the miraculous nature of the event, as Mark reports it to us. This woman had a chronic physical ailment nagging at her for years. Having simply heard from others about this man, Jesus, she came to the conclusion that touching just the clothing, or the prayer shawl probably draped around his neck, flowing down as He walked, would access the power needed to change her condition. She may have heard this from the man who had arisen from paralysis (Mark 2), or one of the fishermen who had just seen Him calm a storm (Mark 4), or a former leper now overjoyed to have met Jesus and been healed (Mark 1). The miraculous was happening and she certainly hoped it might happen to her.
When it did happen, Jesus knew it and wanted to know, “Who touched My clothes?” Out of all the people thronging along the road, Jesus knew when this one person tugged on His shirttail with a heart to receive from Him. But His response does not credit Himself with having dispensed a jolt of divine power. He gently set His attention on her.
His response to the woman recognizes her faith, her decision to press in and take hold. She came with a particular need, and her focus was on Him. How could faith be seen in her? It’s very practical: She took steps toward the Savior when the questions in her life and conflicts with others were still in doubt. She took steps toward Jesus. That’s what faith is in the practical realm, that is, in the real world.
What do you need in body, soul, or spirit? Don’t sit in the lukewarm luxury of self-assured doubt. Faith takes action by unlocking the door, putting the doubts on hold for the moment, and moving to touch the One whose power and love can actually fill you with new life.
Let’s get up together and take hold of Jesus. He is here for you today. Ask boldly for His blessings. He will reveal more than you’ve ever experienced and your faith will make the difference.
He is risen for you today.
Pastor Rich Marshall