You ever struggle with something for a long time with no relief and no solution in sight? You’ve had numerous folks try to offer their advice and help and you’ve sought the professionals, but still you struggle? It could be a learning disability. It could be a physical impairment. Maybe it’s a family situation that just won’t resolve itself in a nice way. Or maybe it’s a job where you feel under-appreciated and overworked but your options for moving on are limited. It could even be a sin that you’ve struggled with for years, such as an addiction. Whatever it is, believe me when I say Jesus understands. And there is hope in dealing with that issue or overcoming it if you just trust in Jesus. That’s what the woman who had run out of options learned in today’s miracle.
A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse– after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.”
Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?”
And His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?'”
And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came 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 affliction.”
– Mark 5:25-34, NASB
This poor woman had struggled for twelve years with a hemorrhage that wouldn’t heal. She had seen plenty of doctors, but none had any answers. In that culture, that meant she would have been excluded because she would have been seen as unclean. She couldn’t participate in the goings-on at the synagogue, couldn’t go there to worship, and basically was an outcast. Nothing worked. No one could help her. Jesus was her last hope. And she reached out, as much with faith as with an outstretched hand, and touched Jesus’ cloak. The healing was immediate. And it happened without Jesus saying or doing a word. Think about that for a second. This wasn’t an intentional act of the Savior like we had seen in other miracles. However, it was His very nature reacting to a pleading by faith for His succor. And that request was granted. And it was granted right then.
Jesus felt the healing take place and asked who touched Him. The woman came forward, very afraid, and admitted what she had done. Notice Jesus’ words. Her faith had been what led to the healing. Jesus wished her peace and confirmed she was healed. But that’s not the best part. Do you see it? He called her “Daughter.” She was loved! She was included. She was accepted. After 12 years of ostracism, the One who could heal her not only did that, but accepted her, too! When she feared His wrath, He gave her perfect love. Yes, she needed the healing. But acceptance and love? She needed that all the more. And she got it, because our Savior understood her deepest need, just like we’ve seem so many times before. Praise the blessed Lamb!
He sees our needs, too. He knows what we struggle with, what beats us down. He know when life is unfair and when life has been unfair for longer than we care to remember. He sees us when we feel ostracized and excluded. He hears our cries and He senses our pain. But we’re not alone. He is right here. He always is. And He is waiting on us to reach out by faith and say, “Lord, I need you.” Maybe He won’t heal our affliction. Maybe He won’t restore our situation. He didn’t for Paul (2 Corinthians 12:1-10). There was a definitive reason Paul was left with his thorn. But realize that Jesus is right here and He sympathizes with us. He understands us. And He offers us the same love and acceptance as He did that woman. He is waiting to call us, “Son,” or “Daughter,” in the most tender way possible. Whatever it is you struggle with, lean by faith on our precious Savior. He offers us love and mercy. He gives us understanding, compassion, and support. He has promised to never leave us nor will He forsake us. He is always here for us when we hurt, when we feel like we can’t handle things, when we feel like giving up and laying down and not going on. And He gives us what we need to feel comfort and relief, to get us back on our feet, and to keep moving forward until He calls us home. This is the God we serve and we love. But as great as we love Him, it does not compare with how great His love is for us.