Two Perspectives of Healing
Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” (Mark 5:30 NLT)
She is simply known as “the woman with the issue of blood.” Isn’t it interesting how other people often define us by our issues.
She had this issue for twelve years, had consulted many physicians, had invested all her resources, but suffered still.
That is, until the day she was healed instantly by the power of Jesus Christ. She had heard of this Man, and determined that she was going to press through any obstacle in order to reach out to Him.
Nearly trampled by the crowds of people, this likely anemic woman’s determination would not be denied as she lunged forward and gripped the hem of his garment.
Losing her grip she lay there allowing the crowd to step around and over her. Because that’s what people often do to people with issues.
A flood of strength entered her body. She stood up, the heat of healing still surging within her. She was healed.
She felt it. She knew it.
Someone else knew it, too.
Jesus stopped mid stride. “Who just touched Me?,” He asked. At first she didn’t hear Him – she was caught up in her moment of joy.
He called out again for the one who had touched Him. Her heart pounded as she looked up into His eyes. “It was me,” she admitted.
The One whom she had pursued was now approaching her. The One whom she had touched now took her by the hand and said: “Your faith has made you whole. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
The power of God is a dynamic anointing – a divine empowerment that can be sensed and known.
This woman knew she had received the healing power of Jesus. Jesus knew His healing power had been released.
Perhaps two perspectives of this healing are intended to provide us two distinct truths.
1. For anyone with “issues”… Press in to Jesus. Don’t be denied or distracted by others. Keep reaching out in faith. One touch will change you forever.
2. For the believer whose normal routine is interrupted by someone reaching out to him in desperation… Allow God to use you as a conduit of His power to others. Pray in faith. Lay hands on the sick. Allow signs and wonders to follow YOU.
Having seen life from both perspectives – the one with issues, and the one being reached out to – of this I am certain: I need Jesus’s power and strength desperately.
Thank You that “it’s not by might or power, but by Your Spirit.”
It may be that we don’t receive what we need from Jesus because we are not desperate and have not “determined that she was going to press through any obstacle in order to reach out to Him.” Or, we may not be willing to be “trampled by the crowds of people.” I want whatever God has for me, but do I want it bad enough to do what it takes?