Hemorrhaging Woman Healed

A common phrase used in the world of healing is, “time heals all wounds.” I have found this to be more false than true. As a pastor, I talk regularly with people who are still carrying hurts from 30 or 40 years ago. The real truth is, time often makes things worse. Wo … More

Healing

We find one of the rulers of the synagogue shoving his way through the crowd to get to Jesus. This man had a high position of authority whose duty it was to be in charge of the service. In spite of his position as a leading person in the community he humbled himself and fell at Jesus’ feet.  He had a daughter who was very sick and he was begging Jesus to come and heal her.  Jesus was always ready to answer the call for help so He went with Jairus.

A large crowd followed them pushing and trying to get close to Jesus. A woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years touched Jesus garment. Immediately, the bleeding stopped and she knew her body had been healed. When Jesus asked who had touched Him, she began to tremble with fear because she was unclean and was afraid she had made Jesus unclean (Lev. 15:25-27).  But instead of the woman contaminating Christ by her touch, power had gone out of Him and cured her.

This passage tells us something about three people.

  1. It tells us something about Jesus. It tells us the cost of healing. Every time Jesus healed anyone it took something out of him. Here is a universal rule of life. We will never produce anything great unless we are prepared to put something of our very soul into it.
  2. It tells us something about the disciples. It shows us very vividly the limitations of what is called common sense. The disciples took the common-sense point of view.
  3. It tells us something about the woman. It tells us of the relief of confession. It was all so difficult; it was all so humiliating. But once she had told the whole truth to Jesus, the terror and the trembling were gone and a wave of relief flooded her heart.

Application

There are times when even spiritual leaders need to experience humility and confess their total inadequacy without Jesus. As I think back; what humbling experiences have I had.

Mark 5:21-34 (English Standard Version)

And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live." And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I will be made well." And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my garments?" And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, 'Who touched me?'" And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."

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