Woman with the Issue of Blood – Focus Scripture: Mark 5:25-34
In this story, an unnamed, suffering woman placed her faith in an extraordinary Jesus, and as a result, she was healed. Who was this woman? Scripture tells us that she had suffered twelve years with constant bleeding and that she had seen many doctors to no avail. At least one scholar suggested that, although this woman was a member of the unprivileged class, she probably at one time had been a person of some wealth because she was able to afford the services of physicians. To make matters worse, her failing health had drained her of her finances, leaving her destitute.
Knowing the power of Jesus to heal, this woman made a conscious choice to pursue Jesus. She stepped outside of her boundaries and decided to reach out to the one she believed could make a difference. I can imagine her working her way through the crowd, approaching Jesus from behind, and touching his garment. The scripture tells us that instantly the woman was healed. She could feel the healing power all over her body.
Jesus felt it, too. There was a transfer of power – a spirit-to-spirit connection. It was the power to heal, the power to renew, the power to restore. Somebody had reached out to touch Jesus in faith, and Jesus looked around wanting to know who had done such a thing. At first the woman was reluctant to come forward. She had this feeling that she had somehow overstepped her boundaries. She probably thought there would be repercussions.
The people in the crowd were probably all waiting to see what happens when you are so bold as to sneak up on Jesus from behind and reach out to take hold of his power. What happens when you believe with your whole heart that Jesus can set you free from whatever is ailing you? As far as the woman was concerned, none of these questions mattered. She was willing to accept whatever the outcome happened to be.
Now Jesus could have responded in various ways. But he said to her quietly: “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your disease” (v. 34). The New Living Translation says: “Your suffering is over.”
Did you hear what I said? Jesus called her Daughter – she was no longer alone; she was no longer disinherited; she was no longer a nobody being cast aside because of her condition. Jesus said: “Daughter, your faith has made you well.”
Blessed Jesus, thank you for being the author and finisher of our faith. Thank you for your healing touch and for making us well. In your holy name, we pray, Amen.